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

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

Team Flawless

On Wednesday 10 September, Flawless, Doon Academy’s new Young Enterprise team attended the first Training Night of the year at Greenwood Teacher’s Centre in Irvine. The night was run by the Ayrshire Area Board of Young Enterprise (Scotland) and the members enjoyed presentations by the Board about what to expect from the Young Enterprise Company Programme. Elleis Peters, Shania Brown, Colin McDonald and Carla Strachan attended this event with Mrs Allen.

Week 2 of the Knit Along is well under way! We now have several completed squares.

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