22/05/14 - Year 11 Geography Field Trip 
 
Year 11 GCSE Geography students enjoyed the glorious sunshine at Rostrevor, whilst gathering fluvial data for their Controlled Assessment Task. They were accompanied by their subject teacher Mrs Flanagan and assisted by Vincent McAlinden (Field Instructor from Killowen Educational Centre). All in attendance had a successful and fun learning experience outside of the classroom, and now can begin collating and tabulating the data to begin their independent CAT piece. 
19/05/14 - Andrew is Top SRC Student 
 
Congratulations to Year 12 pupil Andrew Knight on being selected as the Southern Regional College Student of the Year at the recent School Partnership Programme Awards in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry. Andrew excelled in his modules of Safe Tractor, Electrical, Joinery and Plastering. 
 
Andrew has also represented Newtownhamilton High on two occasions at the annual SRC Skillbuild event and performed very well. 
 
Congratulations must also go to Matthew Giffin for collecting the Best in Subject Award for Electrical Wiring. 
 
Well done to both boys. 
 
Andrew Knight is pictured above with Principal Mr G Mullan 
14/05/14 – Ryamugwizi Primary School, Uganda 
 
Vice Principal Mr N Megaw delivered a whole school assembly last week about his 9 day mission trip to Uganda during his Easter holidays. Mr Megaw travelled to the western district of Ibanda in Uganda with the REAP (Realise East African Potential) Project Team, which was working under the umbrella of local award-winning charity Fields of Life. 
 
Since 1995 Fields of Life has been bringing about meaningful and real change in East African communities. The Fields of Life mission of providing sustainable development focuses on four main issues - the provision of quality education, the provision of clean water, health promotion and income generating projects. To date Fields of Life has constructed 110 schools providing education for more than 45,000 children but this is just the tip of the ice-berg. In addition, the charity has drilled 265 wells which are now providing approximately 250,000 villagers with clean, safe drinking water. 
 
The REAP Project (established by 17 County Armagh men in 2012) set out to raise £35,000 in order to finance the construction of a new classroom block and a £3,600 well (which was later kindly donated by Markethill Livestock Sales Ltd) at Ryamugwizi Primary School. All REAP Members were responsible for running a number of fund-raising events. Mr Megaw contributed over £5,000 to the final total raised through the organisation of a charity football match in his home village of Richhill, a non-uniform day at Newtownhamilton High (see picture below), a Church barbecue, a coffee morning and also through various donations received from both individuals and local businesses. There were also a number of team fund-raising events which involved a 10 mile tractor pull through County Down, quiz nights, golf days, Ulster and Lions rugby breakfasts, coffee mornings, marathons, barbecues, a tag rugby tournament and even a bungee jump! 
 
As a result of the commitment demonstrated by REAP Members and the generosity of the general public, the REAP project exceeded their initial target by actually raising a massive £60,000 which meant many additions such as a toilet block and new kitchen could be built at the school. Mr Megaw commented “I want to take this opportunity to thank the pupils, staff, parents and friends of Newtownhamilton High who supported me in recent fund raising events and also through prayer. A special mention goes to our Year 9 Home Economics pupils and teacher Mrs C Alexander who baked tray bakes for a successful coffee morning which I recently held at my home. The generosity that I received from the Newtownhamilton community was overwhelming and I can assure everyone that the 223 pupils at Ryamugwizi Primary School are much better off as a result of this support”. 
 
During the trip, the REAP team used their time to complete the construction of the new school building, paint 3 classrooms in the old school building, oversee vital teacher training (the team contained 5 teachers), deliver Bible classes to pupils, run a sports camp for pupils and build a small football pitch for community members. 
 
Mr Megaw concluded “Our REAP team members simply believe that the vast majority of people here in Northern Ireland are blessed with a free education and a comfortable lifestyle. We wanted to show the children of Ryamugwizi that people do care and that there is hope for a better future. I am confident that our time at Ryamugwizi will bring about positive and long-term change that will hopefully see this poverty stricken community REAP the rewards”. 
14/05/14 - Tullyvallen FC Celebrate Successful Season 
 
The staff and pupils from Newtownhamilton High School congratulate Tullyvallen Football Club on a successful season following their Mid-Ulster league and cup double success.  
 
Having recently won the Foster Cup, the local based Club made it a memorable season when they clinched the Division 2 league title on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Portadown BB Old Boys. 
 
Particular mention must go to our current Year 12 pupils Gary Knight and Neil Morton who were part of the winning squad. In fact, 10 of the 14 man squad that played on Saturday are all former pupils of Newtownhamilton High School. 
 
Tullyvallen FC will be hoping for future success as this young team prepare for the opening of the impressive new pitch and facilities on the Blaney Road.  
08/05/14 - Newry & Mourne Quiz Success 
 
Principal Mr G Mullan recently travelled with 8 pupils to the Canal Court Hotel in Newry to participate in the annual Newry & Mourne Council District Quiz for schools.  
 
Pupils from different schools in Newry & Mourne ALC joined together and competed for table prizes. The event was keenly contested with only a 1/2 point separating the top 2 teams on the night. Alex Smyth (pictured left) represented Newtownhamilton High in the winning team and therefore received an impressive cash prize of £50 while Jordan Burke (pictured right) received £30 for her contribution to the second placed team. Happy spending girls!  
 
 
08/05/14 - Student Planner Prizes 
 
The Year 9 ICT classes were recently set a task during class by Teacher Mrs J Ferris to design a front cover for the 2014/15 Student Planner. 
 
Vice Principal Mr N Megaw had the difficult task of selecting the best entry and after much deliberation, Rachel Harrison was awarded 1st Prize and received £10 with Hannah Calvin coming runner-up thus receiving £5. 
 
Congratulations to both Rachel and Hannah. 
 
08/05/14 - Newtownhamilton Turns Pink to Welcome Giro d'Italia 
 
Newtownhamilton High School and the Newtownhamilton community are preparing for the visit of the famous Giro d'Italia cycle race which passes through the area on Sunday. Flags, banners, bunting, bicycles and many other unusual items are appearing all over the area as pink fever has officially hit Newtownhamilton. 
 
Newtownhamilton Community Association have organised a family fun day full of entertainment at The Commons on Sunday 11 May commencing at 10am. Everyone Welcome. 
Year 8 Science classes getting prepared for the Giro d'Italia 
Newtownhamilton High School - at the heart of the community 
07/05/14 - Tug of War Success for both Boys and Girls 
 
Congratulations to the Year 11 Boys and Girls who participated in the annual Secondary Schools' Tug of War Championships at Craigavon Leisure Centre on Tuesday 6 May. 
 
Both teams were superb on the day and came back to Newtownhamilton as runners-up in their individual competitions. Well done to everyone involved. 
07/05/14 - Orange Order Support for Schools 
 
Representatives from Newtownhamilton High and St Paul’s High School Bessbrook were delighted to have the opportunity to support the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland (GOLI) when they launched their new schools’ workbook ‘Soldiers, Spies and Supplies’ on 1st May 2014. Appropriately, the event was held at the site of King William’s victory at the Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge, Co Meath. 
 
GOLI have in their possession an outstanding parchment document dating from 1690 and they have used it to highlight to school pupils aspects of the Williamite campaign which are not easily accessible. It is hoped that this latest element in the Orange Order’s extensive outreach programme will enable relevant material from the time to be easily accessible to schools on a cross-community basis. 
 
 
Pictured at the event with the Imperial Grand Master Edward Stevenson are  
Mr Jarlath Burns (Principal, St Paul’s HS Bessbrook) and Mr Neil Megaw (Vice-Principal, Newtownhamilton High). 
02/05/14 - Important Year 12 Information 
 
A decision has been made to commence our Year 12 study leave from Tuesday 6 May, which 1 school day earlier than previously arranged. Pupils should use this additional time wisely to prepare for forthcoming exams, the first of which (LLW) commences on Friday 9 May (9.15am).  
 
Pupils have already been issued with a copy of their personal exam timetable while electronic versions for both CCEA and AQA examination boards are available to download from the home page of this website. It is important that pupils arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of their exam. Further information on GCSE exams is available in the Examination Information Booklet that has been issued to pupils today. 
 
Pupils who study at the Southern Regional College are reminded that they are expected to attend the Award Ceremony in the Canal Court Hotel on Friday 9 May. These pupils will be transported immediately after their LLW exam and should wear their full school uniform. 
02/05/14 - Year 12 Final Assembly 
 
Year 12 pupils delivered a whole school assembly on Wednesday 30 April which included a 15 minute DVD on their memories of the teaching staff over the past 5 years. Year 12 Form Teachers Mrs C Alexander and Mrs J Ferris got a special mention for their support and were presented with flowers from the pupils. 
The Class of 2014 
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