On Tuesday 21 October, Doon Academy’s Young Enterprise company, Flawless, attended an event run by the Ayrshire Association of Business Women. Elleis Peters, Carla Strachan, Shania Brown and Colin McDonald accompanied Mrs Allen, Miss Fuller, Mrs Robb and Darrin McDowall to the event at Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock. The night was a great success and everyone enjoyed dinner prepared and served by the students of the College and the opportunity to network with other schools in Ayrshire. The main speakers at the event were Eileen Auld and WaiYin Hatton.

some snapshots of Colin’s day

S5 Art and Design student Colin McDonald attended an “Experimental Drawing Workshop” at Dumfries House on Tuesday 14 October. Colin had the opportunity to work with the local artist Peter Tudhope. The workshop had an open ended experimental ethos where all senior students were welcome to try something different. In addition to the resultant drawing, it offered a fabulous opportunity for all senior Art and Design students to broaden their network with like-minded people.

Peter Tudhope is a highly respected artist. He has a fantastic approach to all themes within the visual arts. His lively gestural work has been, and continues to be, exhibited widely throughout Scotland and Ireland. He has collaborated with schools in a similar way for the past 23 years. Peter recently worked as an Artist in Residence at the host venue, Dumfries House. His most recent public commission was building sets for an STV production. He was part of the production team responsible for the hugely successful TV series, ‘Shetland’.

This was a fantastic opportunity for all students and we are hoping to get Peter to come into school to work with more of our senior Art students.

The late night supported study for Business Studies/ICT and Art and Design that took place on Monday 6 October was a great success. This event was very productive and allowed students to put in extra time and effort to complete work. Students worked up until 6.30 pm. The next late night supported study for the subjects listed above will take place on Monday 15 December. Details of which will be issued nearer the time. The cost of these events are £3.00 which includes food from the local takeaway, juice and chocolate! This of course helps to maintain energy levels! Thank you and well done to all staff and students who took part.

For the past 5 weeks the STEM masterclass has been working on the ‘Pizza Box Challenge’. Pupils worked individually or as part of a small team to create a model of an island which required sustainable energy sources. The energy would be used to support the population of the island.
Skills developed during this project included modelling, fast proptyping, presentation skills, researching renewable energies and conservation. They also had to calculate how much energy would be created, thereby supporting numeracy. All pupils produced excellent representations of their islands, as shown in the picture below.
Mr Nairn and PC Hurren kindly volunteered to support the students and project by acting as judges. Both agreed that the models and presentation produced were of an excellent quality and choosing two winners was exceptionally hard, however the winners are:
Island 1 – Mark McAllister & Jordan Douglas,
Island 2 – Josh Arthur.
This was a great introduction to STEM for all pupils who took part in the project with enthusiasm.

The winners. From left to right: Mark McAllister, Jordan Douglas and Josh Arthur

some of the projects on display

The knitting and crocheting completed by the Bellsbank Project

Thank you to everyone for their hard work so far in the Community Knit Along and a special thanks to the Bellsbank project for the knitting and crocheting they have completed.

The Enterprising Maths Competition took part at James Hamilton Academy in Kilmarnock. It involved teams from all of the East Ayrshire secondary schools competing in a variety of rounds. The rounds were: 10 questions, a station round and a relay race. The pupils enjoyed the day, worked very hard and did the school proud.

On Tuesday 30 September, 3 members of Team Focus (last year’s Young Enterprise company) attended The Hatchery in Dundonald to present their winning pitch to Sir Tom, his panel of judges and entrepreneurs from E-Spark. Once again, they represented Doon Academy very well and received some excellent feedback to help them take their award winning “Monsieur Soleil” board game forward. Kirsty McCormick, Naomi Allan and Fiona Kennedy accompanied Mrs Allen, Mr Reilly and Darrin McDowall to this event.

On Tuesday afternoon Sandie Robb from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) visited the school to deliver the unique community outreach programme, ‘From Penguins to Pandas – The Conservation Game’ to S1 pupils. The programme provided an overview of the work of the RZSS in four countries and the animals which they endeavour to protect. The pupils remained engaged throughout and thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon.
The Society was set up in 1909 ‘to promote, facilitate and encourage the study of zoology, to develop interest in and knowledge of animal life’. The Society still exists to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction.

The Society was set up in 1909 ‘to promote, facilitate and encourage the study of zoology, to develop interest in and knowledge of animal life’. The Society still exists to connect people with nature and safeguard species from extinction.

Word of our Doon Community Knit Along is spreading and Mrs Robb and her enthusiastic knitters have now made the “UK Hand Knitting Association” website! The article can be seen at http://www.ukhandknitting.com/projects_community.php

On Tuesday the 2nd of September third year pupils visited Culzean Castle Country Park as a joint science and social subject trip. In the morning pupils were led by rangers to explore the rock pools on the shore front, were they discovered many sea-life creatures. Following lunch in the sunshine, pupils gathered in their groups to take a guided tour around the grounds of Culzean with their ranger. The focus of the afternoon session was to think about the effect that tourism may have on the park and the living things in it.

pupils exploring the rock pools

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