27/09/11 - Fitness First 
 
All pupils have been working hard in PE lessons during the month of September as PE staff Mr J Black and Miss L Anderson have been putting them through some rigorous fitness testing involving the bleep test and circuit training.  
 
Kelvin McNiece (pictured) currently tops the leaderboard for the fittest pupil in the school. 
26/09/11 - Environmental Health Visitors 
 
Mr Richard Annette and Miss Melissa Blessing, from Newry and Mourne Council, visited the Home Economics Department recently to educate Year 8 pupils on the role of an Environmental Health Visitor (EHO) as part of the whole school careers programme. They also carried out an experiment to measure the effectiveness of hand washing by some of the pupils, as shown below. 
26/09/11 - Year 8 Induction Trip 
 
On Friday 23 September all Year 8 pupils had an enjoyable day at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh. 
 
Pupils had the opportunity to participate in a workshop such as Ulster Home Cooking, American Home Cooking, Tin Smithing, The Saddler’s Shop, The Blacksmith’s Forge and The Chemist’s Shop. 
 
As well as pupils getting to know each other better outside of the classroom, this experience provided links across the curriculum, particularly between Home Economics and History. 
23/09/11 - Year 11 & 12 CEIAG Presentations 
 
Year 11 and 12 pupils attended CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance) presentations on Friday 23 September. The presentations were delivered by Miss Cathy O'Neill (DEL Careers Adviser) and looked at the role of the Careers Service NI, the importance of qualifications in English and Maths, post 16 options, work experience, interview skills and the current economic climate. 
 
A big thank you to Cathy O'Neill for providing this service. 
23/09/11 - Vocational Enhancement Programme 
 
Our Year 11 and 12 pupils have been settling into the Vocational Enhancement Programme (VEP) that is run every Thursday in collaboration with Southern Regional College (Newry). This programme offers pupils to follow courses in a wide range of vocational subject areas while gaining external accrediation from CCEA. 
 
Additonal photographs of pupils participating in these courses can be found on the gallery section while further information on the partnership with SRC can be found on the VEP page of this website
22/09/11 - All Change With After School Hockey 
 
After school hockey for girls is now up and running under the guidance of newly appointed PE teacher Miss L Anderson. Not only is there a new coach this year but hockey is also taking place at a new venue and on a new day! 
 
Hockey practice is now being offered on a Wednesday afternoon (3.15-4.15pm) at the impressive new 3G playing surface at Tullyvallen Football Club. As shown below, a large turnout was in attendance for the first session on Wednesday 21 September. Interested pupils should contact Miss L Anderson for further details. 
 
Newtownhamilton High School has had a strong link with Tullyvallen Football Club in recent years and is extremely grateful for the use of this facility both for after school hockey and PE lessons. 
19/09/11 - 2011/12 Head Girl, Head Boy & Prefects 
 
Pictured are James Robinson and Amy Knight with Principal Mr G Mullan who have been selected as Head Boy and Head Girl respectively for 2011/12 school year. 
 
The following prefects have also been appointed: 
 
Victoria Anderson, Rayeanne Blackwood, Judith Copeland, Emma Henderson, Ashleigh Henry, Chloe Johnston, Jennifer King, Emma Kirkland, Janice Knight, Kathryn Leyburn, Leah McNiece & Kirsty Warnock. 
 
15/09/2011 Year 8 Comments on Roald Dahl 
 
Year 8 were asked to nominate a favourite Roald Dahl character. Below are some of their insightful responses: 
 
"My favourite character is Matilda because she is disliked by her family, but then she finds someone who does care and who looks after her. Also because she is so cute and sweet and reminds me of my sister Aimee". Emma McCombe 8X 
 
"Charlie in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ is my favourite character. He came from a poor background, but he never gave up". Glen McBride 8X 
 
"My favourite character is Willy Wonka because he was very humorous and always kept calm. He had a good imagination, which was displayed throughout the novel".  
Caitlin Coulter 8X 
 
"The best character is Matilda because she is so funny the way she teaches her Head Teacher a lesson and she is so smart". Andrew Hughes 8A 
 
Year 8 were asked to select their favourite Roald Dahl novel. This is what they wrote: 
 
"My favourite book is ‘Boy’ because it tells you about Roald Dahl when he was young and the funny things he did". Joanne King 8A 
 
"Matilda. It’s funny. But it makes you jump at times too! Like when Mrs Trunchbull swung the little girl round with pigtails. I also liked when Mrs Trunchbull fainted at the end".  
Jaymey Whyte 8X 
 
"Matilda, because we have at least one thing in common- we both enjoy reading books". Madison West 8X 
 
"My favourite Roald Dahl book is ‘James and the Giant Peach’. I like it because he gets away from his cruel aunts and he makes friends and he lives in New York". Anita McNiece 8X 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13/09/11 - Roald Dahl Day 
 
Roald Dahl Day was celebrated in Newtownhamilton High recently by Key Stage 3 classes. Year 8 enjoyed an afternoon ‘cinema experience’ in E1 with popcorn and a film! They watched an adaptation of one of Dahl’s most popular books: ‘Matilda’. 
 
Year 9 used Dahl’s story openers to continue their investigation into effective story openers and Year 10 completed a character analysis quiz to find out which Dahl character they were most like! It wasn’t a great shock when some pupils willingly announced that they were like ‘Mrs Twit’! 
 
Our school Librarian, Mrs Simms, created a lovely display of Roald Dahl’s novels and we were delighted to see many pupils hiring out his fantastic books. 
 
 
 
 
01/09/11 - Year 8 Induction Day 
 
The new Year 8 pupils started life at Newtownhamilton High School on Thursday 1 September. After a short welcome, the pupils quickly got to work in groups as part of an induction programme delivered by Young Enterprise. 
 
Following a tour of their new surroundings, pupils then got to meet their Form Teacher who went through a number of important issues. 
 
A big thank you must go to Mrs A Laverty and the prefects for the support provided. 
25/08/11 - GCSE Results 
 
Thursday 25 August saw the arrival of the latest GCSE results for Newtownhamilton High School and this year certainly didnt disappoint with many pupils excelling. Of particular note is Alison J Hamilton who achieved grades of 4 A*, 4 A, 1 B and 1 C. Well done to all pupils. 
 
Pupils are reminded that careers advice is available by contacting the school. 
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