09/11/18 – Prize Night 2018
The local and wider community once again came out in force last night (Thursday 8 November) to celebrate the success of the 2017/18 school year at Newtownhamilton High. A packed assembly hall was in attendance as Chairman of the Board of Governors Mr Ivan Bingham welcomed guest speaker Rev Robert McClure, (recently installed minister of 2nd Newtownhamilton and Freeduff congregations) who reflected on his life journey from a pupil to becoming a farmer before entering the ministry. Rev McClure stressed the importance of having a good work ethic, skills and qualifications and urged pupils to take advantage of the many opportunities that were available at Newtownhamilton High School.
Principal Neil Megaw publicly announced that “82% of pupils this year achieved 5 GCSE grades at A*-C while an impressive 69% achieved 5 GCSE grades at A*-C when the all-important GCSE English and GCSE Maths grades are included”. Mr Megaw continued by stating that “these are statistics that any non-selective school in Northern Ireland would be proud of”.
The recipient for the G Mullan Cup for Academic Achievement was presented to Nicole Frazer for achieving an outstanding 5 A* grades and 5 A grades while Matthew Jenkins was awarded the McNiece Cup for the Best All Round Pupil on the Vocational Enhancement Programme.
Special mention must also go to the choir and our fiddle players (James Curry, David Herron & Daniel Porter) for their musical performances and also to the joint effort of Canteen Staff and School Association Members in providing a fantastic supper, which went down well with all in attendance.
To conclude, it was an excellent evening which was very fitting to acknowledge the fantastic achievements of the class of 2018.