06/11/15 – Prize Night @ Newtownhamilton High
The local and wider community once again came out in force last night (Thursday 5 November) to support our annual Prize Night that celebrated the successes of the 2014/15 school year and in particular the class of 2015.
A packed assembly hall was in attendance as the Chairman of the Board of Governors Mr Ivan Bingham welcomed special guests Miss Michelle McIlveen MLA and Mr David Cargo (Board Member of the recently established Education Authority). Mr Bingham was also delighted that Miss McIlveen’s successor as Chairperson of the Education Committee Mr Peter Weir MLA was also in attendance.
Mr Cargo presented the Key Stage 3 awards while Miss McIlveen presented Key Stage 4 certificates and prizes and also delivered the address which centred on the need for young people to make the most of their opportunities. The recipient for the G Mullan Cup for Academic Achievement was presented to Alex Smyth for achieving an outstanding 9 A* and 2 A GCSE grades while Peter Falloon collected the McNiece Cup for the Best All Round Pupil on the Vocational Enhancement Programme.
Principal Neil Megaw congratulated all prize winners and announced that an incredible 88% of pupils achieved 5 grades at A*-C in GCSEs or equivalent, while 65% achieved 5 GCSE grades at A*-C including the all-important GCSE English and GCSE Maths. Mr Megaw paid “tribute to the excellent work of everyone involved”.
Special mention must also go to the choir and musicians for their performances and also to the joint effort of staff, School Association Members, pupils and canteen staff for providing a magnificent supper.
To conclude, it was an excellent evening which was very fitting to acknowledge the achievements of the class of 2015.