28/11/11 - Parent Letter: Industrial Action - 30/11/11 
 
All pupils have been issued with a home letter today regarding the proposed industrial action on Wednesday 30 November 2011. 
 
28/11/11 – End of an Era for Long Serving Member 
 
One of Newtownhamilton High School’s longest serving members has sadly passed away peacefully after a short illness. ‘Jerry’ the white goldfish (pictured) was donated to the school by pupil Stewart Park back in 1992 when he attended Newtownhamilton High between 1990 and 1995. 
 
‘Jerry’ who had been renamed by the new Year 8 pupils every September for the past 18 years was a popular member of the Science department. Jerry is survived by his dear friend Fanta (the orange goldfish). 
 
A new fish (yet to be named) has since been kindly donated to the school by Stewart’s sister Mrs Beth McNiece. 
 
 
25/11/11 - Huge Success for Christmas Fayre 
 
The newly appointed committee of Newtownhamilton High School Association held their first event of the school year and what a success the Christmas Fayre proved to be as the assembly hall was packed out from start to finish. A healthy profit of over £800 was raised for school funds but equally important was the strengthening of the already solid links that the school has with the local and wider community. 
 
Satisfied School Association Chairman Mr Jim Harrison stated "It was a fabulous night and I want to thank all those people who donated gifts and attended the event. A big thank you also goes to the members of the School Association for all their hard work". 
 
School Principal Mr Garnet Mullan highlighted the importance of community links by stating "I would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to the tremendous success achieved at the Christmas Fayre. Evidence of the community support from both home and school was in abundance, with huge numbers of parents, pupils, past pupils, teachers and friends of the school all working together in a common cause – the good and future prosperity of the school. Particular thanks goes to the School Association under the Chairmanship of Mr Jim Harrison and his team of hard workers". 
 
Newtownhamilton High School Association would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this event - the support is very much appreciated. Budding photographer and Parent Mrs R Smyth was on hand to capture numerous action shots which can be viewed on the Gallery section of this website. 
 
All School Association Members are reminded that the next meeting will be held on Tuesday 6 December 2011 at 7.30pm in Room 5. Further information on the work of the School Association can be found on the 'Association' page of this website. 
 
25/11/11 - U14 Footballers Brave in Defeat 
 
Newtownhamilton HS 2  
Tandragee JHS 3 
 
The Under 14 footballers can count themselves extremely unfortunate not to have taken something from their league game against Tandragee Junior High School on Wednesday 23 November. 
 
Goals from Daryl Johnston and Nathan Dodds (penalty) were not enough as Tandragee ran out 3-2 winners. Despite the defeat, the Newtownhamilton boys can be proud of a display in which they created numerous goal scoring chances with strong performances from Matthew Harrison and Daryl Johnston. 
 
Coach Mr Black and his players wish Gary Knight and Matthew Rowland a speedy recovery from injury.  
21/11/11 - Year 12 Interview Skills Day 
 
Our Year 12 pupils took part in the Sentinus Interview Skills Programme on Friday 25 November. The morning session was delivered by Mr John Cooley and focused on preparing the pupils for the interviewing process. After lunch, there was an opportunity for all pupils to take part in a mock interview with leading individuals from the local and wider community. 
 
Many thanks to Sentinus Trainer Mr John Cooley and the 8 Interviewers for their support in this event. More photos can be found in the gallery section of this website. 
 
18/11/11 - Year 9 Pupils Visit The Tayto Factory 
 
Year 9 pupils visited the Tayto Factory in Tandragee on the 17th November 2011, to investigate a secondary manufacturing industry, which will be studied after Christmas in Geography. This educational trip proved very popular with the students of Newtownhamilton, as they could munch on delicious crisps whilst on their tour of Tayto, and they even got to meet Mr Tayto himself! Not to mention the 'freebies' all pupils took home from the factory! An enjoyable time was had by all. 
16/11/11 - Parent Letter 
 
All pupils were issued with a home letter for parents today (Wed). This letter was sent by the newly appointed School Association Chairman Mr Jim Harrison and refers to the Christmas Fayre that is to be held on Thursday 24 November (6.00-8.30pm). Please click here for a copy of this letter. 
 
Click here if you wish to find out more information on the School Association. 
15/11/11 
Newtownhamilton High at the Heart of the Community 
 
Newtownhamilton High School prides itself on the close links that it has with the local community. One of these links is the long standing relationship with Tullyvallen Football Club. 
 
Tullyvallen FC currently play their home matches on the school pitch while school PE lessons and after school hockey are delivered at the Club's impressive new 3G pitch on the Castleblaney Road. 
 
Tullyvallen FC Youth (Under 9's) also use the school assembly hall every Monday night at 7pm for training. Numbers attending range from 25-30 every week. Further information on Tullyvallen Youth can be obtained from Coach Chris Chambers on 07876535142 or by email (tvfc@hotmail.co.uk). Alternatively visit Tullyvallen Youth on Facebook.  
 
Pictured above are Tullyvallen FC  
Youth Members with Coaches  
Chris Chambers and Jason Henry. Chris and Jason are former pupils of Newtownhamilton High School. 
14/11/11 - Christmas Fayre Competition! 
 
A major attraction at our Christmas Fayre is the Scholastic Book Stall! 
You’ll find: 
 
 
• A fantastic range of over 200 top titles 
• Brilliant books by the very best authors 
• Prices starting from only £2.99 
• Exclusives that you won’t find anywhere else 
 
To celebrate this exciting event the English and Art Department are running a creative competition in conjunction with a Penguin Books Competition. Book voucher rewards will be awarded to the five winning entries! These vouchers can be spent at the Scholastic Book Stall on Thursday 24th November 2011. 
 
 
 
 
11/11/11 - Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep 
 
During the week beginning 7th November 2011 the Library and English Department paid tribute to Remembrance Day. School Librarian, Mrs Simms, created a thought provoking display of images and books associated with conflict and war. Year 8 pupils were given a Remembrance Day bookmarker and all pupils were encouraged to borrow this genre of books and reflect on the significance of this day. 
 
Some English classes read, listened to, and viewed emotive poems, songs and images as they pondered upon the poignant theme of war. 
 
Please take a few moments to listen to, and read, a very moving poem entitled 
‘Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep’ by Mary Fyre. 
 
Mary Frye, who was living in Baltimore at the time, wrote the poem in 1932. She had never written any poetry, but the plight of a young German Jewish woman, Margaret Schwarzkopf, who was staying with her inspired the poem. Margaret Schwarzkopf had been concerned about her mother, who was ill in Germany, but she had been warned not to return home because of increasing anti-Semitic unrest. 
When her mother died, the heartbroken young woman told Frye that she never had the chance to “stand by my mother’s grave and shed a tear”. Frye found herself composing a piece of verse on a brown paper shopping bag. Later she said that the words “just came to her” and expressed what she felt about life and death. 
The poem was introduced to many in Britain when it was read by the father of a soldier killed by a bomb in Northern Ireland. The soldier's father read the poem on BBC radio in 1995 in remembrance of his son. His deceased son had left this poem in an envelope addressed 'To all my loved ones'. 
 
‘Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep’ 
 
Do not stand at my grave and weep, 
I am not there; I do not sleep. 
I am a thousand winds that blow, 
I am the diamond glints on snow, 
I am the sun on ripened grain, 
I am the gentle autumn rain. 
When you awaken in the morning’s hush 
I am the swift uplifting rush 
Of quiet birds in circling flight. 
I am the soft starlight at night. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry, 
I am not there; I did not die. 
 
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10/11/11 - Parent Appeal 
 
'Newtownhamilton High School Association' is appealing to all parents to support the forthcoming Christmas Fayre by donating items that could be used to fill a Christmas Hamper. Examples may include a bottle of Shloer, Christmas pudding, tin of soup, shortbread etc. 
 
Additionally, parents can donate home baked items such as cakes, buns etc to the 'School Association Cake Stall'. 
 
Items for the Christmas Hampers should be left with Mrs Alexander in the Home Economics department on or before Tuesday 22 November at 3pm while cakes/buns can be brought on the night. 
 
Thanking you in anticipation of your support. 
10/11/11 - New Webpage Launched - School Association 
 
A new page has been added to this website called 'Association'. This page is dedicated to the work of the 'School Association' which consists of a group of parents, staff and friends that aim to provide the school with resources while also strengthening community links.  
 
The School Association page can be accessed by clicking on the word 'Association' on the main navigation bar. 
07/11/11 - Young Cook of the Year Competition 
 
The main objective of the Dairy Council's Young Cook of the Year competition is to encourage students to combine an understanding of good nutrition and value for money with creative flair and the ability to produce tasty and attractive food. It aims to promote cooking skills among young people alongside highlighting the importance of balanced, nutritious food, including dairy products, for a healthy lifestyle. The competition also intends to increase student's awareness of locally produced food. 
 
The competition is open to students throughout Northern Ireland at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 levels, and in Special Education. The Young Cook of the Year competition has been designed to support the current Home Economics curriculum, and has been endorsed by the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment in Northern Ireland (CCEA). 
 
Anyone interested in this competition should contact Mrs Alexander. 
07/11/11 - Non-Uniform Day for Charity 
 
There will be a non-uniform day for pupils and staff on Friday 11 November - at a cost of £1 per person. 
 
This idea was suggested by the pupils in 10X who recently gave a presentation in school assembly which was based on the plight of people in the Horn of Africa and what organisations like Tear Fund are doing to help. All money raised from this event will be sent to Tear Fund. 
07/11/11 - School Association Meeting (08/11/11) 
 
A Newtownhamilton High School Association meeting will take place in the school building on Tuesday 8th November 2011 at 7.30pm. Your support at this meeting would be greatly appreciated. 
01/11/11 - Christmas Fayre 
 
Newtownhamilton High School will be hosting a Christmas Fayre on Thursday 24 November 2011 (6.00-8.30pm). This event will be open to the community as the school aims to build on the good existing community links while also raising money for school funds. 
 
It is anticipated that a wide variety of stalls will be on show on the night and any interested individual/business looking to display their products should contact Mr Megaw or Mrs Alexander at the school (02830 878246). 
 
Come along, it should be fun!! 
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