Newtownhamilton High School initially developed a collaborative working link with St Paul’s High School Bessbrook, in 2009 through PEACE (Partnership for Educational & Community Enrichment) funding. This successful partnership was further developed as part of the Shared Education programme in 2011 and included St Joseph’s High School Crossmaglen and Newry High School. This partnership has gone from strength to strength and today is recognised by ETI as an example of good practice.
During Years 8-10, pupils from all 4 schools have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities and events such as Outdoor Pursuits, LLW Cultural Identity Workshops, Ulster Rugby Education Centre Visit, Art & Design, Joint Student Council, Coding Classes, Musical Workshops and many more. We greatly value the support of the PSNI, Co-operation Ireland, Newry, Mourne & Down District Council and Politics in Action for supporting the delivery of many of these shared activities and projects. It is through these experiences that pupils from all 4 schools are able to explore cultural diversity and have the confidence to celebrate each other’s beliefs in an atmosphere of total mutual respect.