21/11/17 - Year 12 Interview Skills Day 
 
Our Year 12 pupils took part in the annual Interview Skills Day on Friday 17 November. Everyone involved made a huge effort and they all looked very smart in their professional dress. The morning session was delivered by Sentinus Trainer Mr Pat Jamison and focused on preparing the pupils for the interview process. After lunch, pupils were given the opportunity to be interviewed by experienced individuals from the local and wider community. Many of the interviewers commented very positively on how well prepared the pupils were and how well dressed everyone was. This is both a credit to the pupils but also to their families. 
 
Many thanks to Mr Pat Jamison and the 10 Interviewers for giving up their time to support this event. Thanks also to Vice Principal Mr A Cousins for co-ordinating the event. 
20/11/17 - Community Carol Service 
 
Newtownhamilton High School 
 
Carol Service 
(featuring contributory primary schools) 
 
Monday 18th December 2017 
 
@ 10.30am in the Assembly Hall 
 
 
Everyone Welcome 
17/11/17 - White's Visits Year 11 Class 
 
The Year 11 Home Economics : Food and Nutrition group enjoyed a visiting speaker from White’s Oats, Tandragee this morning. 
 
Miss Kelly Adams joined the class in room 5 and provided the pupils with a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation. To begin with the history of the company was discussed as it dates back to 1910 and is now part of the Fane Valley group. This flowed on with identifying some of the local oat growers/farmers with the (Rory) Best family farm being highlighted. 
 
The actual harvesting and production process was seen through video clips which clearly reflected the naturalness of this product. Kelly then moved on to explain the product ranges now on the market which make interesting use of the porridge oats. The long list of health benefits offered by oats were explained which reinforced the nutritional knowledge of the class. 
 
Then the class heard about Interesting new product development ideas at White’s; which gave the group an insight into current consumer trends in the food industry. This lead on the Kelly allowing the first ever public showing the company’s new ‘taste the journey’ TV advertisement. Yes! – we seen it here first at Newtownhamilton High School! 
 
Finally, a variety of company accolades were displayed on screen and the use of social media for advertising purposes was discussed. Kelly ended her presentation with time for pupil to ask questions. She then very kindly gave each person a bag of porridge oats – of course – from White’s and a selection of new recipes to try. 
 
Thanks to Kelly this presentation has provided the pupils with a wonderful opportunity to see how the theory covered in the classroom setting is actually put into practice in an industrial setting. 
17/11/17 – High School Supports Shoebox Appeal 
 
Pictured are Newtownhamilton High School pupils handing over their Christmas shoeboxes to Drop Inn Ministries Representative Mr Ian Liggett. The shoeboxes will now be sent to Latvia where they will be distributed to children who live in orphanages, who are in hospital or whose lives are impacted by poverty and ill health. 
 
80 shoeboxes were donated by the pupils, parents and staff of Newtownhamilton High School. Many thanks to everyone who supported this very worthy cause. 
16/11/17 - Visit to Powertech Refrigeration Ltd 
 
Year 12 Business Studies pupils had the opportunity to visit Powertech Refrigeration Ltd to carry out research for their GCSE Controlled Assessment Task. During our visit David Smyth explained the type of work they are involved in as well as covering background information like factors of production, types of production, stakeholders, training and technology. 
 
Pupils got to see how some of the technology is used to show specific measurements and to create 3D models of the product which is very valuable when trying to win contracts or to explain to the customer what the final product will look like. David highlighted to pupils that innovation is key to the business and that they are constantly researching and evaluating their product and service and making improvements etc wherever they can. 
 
We would like to take this opportunity to especially thank David, Stuart, John and Ruth who took time out of their busy working day to speak with us and answer all our questions. 
 
 
 
16/11/17 - Artist of the Month 
 
Winners of the Op Art Competition 2017 and Artist of the Month are Jodie Truesdale 9x and Isaac Preston 9a. 
 
Both pupils designs were outstanding and so well executed. Well done on a very high standard of creative work. 
13/11/17 – Extreme Weather & Emergency School Closures 
 
Now that we have entered the winter months, schools are required by DENI to remind parents and pupils about the procedures for emergency school closures (due to adverse weather etc). 
 
Deciding to close a school is not an easy decision for a Principal as it causes disruption to many individuals. However, the health and safety of all school stakeholders must be the key factor when making this difficult decision. 
 
In order to find out if Newtownhamilton High School is closed, parents can tune into BBC Radio Ulster, visit the BBC NI website, or check for updates on our website and Facebook page. Parents will hopefully receive a text from our school messaging service. The aim is to make an early decision (usually before 7.30am) if possible. 
13/11/17 – Christmas Shoe Box Reminder 
 
Reminder that filled shoeboxes should be sent into school on or before Friday 17th November. These gifts will then be distributed to those in need that live in Latvia. 
 
What should you include in your shoebox? - Small toy (car or doll), small game (puzzle, skipping rope), cuddly toy, stationary (pencils, pens, crayons, exercise books etc), confectionary (sweets or chocolate), toiletries (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and sponge), clothing (scarf, gloves and hat) & letter/photograph. 
10/11/17 - Young Minds Matter Conference 
 
Newry Locality Planning Group Young Minds Matter Conference in Canal Court, Newry. We had 223 students attend from 9 schools in the area, 25 information stalls and 7 workshops/sessions for the young men to experience and enjoy. 
 
We have produced a DVD of the day which includes comments by students at the end of the day – we felt it was essential to have young men’s voices heard throughout the day in various ways. 
09/11/17 – Prize Night Celebrates Success for Class of 2017 
 
Newtownhamilton High School celebrated another year of excellent GCSE results at Prize Night on Wednesday. A full house was in attendance to hear inspirational guest speaker Mr David Blevins (Sky News Ireland Correspondent) reflect on his career in journalism and encouraged pupils, parents and school staff to write their own story as they progress through life. 
 
Principal Neil Megaw publicly announced that “81% of pupils this year achieved 5 GCSE grades at A*-C while an impressive 72% 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 Ruth Ferris for achieving an outstanding 3 A* grades and 8 A grades while Ethan Whyte collected the McNiece Cup for the Best All Round Pupil on the Vocational Enhancement Programme. 
 
Special mention must also go to the choir and Abi Henry for their musical performances and also to the joint effort of canteen staff and School Association Members for providing a fantastic supper. 
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