24/09/15 - Home Economics Practical 
 
Year 8 completed their first ever Home Economics Practical: a momentous occasion! The Peach Melba Smoothie was enjoyed by all and hopefully will be made again at home. 
23/09/15 - House Leaders Appointed 
 
Congratulations to our recently appointed House Captains and Vice-Captains who were elected by their fellow pupils. For more info on our House system click here. 
Dorsey 
Captains 
Rebecca Nesbitt 
Ryan Morton 
 
Vice-Captains 
Lauren Haffey 
Harry Dougan 
Fane  
Captains 
Nicola Watt 
James Whitcroft 
 
Vice-Captains 
Hannah Calvin 
Joseph Mitchell 
Whitewater 
Captains 
Emma McCombe 
Neil Preston 
 
Vice-Captains 
Ashleigh Kennedy 
Alex McNiece 
18/09/15 - Year 8 2015/16 
 
Pictured is the 2015/16 Year 8 intake with Form Teachers  
Mrs K Robinson and Mrs E Flanagan. Also included is Principal Mr N Megaw. 
15/09/15 - Year 8 Induction Trip 
 
Our new Year 8 pupils recently travelled to Carrickfergus Castle as part of their induction programme. The trip provided an opportunity for pupils to get to know each other better outside of the classroom but also served an educational purpose as the topic of Carrickfergus Castle will be studied later in the school year during History lessons. 
 
Thanks to Teachers Mrs Reid and Mrs Flanagan for providing supervision on the day. 
11/09/15 - Rachel was off to see the wizard! 
 
As many of us enjoyed our ‘summer’ holidays, our very own Rachel ‘Motor-Mouth Maybelle’ Graham (12X) followed the yellow brick road all the way to Armagh’s Market Place Theatre. There she starred in the fabulous youth production of “The Wizard of Oz”. 
 
Following gruelling auditions in May, Rachel was cast amongst the chorus. As we all know Rachel has a fantastic voice, having so convincingly played the role of Maybelle in last year’s production of “Her-Style”, and so it’s no surprise that she made it through all the auditions, and was even given a solo part. There’s no doubt she was hitting all the right notes again! 
 
Two weeks of rehearsals and a week of ‘technical’ led the cast to begin a whole week of performances, each time to rapturous applause and standing ovations within the theatre – just like Newtownhamilton High! 
What an absolutely fantastic experience for Rachel, working with world class artists and exploring new acting and singing techniques. No doubt Rachel will be able to share her experiences with our own budding performers for any upcoming events in Newtownhamilton. 
 
Rachel has commented on how much she enjoyed the experience - working with such talented people, as well as making new friends. She would definitely do it again, having loved every moment of it! 
 
Well done Rachel – we will all be looking out for you in years to come, perhaps even ‘over the rainbow’! 
08/09/15 - Newtownhamilton High Celebrates 60 Years 
 
The start of the 2015/16 school year on Tuesday 1st September marked the 60th anniversary of Newtownhamilton High. To celebrate this important milestone, a specially designed flag was hoisted today by some of our new Year 8 pupils representing their 11 different respective contributory primary schools. Also included in the picture are Principal Neil Megaw, Head Girl Laura Barbour and Head Boy James Whitcroft. 
 
An anniversary event will be held later during the school year – further details to follow. 
07/09/15 - New School Counsellor 
 
Pupils were introduced to our new School Counsellor Mrs Elizabeth Berry during Monday morning assembly. 
 
Mrs Berry is employed by Familyworks NI and will be available to support pupils with any problems/concerns every Monday.  
 
Pupils and parents are reminded that the School's Safeguarding Team consists of Mrs A Laverty (Designated Officer for Child Protection), Mr A Cousins (Deputy Designated Officer for Child Protection) and Mr Megaw (Principal).  
 
01/09/15 – First Day for Year 8 
 
Today marked the start of the new school year – a year in which Newtownhamilton High School celebrates 60 years of education. Principal Neil Megaw and his staff were delighted to welcome 40 Year 8 pupils for their first day in post primary education. Despite some nerves, everyone was quickly put at ease with a welcome from Mr Megaw during morning assembly. Pupils then settled down to work on an induction programme delivered by Young Enterprise. Some of our Acting Prefects were also on hand to provide support during these fun-filled activities. 
 
A tour of the school building followed while pupils had an opportunity to spend time with their Form Teachers after they had enjoyed lunch in the school canteen. To conclude, a very busy first day at Newtownhamilton High. 
 
 
 
20/08/15 - Newtownhamilton High Pupils Excel in GCSE Examinations 
 
Having been listed as the second best non-selective controlled school in Northern Ireland in 2014/15, the staff and pupils of Newtownhamilton High were hoping for further success following the publication of the 2015 GCSE results. 
 
Despite the apprehension, the class of 2015 did not disappoint as smiles of delight were very much in evidence when pupils opened the envelopes containing their results. Some outstanding individual performances were recorded, with Head Girl Alex Smyth achieving an amazing 9 A* and 2 A grades - a set of grades that any pupil in Northern Ireland would be proud of. 
 
Further pupils of note were Nicole Campbell, Christine Dickson, Bethany Dundas, Robert Ferris, Clare Graham, Lisa Henry, Johann Hubrich, Katie Hughes, Louise Knight, Mark McBride, Aimee McKnight, Krasi Peshev, Peter Falloon, Andrew Geary, Matthew Gibson, Andrew Hamilton, Colin McBride, Robert McBride, Jillian McCarragher, Gemma McDowell, Laura McNiece and Adam Nesbitt, who all achieved A*, A grades or equivalents in at least one subject area. 
 
Reflecting on this recent success, Principal Neil Megaw stated, “Newtownhamilton High School has achieved some outstanding examination results over recent years and I am delighted to report that our 2015 cohort of pupils has continued this trend. I congratulate all pupils on their examination success and pay tribute to the outstanding support provided by our committed staff and parents. 
 
Every child is an important child at Newtownhamilton High and I have no doubt that the individual attention provided in our smaller class sizes has also contributed significantly to another set of impressive GCSE statistics. This once again proves that our small country school can compete with the very best in the province. 
 
Finally, I wish all our Year 12 leavers every success for their chosen career path. I am confident that their experiences gained at Newtownhamilton High will stand them in good stead". 
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