27/06/18 - Year 8 Visit Carrickfergus Castle 
 
Year 8 ended a great first year studying the Normans in History by stepping outside their classroom into the sunshine where they enthusiastically explored the magnificent Carrickfergus Castle which was built by John de Courcy in 1177. A final stop at MacDonalds ended a wonderful day out. Thanks go to Mrs Reid, Miss Baird and Mrs Patterson who accompanied the pupils. 
27/06/18 - Newtownhamilton Sport Day 2018 
 
A cool breeze dipped temperatures a little but it didn't deter another successful Sports Day. All competitors performed with great endeavour which resulted in very close fought encounters in all disciplines. Top performers on the day were Nicole Bailie who recorded new records for the Year 10 Girls 100m and Long Jump. Dylan McGurgan broke the Year 10 Boys 100m and 200m records. Zack Corkey equalled the Year 10 800m record set by Henry Jones over 10 years ago. In Year 11 Amber Lucas broke the Girls Shot Putt record and Amy Flanagan equalled the High Jump record. 
 
The relays: 
Junior Girls: 1st Fane 2nd Whitewater 3rd Dorsey 
Junior Boys: 1st Dorsey 2nd Whitewater 3rd Fane 
Senior Girls: 1st Whitewater (equalled Record) 2nd Dorsey 3rd Fane 
Senior Boys: 1st Whitewater (equalled Record) 2nd Fane 3rd Dorsey 
 
Tug of War: 
Junior: 1st Whitewater 2nd Fane 3rd Dorsey 
Senior: 1st Whitewater 2nd Fane 3rd Dorsey 
Year 10 History WWI Battlefields Trip - 16 June to 20 June 2018 
 
To mark the centenary of the ending of World War One, five of our Year 10 History pupils embarked on a collaborative History adventure with their friends from St Paul's High School, Bessbrook and St Joseph's College, Ipswich.  Together they built some lasting friendships and poignant memories as they discovered the moving history of World War One by visiting the Battlefields in Belgium and France.  History was brought to life as they visited some of the impressive monuments that commemorate the lives of the fallen soldiers such as the Thiepval Memorial and reflected in the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. 
 
They also led a heart-felt ceremony of song and poetry at the Island of Ireland Peace Park which was attended by the Irish Ambassador to Belgium, Helena Nolan and Alan Campbell, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy. The Orchard County will always be remembered at the Peace Park Village where our pupils stayed as an Apple tree was planted there to commemorate our time together. 
 
Two of our pupils, Ruby Blackwood from Newtownhamilton High School and Michael Doran from St Paul's High School, also had the privilege of visiting the war graves of their relatives.  On our last day the pupils had the unique honour of visiting an archaeological dig at Dig Hill 80 where the remains of over 105 German, French and British soldiers have been unearthed. 
 
Our thanks go to Mrs Reid, Head of History, and her colleagues from St Paul's High School: Head of History, Mr Emmett McCaffrey and Dr. Briege Rice, who accompanied our pupils on this amazing journey through World War One. 
 
Additional photographs and videos can be viewed on the school's History Department website and History Twitter feed @NHSHistoryDept. 
21/06/18 - "WHERE THE MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE SWEEP DOWN TO THE SEA"... 
 
43 pupils had a very enjoyable trip to Newcastle yesterday to celebrate their success in the school Merit System. 
 
In recognition of their dedication throughout the whole school year a reward trip was offered to these pupils. Congratulations to all those who attended. 
 
The sun was shining brightly over the Mourne mountains, the ice-cream shops were open, hot chocolate, chips and sweets were the order of the day! 
 
Delicious! 
20/06/18 - Geography River Study 
 
Year 11 Geography students travelled to Rostrevor with their teacher, Mrs E Flanagan, to begin the task of collecting fluvial data from the Yellow Water River. The aim of their investigation was to study the changing characteristics of a river, as you move downstream. The pupils are pictured using specialised equipment for measuring gradient, width and depth as well as bedload size.  
 
A fantastic day was had by all – the highlight being a Timoney’s ice cream on the way home! 
20/06/18 - School Success at Armagh Show 
 
Pupils experienced much success recently at the Armagh Show with entries in the Home Industries sections achieving a range of places from third right up to first. 
 
The schools cookery competition proved to be extremely close with our pupils just missing out on retaining the Pinkerton’s Cup. 
 
Well done to all who took part and represented the school so well. 
15/06/18 – Year 12 Leaver Tops 
 
Pictured are some Year 12 pupils following the arrival of their Leaver Tops which have been kindly sponsored by Powertec Refrigeration Ltd. Thanks also to pupils Emma Cooke, Jenna Corkey, Alyson Henry and Secretary Mrs S Boyle for all their organisation. 
08/06/18 – Lucy Jumps for Joy at Irish Eventing Competition 
 
Congratulations to our Year 11 pupil Lucy McIlroy on her fantastic achievement of finishing runner-up at the highly prestigious 2018 Kubota Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Ratoath, Meath. Even more remarkable is the fact that Lucy is only 15 years old! 
 
This achievement was reported in a recent edition of the Belfast telegraph: (https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/katie-is-crowned-junior-champion-36973818.html). 
 
Well done Lucy from everyone at Newtownhamilton High. 
 
 
 
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