30/05/19 - Au revoir et merci! 
The French Department at Newtownhamilton High School bid a fond farewell to our French Assistant Simon on Wednesday 29th May. Simon had been working with us for the past two years, providing small group conversation lessons with pupils in Years 11 and 12 and helping them prepare for their GCSE examinations. As a token of our appreciation, Miss Mawhinney presented Simon with a Newbridge Silver bookmark so that he will always have ‘de bons souvenirs’ of his time spent with us. Simon returns to France to continue his studies and we wish him every success for the future. 
Merci beaucoup et bon retour en France! 
29/05/19 - Human Rights Workshop 
Year 9 pupils enjoyed a workshop on exploring our Human Rights delivered by Youth for Human Rights. Pupils were challenged to think about human rights and how relevant they are not only globally but also in our own local area. Our thanks go to Ryan and his team who delivered the workshop with great enthusiasm. 
20/05/19 – Year 8-10 Balmoral Show Trip 2019 
93 Year 8-10 pupils and staff enjoyed a fantastic day at Balmoral Show last Friday. Some midday rain did not dampen the experience for our pupils as these images clearly prove that they all enjoyed their day out. Many thanks to the following staff members for providing supervision: Mr Watson, Mrs Ferris, Mrs Robinson, Miss Mawhinney, Miss Frazer, Mrs Boyle and Mrs Johnston. 
16/05/19 - Success at the Kingspan Stadium 
Congratulations to four of our KS4 pupils who were part of the Armagh U16 Rugby team, who were victorious in the final of the Ulster Championship in the Kingspan Stadium against Ballynahinch. Philip Nicholl, Matthew Nicholl, Zack Corkey and Joe Henry have been part of the Armagh set up for a few years and their hard work has paid off! Zack even scored a brilliant solo try!  
Well done to all the boys. 
15/05/19 - Year 8 SESP School Council Representatives 
Five year 8 pupils:- Alanna Ewart, William Flanagan, Noah McKnight, Megan Gillow and Jessica Morton put themselves forward for nomination onto SESP School Council. Each nominee prepared a short speech to present to the year group, highlighting why they should be voted onto the School Council. 
We would like to thank all five pupils for their willingness to represent our pupils at the Shared School Council of our partner schools. Following our election today we are delighted to announce that our new Year 8 representatives our:- Megan and Alanna. They will be joined with our Year 9 representatives, Jaydon McKee and Erika Grant. 
14/05/19 - Top Student Award 5 Times in 6 Years 
For the 5th time in the last 6 years, a Newtownhamilton High School pupil collected the Southern Regional College Student of the Year Award at the recent prestigious SRC Awards Ceremony in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry. 
Gareth Knight, followed in the footsteps of his brother Andrew (2014), by collecting the top prize after achieving success in his modules of Construction and Engineering & Engineering Services. Gareth also achieved an award for Best in Subject for Electrical Wiring Installation. 
Congratulations also goes to Aaron McKee and Emma Watt for collecting the Best in Subject Award for Plumbing and Catering respectively. Gareth McDowell, Dylan McIlrath, Nathan Nesbitt, Joseph Porter, Antonas Suchockis, Gareth Knight, Aaron McKee and Emma Watt also received certificates for 100% attendance. 
Proud Principal Neil Megaw stated “Once again our pupils have excelled at these annual awards thus providing further evidence that our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of all pupils. I congratulate all pupils that participated in the School Partnership Programme during 2018/19 and offer thanks to our Vice Principal Mr Cousins and non-teaching staff of Mrs McNiece, Mrs Wilson and Mrs Smyth for their support to our pupils”. 
13/05/19 - U12 & U13 Hockey Trophies for NHS 
Congratulations to our Under 12 and Under 13 Hockey squads who retained the Newtown 6s trophies with both teams topping their respective groups which included City of Armagh High, Newry High and Drumglass High. This is the third year in a row that Newtownhamilton High has won both trophies. 
All girls played their part on the day but team captains Ellen Bailie (U12) and Ellie-Mae Preston (U13) led by example by scoring many important goals to ensure that both trophies remained in the Newtownhamilton trophy cabinet. 
Many thanks to Miss Anderson for her coaching. 
13/05/19 - MUSFA Representation for NHS Pupils 
Congratulations to Joseph Preston (Year 8) and Isaac Preston (Year 10) who were selected to represent Mid Ulster Schools' Football Association in a recent Northern Ireland District competition. 
Joseph helped the Year 8 select team to a runners-up position and managed to get on the score sheet as well. Isaac also played a vital role in helping the Year 10 team lift their respective trophy, which in fact was the third time in a row they had won the event. Special mention to the Year 10 coach who was our very own Mr Black. 
Well done to both boys and Mr Black on their achievements! 
08/05/19 - After School Club 
An after school club will be running on Tuesday afternoons  
3 – 4 pm in Room 1. 
This is open to all pupils with a limit of 20 places available. 
If you wish to join speak to Mrs Alexander. 
01/05/19 – Student Council Mobile Phone Debate 
On Tuesday 30th April, members of our Student Council were hosted by St Joseph’s High School Crossmaglen pupils to carry out a great debate entitled: 
‘To ban or not to ban – mobile phones in schools.’ This is an area that Mrs Alexander has been researching through her participation in the Shared Education Aspiring Leadership Programme. In this round table discussion, all pupils talked about both the positives and negatives of smartphones in school. It was a lively debate with a few heated moments adding interest to this most topical issues for pupils, parents and staff in all our partnership schools. With time flying past; the pupils in both schools came to the general conclusion that simple prohibition may not be the long term answer and stressed highly the importance of taking into consideration further education and guidance on safe and respectful use of mobile phones being offered instead. 
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