25/02/15 - Ruth hitting the high notes with The Ulster Orchestra! 
Congratulations to Ruth Ferris (Year 10) who was selected to play with The Ulster Orchestra in their “Come and Play” experience on Sunday 22 February. Competition for places was fierce, and so it is quite the achievement to have been chosen from so many hopeful young people from across Northern Ireland. 
 
“Come and Play” has been hailed as one of the most popular events in the Ulster Orchestra’s season, with a 150-strong ‘super orchestra.’ Young amateur musicians performed alongside some of the top, world-class musicians in the country, under the direction of Stephen Bell, the orchestra’s conductor. 
 
After hours of gruelling rehearsals, the orchestra gave an outstanding performance of well-known classics, including Bizet’s ‘Les Toreadors’ from “Carmen,” Verdi’s ‘Hymn and Triumphal March’ and the ever popular ‘Star Wars Main Title’ by John Williams. Challenging music by anyone’s standards, which was thoroughly enjoyed by a packed audience. 
 
Ruth is a marvellous ambassador for our school’s music department, as well as the school as a whole. Music Teacher, Mrs Graham has commented: “This is an incredible experience for any young person, and as daunting as it may seem, these are the experiences which will be remembered forever. Having the skills and confidence to perform alongside world-class musicians is no mean feat, and Ruth should be incredibly proud of herself. It is also fantastic to see that pupils from Newtownhamilton, the smallest school in the SELB, have the skills, belief and drive to be a part of such an event. Hopefully Ruth’s experience will encourage others too. Well done Ruth – perhaps a successful career in music awaits you!” 
 
23/02/15 - Year 12 Interview Skills Day 
 
Our Year 12 pupils took part in the Sentinus Interview Skills Programme on Friday 20 February. Everyone involved made a tremendous 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 interviewing process. After lunch, pupils were given the opportunity to be interviewed by experienced individuals from the local and wider community. 
 
Many thanks to Mr Pat Jamison and the 9 Interviewers for giving up their time to support this event. Thanks also to Vice Principal Mr A Cousins for co-ordinating this event. 
 
More photos can be found in the Gallery section of this website. 
20/02/15 - Newtown Make Their Point Against Newry 
 
Newry High 1 
Newtownhamilton High 1 
 
The U13 boys fought back from a goal down to earn a well deserved league point against a talented Newry High School team at Camlough Rovers Football Club on Thursday 19 February. Ben Telford showed his predatory instincts once again by latching onto a mistake by the Newry goalkeeper to finish following an expert corner kick from Philip Watt.  
 
All players must take the credit for the result - well done. Next up is a match against Ballynahinch High in the N Ireland Small Schools' Cup. 
18/02/15 – Newtownhamilton High: No. 2 in Northern Ireland 
Many of the leading national newspapers have been publishing league tables over recent weeks of 2013/14 exam performance, with Newtownhamilton High being listed as the second best non-selective controlled school in Northern Ireland for pupils achieving 5 or more GCSE grades at A*-C, including the all-important GCSE English and GCSE Maths. 
 
Newtownhamilton High has been no stranger to academic success in recent years as the school has consistently performed exceptionally well in these statistics and was listed as N. Ireland’s top non-selective controlled school in the aforementioned category in both 2011 and 2012. 
 
Reflecting on the recent publications, Principal Neil Megaw stated, “Once again, we are delighted that Newtownhamilton High is being recognised province wide for its excellent academic standards. I have always said that the success of any child depends on a successful working partnership between pupil, parent and staff and so I pay tribute to the outstanding contributions of everyone involved.” 
 
Mr Megaw continued, “While the latest set of statistics is very pleasing, there are many other opportunities available to our pupils both inside and outside the classroom. I believe that it is this provision of opportunity which ensures that every child is an important child in our small country school.” 
 
 
 
Pictured are Caroline McBride (Top GCSE Pupil in 2014 with 7 A* and 3 A grades) and Andrew Knight (Top Vocational Pupil in 2014). 
09/02/15 - Construction Update on New PE Facilities 
 
Construction continues at great pace on the new 2G pitch with drainage and foundations now in place. The contractors are currently removing excess earth and hope to start putting in the base very soon. Despite having to down tools for 2 days due to the recent heavy snow, completion is still scheduled for the end of March. 
 
In another exciting new development, plans are almost finalised for the new fitness suite that will be located in the old school canteen. It is anticipated that work will soon commence on this project. 
 
With these new PE facilities, there will certainly be no excuses from pupils (and indeed staff) for not achieving their required fitness levels! 
09/02/15 - Young Enterprise Trade Fair 
 
Our Year 9 pupis attended the annual ‘Young Enterprise Trade Fair’ at Rushmere Shopping Centre on Friday 6th February, as part of their LLW course with subject teachers Mrs Emma Flanagan and Miss Lisa Moore. The students have been setting up their own companies over the past ten weeks, as part of the ‘Quickstart Programme’ and have been developing new entrepreneurial skills. Four groups in total entered the competition this year, with a variety of products ranging from homemade sewing kits to knitted baby clothing.  
 
A fantastic day was had by all, especially William McBride 9A, who won the ‘Outstanding Individual’ Award for his unique and interactive selling technique. Well done William! 
06/02/15 - GCSE Art Gallery 
 
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