Community Announcement for All Parents 
22/04/16 - Year 12 Linwoods Visit 
The Year 12 Home Economics group had the privilege of visiting the Linwoods factory based outside Armagh this morning. 
The family owned company, established in 1965, manufactures a range of Premium Bakery, Dairy and Healthy Super Foods. 
The pupils enjoyed the opportunity to view the entire bread making, packaging and distribution process and even sampled some of the freshly baked items from the production run! 
21/04/16 - Greenbank Visit 
Mr Cousins visited the Greenbank Campus of SRC this morning to check the progress of all Occupational Studies students as they prepared for their end of year assessments. All of the students were working hard and enjoying the opportunity to get their hands dirty. These three boys were particularly pleased to be there. 
14/04/16 - CAFRE Spring Open Days 
Pupils interested in future study at CAFRE should click on the link below to find out more information about forthcoming Open Days. 
11/04/16 - Peter Lifts Top Award 
Congratulations to former Newtownhamilton High School pupil Peter Falloon for winning the CCEA Learner of the Year Award at a prestigious event in Belfast recently. 
Peter collected the top prize for his work during the Schools’ Partnership Programme when he was in Year 11 and 12. This programme, which is delivered in collobaration with Southern Regional College every Thursday, saw Peter excel in modules for Construction and Engineering & Engineering Services. During his time at the Greenbank Campus in Newry, Peter also collected the award for the Top SRC Student of 2015. 
Vice Principal Mr A Cousins travelled with Peter and his family last week to collect the award from CCEA Chief Executive Justin Edwards. Peter is now studying for an apprenticeship in Land Based Service Engineering on the Portadown Campus of Southern Regional College. 
Well done Peter- everyone at Newtownhamilton High is very proud of you. 
08/04/16 - Year 9 Technology & Design Classes with a Difference! 
For the past 4 weeks, during Technology & Design lessons, Year 9 pupils have been engaged in an Engineering Futures programme: Pupils used the opportunity to develop their understanding of career opportunities within the field of Engineering. The theme chosen by the 5 different Year 9 groups was ‘Improving Farming Life’. Pupils set about designing a ‘product of the future’ which would make a familiar process either safer or more efficient. 
The programme was delivered by SENTINUS, the home of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) enrichment and enhancement activities for schools and young people in Northern Ireland. As the largest STEM outreach provider in the region, Sentinus delivers a wide range of programmes designed to support the teaching and learning of these subjects, particularly within a real world context. 
Although focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, Sentinus also gives significant opportunity to enhance employability and personal development through problem solving, team working, target setting, mentoring, working with adults and independent learning. 
The programme encouraged the development of links between schools, business and industry and enriched the learning experience for pupils. The Engineering Futures programme is designed to support the delivery of the curriculum, engage students in practical problem solving activities, research and development and investigative projects. 
Pupils worked with a real-life engineer who assisted them with the more technical aspects of their designs. Mr. Gareth Stephenson, (a past pupil of the school and currently in his final year of a Product Design degree at Queens University Belfast) was our link engineer. It was fantastic to see a past pupil working with current pupils and offering them an insight into his field of study. 
The five groups produced some excellent design proposals. Mr. Stephenson was very impressed with all the designs solution and spoke highly of pupil’s design and creativity skills. 
The 5 design solutions were: 
A Gas Converter – used to clean the air in and around a slurry tank when mixing. 
A Thermal Imaging Camera attached to a harvester – to ensure no one was lying in the field when cutting was taking place. 
An Automated Mushroom Picker – increasing productivity and efficiency. 
A PTO Sensor – stopping PTO shafts if anyone enters the area between it and the rear of the tractor when it is moving. 
A Lamb Raring House – to increase survival rates during lambing season 
This was a fantastic opportunity for pupils to further develop the skills required in the world of Technology & Design. All pupils really enjoyed the programme. We extend a huge thank you to Mr. Stephenson for all the time, effort and guidance he gave to the pupils. It was great to have you back in school! 
06/04/16 - Pupils Present Cheque to HAND 
Representatives from HAND received a cheque for £115.00 kindly dondated by "Little People, Big Ideas" a Year 9 Young Enterprise Company. These pupils set up their own company and traded products at Rushmere's Trade Fair in February. 
They decided to donate a percentage of their profits to this worthy local charity supporting Autism. 
05/04/16 - Stay Local – Go Further 
Please see the attached flyer for an upcoming information evening in SRC about local apprenticeship opportunities available for September 2016. 
This event is targeted at young people and their parents. It will feature presentations from leading business organisations including Norbrook, MJM, OHMG and PKF-FPM as well as young people currently undertaking 
apprenticeship training programmes in the greater Newry area. 
To register your attendance at this event, please use the link provided. 
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