15/11/19 - Year 12 Interview Skills Day 
 
Year 12 pupils participated in the Sentinus Interview Skills Programme on Friday 15 November. 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 interview 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 10 Interviewers for giving up their time to support this event. Thanks also to Vice Principal Mr A Cousins for co-ordinating the event. 
15/11/19 - Year 11 History Students take Question Time to Stormont 
 
Our Year 11 History pupils, who are involved in our Politics in Action programme with our SE partnership schools, visited Stormont and took advantage of the great opportunity to put some of our MLAs in the question seat - debating the topical issue: should cannabis be legalised or not? Some great questions were fielded to William Irwin (DUP), Justin McNulty (SDLP) and Mike Nesbitt (UUP). Thanks to Mrs Reid, Head of History who accompanied our pupils. 
08/11/19 - Lesedi Outreach Charity Day Raises £400 
 
Charity was the theme for today as our staff and pupils donated £1 for the privilege of wearing casual clothing to school. We also ignored all healthy eating advice and indulged in chocolate and fizzy drinks from our ‘Charity Tuck Shop’, with all profits going towards Lesedi Outreach. 
 
During assembly earlier this week, Principal Mr Megaw explained that Lesedi Outreach is an educational programme based in South Africa that provides opportunities for young people from disadvantaged areas. Participating children benefit from an additional educational experience every Saturday and Sunday in the hope that they can gain qualifications in English and Maths which will lead to a good job and a better quality of life. 
 
In the end we managed to hit our target of £400 to sponsor a child on this programme and have also committed to this valuable project for another 2 years. Thanks to everyone who contributed. 
08/11/19 – Prize Night Celebrates the Class of 2019 
 
Newtownhamilton High School celebrated a record breaking year of GCSE results at Prize Night on Thursday evening. A large crowd was in attendance to hear guest speaker Mr Lindsay Burke (Burkes of Cornascriebe) share his experiences of education and the agricultural industry with pupils, parents and staff. 
 
Principal Neil Megaw publicly announced that “88.5% of pupils achieved 5 GCSE grades at A*-C while a Newtownhamilton High School record of 80.8% achieved 5 GCSE grades at A*-C when the all-important GCSE English and GCSE Maths grades were included”. 
 
The recipient for the G Mullan Cup for Academic Achievement was presented to Amy Flanagan while Emma Watt collected the McNiece Cup for the Best All Round Pupil on the Vocational Enhancement Programme. 
 
Special mention must also go to the choir and musicians who performed excellently under the guidance of Mrs Qua, Mrs Laverty and Mr Braiden (EA Music Service) and also to the joint effort of canteen staff and School Association Members for providing supper. 
06/11/19 - Nature Skills Traineeship 
 
Anyone interested please see Mr Cousins. 
06/11/19 - Adverse Weather Conditions & Emergency School Closures 
 
Now that we have entered the winter months, schools are required by DENI to remind parents and pupils about the procedures for emergency school closures (due to adverse weather etc). 
 
Deciding to close a school is not an easy decision for a Principal as it causes disruption to many individuals. However, the health and safety of all school stakeholders must be the key factor when making this difficult decision. 
 
In order to find out if Newtownhamilton High School is closed, parents can tune into BBC Radio Ulster, visit the BBC NI website, or check for updates on our website and Facebook page. Parents will hopefully receive a text from our school messaging service. The aim is to make an early decision (usually before 7.30am) if possible. 
06/11/19 - Act of Remembrance 
 
Newtownhamilton High School is holding a short Act of Remembrance in the Assembly Hall on Monday 11th November at 10.40am sharp. The staff and pupils of Newtownhamilton Primary School will also be attending and an invitation is extended to parents and community members. It is anticipated that this event will be over at 11.10am. 
05/11/19 - Year 10 & 11 History Holocaust Memorial Event 
 
Before half-term our Year 10 and 11 GCSE History pupils were extremely privileged to be part of the lead up to the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 27 January 2020. Our pupils have been studying the Holocaust in class and participated in a Holocaust memorial event hosted by our friends, St Catherine’s College, Armagh where they had the huge honour of hearing Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental’s very personal and moving story. Following Tomi’s talk our Year 10 pupil, Ben Watson was interviewed by the BBC where he shared his thoughts about the importance of studying and remembering the Holocaust today. Footage of Ben’s interview was broadcast yesterday evening (Monday 4 November) as part of BBC Newsline and BBC Evening Extra’s coverage of this story. 
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