25/01/13 - Farmhouse Breakfast Morning 
Farmhouse Breakfast Week is an annual celebration championing the importance of breakfast which aims to get the nation to Shake Up Their Wake Up! 47% of people regularly skip breakfast during the week so the aim is to encourage people to enjoy a healthy breakfast more regularly. 
Newtownhamilton High School supported this event on Friday 25 January by holding a whole school assembly (delivered by the Student Council) to reinforce the importance of starting the day with breakfast. Staff and pupils then enjoyed bacon baps that had been prepared by Mrs C Alexander and her team of helpers.  
24/01/13 - Successful Open Night 
The staff and pupils of Newtownhamilton High School welcomed the Primary 6 & 7 pupils and parents from the surrounding area to Open Night on Wednesday 23 January. A large crowd was in attendance as the evening commenced with a presentation from Principal Mr Garnet Mullan in the assembly hall. 
Mr Mullan spoke about the excellent academic record (average of 86% of pupils attaining 5 A*-C grades over the past 4 years) and the successful Vocational Enhancement Programme which offers subjects of a more practical nature and is run in collaboration with Southern Regional College and St. Paul's High School, Bessbrook. A wide variety of clubs, societies, trips and programmes that are delivered by a committed and caring staff, were also highlighted as an important aspect of school life. 
The Principal also reflected on the recent 'Very Good' ETI report and the Area Based Plan proposal (July 2012) that states “It would be the intention of the SELB to retain Newtownhamilton High School” 
Guests were then treated to musical items from GCSE Music students James Blackwood, Nathan Glasgow and Caroline McBride before there was an opportunity to tour the school and view the facilities and many displays on show within individual subject departments. Pupils and guests were then invited to work up an appetite through participation in Zumba Fitness with energetic PE Teacher Miss Anderson before refreshments were served in the canteen. There was also an opportunity to sample some home made treats that had been prepared by pupils in the Home Economics department. 
Prospective parents requiring further information on enrolment, transfer or transport issues should contact Principal Mr Mullan on 02830 878246. 
Click here for the 2013/14 School Prospectus and also visit our gallery for more images from Open Night. 
Newtownhamilton High School – at the heart of the community 
22/01/13 - Newtownhamilton High On The News 
Viewers of the BBC NI News on Monday 21 January will have noticed Newtownhamilton High School feature as Weather Reporter Jo Scott presented a variety of images on snow scenes throughout N Ireland. 
Earlier that morning some of our senior pupils and Mr Sloan were photographed helping push Mrs Beattie up the hill into the school car park and it was this image that featured on the national news. 
22/01/13 - Football Teams Bow Out In Cup Quarter Finals 
Both the U13 and U15 football teams have been eliminated from the Northern Ireland Schools' Cup competitions after closely contested matches. 
The U13 team were beaten 7-4 by Fivemiletown in a thrilling contest. A poor first half did the damage with Newtownhamilton conceding 5 goals before the interval, despite dominating the early exchanges. A much better second half and an inspiring performance by Ethan Whyte, who netted four stunning goals, got the boys within touching distance. However, their opponents scored two goals on the break to finally kill off a spirited Newtown fight back. 
The U15 team were beaten 4-0 by a strong Omagh High School team with the scoreline definitely not reflecting the balance of play as Newtown did everything but score in a thrilling encounter. At 2-0 down, Nathan Dodds produced a superb shot that thundered against the crossbar and from the rebound Omagh forced the ball up field and scored on the counter attack to put an end to the Newtown onslaught. A penalty in the dying seconds meant the scoreline was a bitter pill to swallow for the boys but we wish Omagh all the best in the next round. 
22/01/13 - SEP Rugby Success at Markethill High School 
The U14 Rugby team again joined forces with St Paul's High School Bessbrook to take part in a round robin tournament involving Markethill High School and City of Armagh High School in Markethill. The team performed excellently throughout and produced very pleasing results against Markethill High and drew against City of Armagh.  
The overall tries scored meant the joint team of Newtownhamilton and St Paul's finished on top of the pile thus proving that all the coaching they have been receiving has really improved the standard. Well done to all the boys involved. 
21/01/13 - Newtownhamilton High School In The Snow 
Despite recent heavy snow, Newtownhamilton High School remains open for business - parents and pupils are reminded that updates regarding emergency closure and bus routes can be found on this website daily from 7.30am.  
Mr Megaw was on hand early this morning to capture the following images. It is good to see some of the Year 11 and 12 boys helping Mrs Beattie (pictured centre) up the hill into school! 
School Staying Open (DV) Friday 18 January 2013 
Weather forecasts for the previous 2 days have obviously been causing me some concern. Sleet has been forecast for the area. Barring heavy falls of snow overnight, it is my intention that Newtownhamilton High will remain open on Friday 18.1.13. 
Please be aware that for most buses, the route taken may well be on main roads only. Drivers will make a decision on the route to be taken on Friday morning. In the interests of the pupils’ safety, buses may not be travelling on minor roads, especially those with steep hills. 
Eg1 Norman’s bus - may be on main road from Keady to Newtownhamilton 
Eg2 Brendan’s bus - may be using main Castleblaney Road and not Old Road 
Eg3 Gerard’s bus - possibly pickup in Belleeks, Black's Stables and Whitecross (not Kingsmills) 
Eg4 William’s bus - usual route (check website at 7.30am). 
Importantly, please also be aware that pupils may need to be left at their pickup points on the main roads in the evening. It is recommended that pupils bring a charged mobile phone to school so that they can be used in case of emergency. 
As I am not familiar with the exact details of these bus routes and times, please use your best judgement as to when you think that buses might be passing a particular point on the main road. It would also be helpful if pupils could keep in contact with each other by mobile phone as to when they have been picked up. 
It is hoped that parents will support the school by bringing their children, if necessary, to a main road for picking up. Attendance today (93%) has been very encouraging. However, please do not put yourselves or your vehicles at risk; steep hills are very dangerous when covered in slush and snow. 
Parents and pupils are reminded that updates regarding school openings and bus routes can be accessed on this website from 7.30am onwards (during previous periods of snow we had nearly 300 “hits” in a single day). 
Finally, if you read this message, it would be appreciated if you could let neighbours know that we are trying to stay open on 18.1.13 and that the website is an invaluable tool in providing the most up to date information available. 
Mr G Mullan 
Updated 17.1.13 at 3.05pm 
17/01/13 – Community Fitness Classes Back By Popular Demand 
Are you looking to get back into shape in 2013? – then why not come along to our popular School Association Community Fitness Classes. 
The 6 week block session will commence on Thursday 7 February 2013 at 7.00pm in the assembly hall and will be delivered by local fitness instructor Mr Gerry Murphy. 
Workouts are keenly priced at £3 per sessions or £15 for the 6 week programme (this must be paid at the first session). Participants must be 16 years old or over and will be asked to complete a short enrolment form that requests information on any health issues. All proceeds will go towards the running of the school. 
Anyone interested in attending these sessions should contact Mr N Megaw, Mrs B McNiece or the school office on 02830 878246. Everyone Welcome. 
14/01/13 - GCSE Art & Design (True Colours) 
Ashleigh Henry’s GCSE Art and Design work is held in high estee as her work was chosen, amongst other top candidates across Northern Ireland, for exhibition in the Ulster Museum. She is pictured with Miss Johnston at the reception and private viewing held on Thursday 10th January. Her parents and sister also attended the open evening and the exhibition is now open free for the public to see. 
09/01/13 - Christmas Cake Competition 
Congratulations to all Year 10 pupils on the fantastic range of Christmas Cakes that they produced during December.  
Principal Mr G Mullan had the difficult task of selecting the top 3 cakes and after much deliberation the following pupils were selected: 
1st - Alex Smyth 
2nd - Jim Preston 
3rd - Nicole Campbell 
Well done to all competitors. Pictures of some of the entries can be viewed by clicking on the image. 
08/01/13 - Open Night (23/01/13) 
Primary 6 and 7 pupils are reminded that Open Night at Newtownhamilton High School will take place on Wednesday 23 January 2013. 
The evening will commence with a presentation from Principal Mr G Mullan in the Assembly Hall at 7.30pm sharp, after which there will be an opportunity to tour the school and view the facilities and many displays on show. Refreshments will also be provided in the school canteen. 
Parents and pupils that are unable to attend Open Night can contact Principal Mr G Mullan (02830 878246) in order to arrange an appointment. 
Everyone welcome - come along and enjoy the fun! 
Below are some images from the successful Open Night held during January 2012. 
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