Over 40 pupils recently completed a week long work experience placement giving them a taste of life within the world of work. A fantastic experience was had by all and many pupils returned with greater confidence levels and raised aspirations. The feedback the pupils received from the employers was extremely positive clearly highlighting their potential to be successful in the future. The school is very proud of all of the participants in the programme. This experience will allow the pupils to work towards an Intermediate 1 unit award in Work Experience.

On behalf of the school Mr Kelly would like to say a personal thank you to all of the businesses and establishments listed below that accommodated our young people for the duration of the week. This is truly appreciated.

Emergency One, Visions Leisure Centre, Classic Cuts, Spirit Aerosystems, Tsarina Imperial Dacha, The Ayrshire Hospice, The Zone, R.J McCulloch Gas Engineer, Kirsty’s Kuts, Bellsbank Family Centre, Ayr Racecourse, Hargreaves Mining, Marks and Spencer, William Kennedy Plumbers, Seaplane Motors, Stagecoach, L.A Hair and Nails, Curves Gym Ayr, Santander Troon, Busy Bees Nursery, Susannah’s Hair Salon, Craigengillan Estate, Trust Care International, Patna PS / Early Childhood Centre, St Xaviers PS, Littlemill PS, Bellsbank PS, Dalrymple PS, Dalmellington PS.

As well as some of the above businesses and establishments the following partners of the school also continue to provide excellent support to our youngsters through extended work experience or volunteering which also leads towards national qualifications; Penny Arthur Livery, Dalmellington House, Riverbank Nursery, Wossabama Gym, Southcraigs Campus, Arnold Clark. Apologies if any have been missed.

The school would like to express our gratitude for the continual hard work and effort shown by Suzanne Murdoch and Gillian Cameron throughout the year in supporting our youngsters with a variety of employability opportunities and initiatives. As a result of this input many more of our young people are ‘work ready’ when they leave school influencing our impressive positive destinations statistics.

On Monday 17 November Higher Geography pupils participated in a day of fieldwork along the coast at Culzean to gather data for their Assignments. Pupils compared two areas of the coastline and carried out beach profiles, cliff profiles, sediment analysis, wave pattern analysis and coastal environment surveys. They will now spend the next few periods in class processing the data they have gathered to produce scattergraphs, beach and cliff transects. The data will also be analysed using statistical techniques such as Spearman’s Rank. The processed information will provide pupils with the basis of information required for their assignment write up which will hopefully take place in December.

Doon Academy is holding a Wool Bombing Event In conjunction with The Creative Minds Team on Wednesday 17 December 2014. This will run from 9.00 am until 3.00 pm at the tree outside the Area Centre in Dalmellington. All members of the community are welcome to help or simply spectate!
We are also looking for donations of wool and fabric. If you have any to spare then please hand them into the school reception. For further information please contact Mrs Robb or Miss Fuller in the Art Department.

Well done to Higher Photography student Gareth Kerr for winning the EAC Christmas Card Competition. Gareth’s image will be used for the Council’s Christmas Card. Gary McConnachie was a runner up in the competition.

On Friday 14 November Higher Art and Design students took part in a drawing day with the local Ayrshire artist Peter Tudhope. The workshop was designed to introduce students to a process-based experimental drawing practice which helped to boost portfolios and create an individual visual language. Students took part in warm-up exercises which helped them to loosen their drawing techniques and approach.

The main practice of the workshop focused on developing a working concept of what it means to draw; to develop new ways of thinking; seeing and creating; to reinforce the principles of traditional drawing skills and building confidence through exercises which helped students explore what a drawing can be. This was an excellent opportunity for students to work with a practising artist. Students were able to experiment with a wide variety of mixed media and to work in an expressive way. Thank you to Helen Duncan and the Creative Minds Team for supporting and funding this opportunity.

Janet Renouf-Miller came in for her first of 3 workshops sessions to work with the Art and Design master class. Student learnt lots of different skills from knitting, sewing and weaving. At the end of the session students had made flower brooches and woven scarves. This was a great afternoon and both staff and students are looking forward to working with her over the forth coming weeks.

William McLeary with his ornamental table

The following students were identified as October’s students of the month:

S1—Aimee Sturgeon—Aimee has been performing at a high standard in graphics and is providing excellent examples of completed work including a pencil rendering of a graphic showing great attention to detail.

S2—Ian Craig—Ian has shown great enthusiasm in the Hospitality and Graphics departments proving that he is always keen to learn and generating a high standard of work in both courses.

S3—Owen Murphy— Owen has created many wonderful dishes within the hospitality department.

Senior—William McLeary has consistently worked hard in both his Practical craft Skills and Graphics courses. Most recently he has completed a full size ornamental table as can be seen below.

Choosing this month’s students proved very hard due to the general excellent work being created by many students. The Technology department is sure that some of those who just missed out will be recognised in the months to come.

Dr Graeme Thomson from the University of Glasgow visited Doon Academy on the afternoon of Tuesday 11th November to launch Focus West’s new website: FOCUS Point. Doon pupils were amongst the first in the country to register for and explore the new site. It contains many features which should be of benefit to pupils who are at any stage in the process of thinking about what they want to do when they leave school. All Doon pupils are encouraged to register online at www.focuspoint.org.uk. Please speak to Mr Paton if you wish more details.

some of our seniors getting to grips with the new website

As part of its drive to get us more active the Newmilns Sports and Snow complex is holding an open evening on Monday 17th November. This is a brilliant opportunity for any pupils (or staff and parents!) to have a go at a new sport.

To find out more about the open evening take a look at http://skinewmilns.com/event/10th-anniversary-open-evening/

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