28/02/20 - Another Reading Success Story! 
Congratulations to Noah McKnight who is our second ‘twenty-five book’ prize winner! Noah is a keen reader and we are so proud of him! Well done Noah! 
28/02/20 - Famous Author Visit! 
KS3 classes had the privilege of meeting guest author Dan Freedman on Tuesday 24th February 2020. Dan is the bestselling author of the Jamie Johnson series which was adapted into a popular television series by the BBC. Before becoming an author, Dan was managing editor for The FA for seven years. He has interviewed sports stars such as Messi and Ronaldo and has been to two World Cups as part of the official England Team group! He was also part of the official delegations to meet the Queen, the Prime Minister and Nelson Mandela! 
Fortunately for our pupils, when not writing, Dan delivers talks at schools and sports clubs. We were delighted to take part in an exciting project with BookTrust NI and SONI which offered our pupils the opportunity to receive a free copy of his latest novel ‘Unstoppable’ and to meet him! Pupils spent the afternoon learning about Dan’s life and participating in a question and answer session. This was followed by book signing. Year 8 pupil, Kacey Hamilton, was the lucky winner of a signed football. 
Dan Freedman is a very talented writer and has led a very exciting life. He inspired pupils by describing how he became a writer and how to create a powerful piece of writing. His message to never give up and to ‘just put something down on paper and then edit and edit’ was a useful piece of advice for all pupils to follow. His exploration of his latest novel ‘Unstoppable’ was both personal and interesting. This novel is truly gripping and our pupils really enjoyed reading it. We are so grateful to BookTrust NI and SONI for organising this memorable event. 
10/02/20 - SRC Skillbuild Competition 
Congratulations to Elle Corkey, Hannah Mitchell, Sam Watt, William Lowe, Sergejs Leonovs, Dylan Whyte, Dylan Frazer, Jamie Nesbitt, Ben Armstrong and Jack Barbour who all represented Newtownhamilton High School at the recent Skillbuild competition at Southern Regional College in Newry. Elle finished 1st in Catering and Dylan Frazer finished 3rd in Electrical Installation. 
10/02/20 - Young Enterprise at Rushmere 
Year 9 Young Enterprise students travelled to Rushmere with Mr Black to participate in the annual ‘Quickstart Trade Fair’. This competition allows students to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills through the setting up of their own companies. Eight groups in total entered the competition and have been planning their enterprise, allocating job roles, carrying out market research, sourcing products, promoting their business and finally selling their creations to the public. 
A huge congratulations to ‘Go Green’ who secured the ‘Best Overall Quickstart Winners’. All participants had a fantastic day mingling with like-minded entrepreneurs as well as the general public. A special thank you to Mrs Flanagan and Mrs Ferris for all their guidance and support throughout the project. 
10/02/20 - Football results: 
U14 League 
Newry High 1 – 2 Newtownhamilton High 
A very good result against a strong Newry side. Goals from Philip Gibson and Harry Copeland put Newtownhamilton in a commanding position. Newry pulled a goal back and pushed hard for an equalizer but Newtownhamilton’ s defence stood firm. 
U13 Northern Ireland Small Schools Cup 
Newtownhamilton High 8 – 1 St Colmille’s Crossgar 
After going a goal down very early in the game, the team regrouped and delivered a commanding performance to run out worthy winners. Hat tricks from Harry Copeland and Joseph Preston were the highlight, with Daniel Keys and Nathan Nesbitt also adding to the scoresheet. 
U15 Northern Ireland Small Schools Cup 
St Patricks’s Dungiven 0 – 6 Newtownhamilton High 
The U15s made the long journey to Dungiven to play their Quarter final match. They got off to a great start when James Hamilton finished from close range after a great team move. Further goals from Philip Gibson (2), James Hamilton, Rhys Hughes and Isaac Preston sealed the impressive away victory. 
07/02/20 – Newtownhamilton High Ranked Top NI Controlled Non-Grammar School 
It’s official – Newtownhamilton High has been identified as the Top Controlled Non-Grammar School in Northern Ireland in 2018/19 for pupils gaining 5 GCSE grades at A*-C, including the all-important GCSE English and GCSE Maths. 
The school, with an enrolment of 200, was placed 6th overall following the annual publication of league tables by The Irish News. 
Reflecting on this latest success for the school, Principal Neil Megaw stated “While I accept that league tables are not a valid basis for comparing schools, it is still pleasing for us to know that we are providing our pupils with an opportunity to achieve impressive GCSE outcomes. However, we also offer many other positive experiences and opportunities beyond the classroom environment. Finally, I congratulate the class of 2019, their parents and our dedicated teaching and non-teaching staff for working together in their pursuit of success”. 
06/02/20 – Cystic Fibrosis Donation 
The following report was written by some of our Year 12 pupils: 
This donation is close to our hearts as we support Ruby Johnston, a Year 8 pupil, who has a diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis. 
In raising this money, a selected group of Year 12 pupils worked together to put on a Christmas Party, by charging each pupil £1 (or more if they wanted) while also raising awareness of this worthy cause. We also left a box in the school foyer for any extra donations in the New Year, resulting in a final total of £310. 
Cystic Fibrosis Representative Mary McFarland kindly came into school today to receive the money raised and also informed us that this money would go towards pizza nights, games and other fun equipment for the Allen Ward at the Royal Victoria Hospital. We would like to wish Ruby and her family all the best on their journey and we hope to see her back in school soon. 
03/02/20 - Information Leaflet Issued by School Nurse 
03/02/20 - LMC Food in Schools Competion 
The year 12 Food and Nutrition group had the pleasure of winning the recent Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) food in schools competition. Representatives from LMC and Meat Supplier ABP visited the school to present the winning trophy, individual goodie bags and £100 of red meat. 
We are delighted with this win and now look forward to using the steak mince, rump steak and lamb steaks within the Home Economics department. 
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