Year 11 and 12 VEP Programme 2015 
 
Our Year 11 and 12 pupils have an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of more practical type subjects as part of our Vocational Enhancement Programme (VEP) that is delivered in partnership with Southern Regional College, St. Paul’s HS Bessbrook,St. Joseph’s HS Crossmaglen and Newry High School. 
 
Vice Principal and VEP Co-ordinator Mr A Cousins recently travelled to SRC in order to monitor the progress of our pupils and was able to capture a number of images on his camera during the visit. 
22/10/15 - Charity Shoebox Appeal 
 
Both Newtownhamilton High School and Newtownhamilton Primary School will be supporting the Drop Inn Ministries Christmas 2015 Shoebox Appeal. 
 
Drop Inn Ministries Representative Mr Ian Liggett recently spoke to the pupils and staff of both schools and explained that his organisation has been sending humanitarian aid to Belarus, Ukraine and Latvia since 1995. This includes distributing shoeboxes to children who live in orphanages, who are in hospital or whose lives are affected by poverty and ill health. 
 
The shoeboxes will be collected by Drop Inn Ministries on Friday 13th November 2015. 
 
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22/10/15 – Under 14 Football Victory  
 
Congratulations to the Under 14 football team following their 5-0 victory at Drumglass High School on Wednesday 21 October 2015. 
 
Jamie McKee and Ben Telford both scored twice while Stefan Patton also got his name on the scoresheet with an excellent free-kick. Well done to the following players: Kris Cartmill, Kyle Henry, Adam Gibson, William Coleman, Matthew Jenkins, Andrew Leyburn, Mark Giffin, Philip Watt, Jamie McKee, Ben Telford, Calvin Conn, Gareth Robinson, Gavin Henry and Stefan Patton. 
19/10/15 - Neil Shines in Football Victory 
 
Following a recent 3-0 league win at City of Armagh High School, the Under 16 football team entertained Drumglass High School in the Mid-Ulster League. 
 
Neil Preston proved to be the match winner on the day as his team recovered from conceding an early goal to claim a 2-1 victory. Neil's equalising goal was an impressive strike - thankfully our photographer Derek Riddle was in the right place at the right time to capture the moment as can be seen from the action shots below. 
 
Well done to the winning squad of Sam Murray, Adam McCullough, James Whitcroft, Ryan Morton, Joel Ewart, James Berry, Kyle Bradshaw, Glen McBride, Ethan Whyte, James Kennedy, Neil Preston, Calvin Park, Stephen Murphy and Jack Nesbitt. 
16/10/15 - Year 12 Cookery Demonstration 
 
Beautiful aromas drifted from the Home Economics room this morning as Mrs Reilly from the Livestock and Meat Commission conducted a cookery demonstration. Tikka Mince and Hoisin Beef Stir Fry were prepared and even better the pupils were able to sample these culinary delights. 
 
Both dishes were thoroughly enjoyed by the Year 12 pupils with no leftovers in sight! 
15/10/15 - Artist of the Month goes to Chloe White. 
 
Pupils in Year 9 completed their own creative and original designs for an Op Art project. Chloe scored the highest mark for her purple room of spinning spheres. Their work was inspired by famous Op Artist’s Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.  
 
Well done to all the pupils for their hard work this term. 
14/10/15 - Year 10 Students Visit Killowen 
 
Year 10 students were accompanied by Mrs Flanagan, Miss Hadden and Mr Cousins, on their annual residential to Killowen. Pupils had the opportunity to develop new skills such as canoeing, bouldering, speed boating and sailing, under the guidance of professional outdoor instructors from the centre. Everyone had a fantastic two days utilising the beautiful countryside of Rostrevor and exploring Carlingford Lough. The trip has once again been a roaring success and current Year 9 students are excitedly waiting their opportunity next year! 
 
Mrs Flanagan commended Year 10 for their excellent behaviour and manners throughout – they were a credit to our school, community and families! 
06/10/15 – Year 8 Shared Education Trip 
 
Our Year 8 pupils travelled to the picturesque setting of Slieve Gullion Park on Monday 5 October to participate in the first workshop of the new Delivering Social Change Shared Education Signature Project (DSCSESP) which involves pupils from Newtownhamilton HS, St. Paul’s HS Bessrook, Newry HS and St. Joseph’s HS Crossmaglen working together. 
 
The Department of Education, in conjunction with funding from the Delivering Social Change framework and Atlantic Philanthropies, is providing a funding stream of £25 million to support Shared Education programmes in schools over the next four years. 
 
This joint Year 8 project is being delivered through the Learning for Life and Work programme and give pupils an opportunity to investigate cultural identity. Further collaborative projects with other year groups are due to commence soon in the subject areas of Music and Maths. 
 
The South Armagh venue provided an ideal opportunity for pupils from all 4 schools to get to know each other through participation in a number of fun related ice-breaker activities. A short mountain walk through the Slieve Gullion Special Area of Conservation and the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) also provided knowledge on some local history. 
 
A further opportunity to meet new friends occurred over the lunch break as pupils got to know each other while having some fun in the large adventure play area. 
02/10/15 - New Set of Laptops 
 
Teachers and pupils are now able to benefit from an additional computer room following the arrival of 22 new laptops. Thanks to ICT Co-ordinator Mr A Chambers and Technician Mr D Riddle for organising the installation of these new machines. 
 
Pictured below are some of the 10A pupils using the new laptops this morning, with Mr Chambers on hand to offer some support.  
02/10/15 - U14 Rugby Success 
 
The Rugby World Cup fever spread to Newtownhamilton on Thursday 1 October when our Under 14 team entertained Rathfriland High School in a friendly match.  
 
Despite limited preparation in the build up to the game, Coach Mr Black and his players were still able to produce an excellent team performance which resulted in a comprehensive 33-0 win over their County Down counterparts. Ben Telford and Stefan Patton proved to be the standout performers with 3 tries and 4 conversions respectively while further tries were scored by Calvin Conn and Kyle Henry. 
 
Well done to the following squad members: William McBride, Kris Cartmill, Phillip Nicholl, Calvin Conn, Joe Armstrong, Henry Hamilton, Ben Cartmill, Adam Gibson, Jake McCartney, Kyle Henry, William Coleman, Ben Telford, Callum Duffy, Nathan Nesbitt, Philip Watt, Stefan Patton & Jonathan Leeman. 
02/10/15 - European Day of Languages 
 
Friday 25th September was a busy day for the French department in Newtownhamilton High School as they celebrated European Day of Languages. 
 
The aim of the day is to celebrate cultural diversity and promote language learning both inside and outside of school. 
 
On Friday 25th September, the canteen was converted into a Café Europe, where a delicious European menu was served. Croissants, pain au chocolat, soda farls and baguettes with nutella were on sale at break time with French Teacher Mrs Laverty and her Year 11 pupils serving hot chocolate. The European theme also continued at lunch, with Beef Bourguignon, pizza, Chicken Chausseur and other tasty European options available! Pupils were encouraged to use their language skills to purchase their ‘chocolat chaud et croissant’ and they certainly enjoyed sampling the wonderful choices available at break and lunch time. 
 
 
 
 
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