Pupils from Doon once again performed successfully at the annual Track and Field competition held in the new Ayrshire Athletics Arena in Kilmarnock, winning 5 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals. Mitchell Ewing won both the 100m and the 200m to qualify, along with Adam Park, Marc Ferguson, Shalisse McMahon, Ben Dixon and Robert Reid, for the All Ayrshire finals in June at Dam Park.
Some S2 and S3 pupils have been involved with the Future Textiles project at Dumfries House in conjunction with Cardonald College. Recently we were invited to a VIP event held at Dumfries House where pupils from three Ayrshire schools took part in an applique cushion workshop. S2 have also attended a design and make workshop where they all made a unique calico bag. Watch this space for further developments in this project which has been initiated by Prince Charles. We are involved in three other projects to help grow the Scottish textile industry and it is looking very exciting for the pupils who will be involved between now and Christmas! Please wish Chloe Walker, Chloe Meredith and Jade Nelson good luck as they will be taking part in a dress challenge in June alongside 11 other schools. We are currently designing our dress and pattern cutting so we can make our sample.
S3 Home Economics pupils have recently been busy studying for their REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene course. This is an externally recognised course which is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils so that they are armed with extra qualifications on leaving school. This could be a game changer with their application for a job in the Hospitality industry for either part time or full time opportunities. Well done S3 who worked hard on this unit of work!
Here’s is the study timetable for the week beginning 30th May. Please note there will be no study on Monday.
On Wednesday 25 May Miss Fuller and Mrs Robb took part in an “Into Teaching” conference at the UWS. At the conference they gave a presentation on the Art and Design department at Doon Academy to student teachers. Within the presentation they showed students’ work and activities and projects that have taken place within the Art and Design department. This included showing the Wool Bombing and Fashion Show DVD. They also delivered a practical workshop which was to make a piece of wearable jewellery made out of paper! This was a highly successful event and everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed it. This event publicised and raised the profile of Doon Academy and it’s Art and Design department as well a showing student teachers possible opportunities within Art and Design.
S2/S3 pupils have recently been working in the textile room, making their cushion covers. They were given a brief to make a cushion cover designed for either, a toddler, a teenager, an adult or an elderly person. There have been some fantastic results with pupils showing lots of skill and patience to attach their appliqued designs. Well done!
S1 pupils have recently been working in the textile room, making their puppets. Pupils have been initially learning about sewing equipment and safety in the sewing room. They have then designed and made their patterns and used straight stitch to sew their puppets together. Here are some of the lovely final results. Well done S1!
Our S1 students are currently raising funds to fund a holiday for the children of the Ludogorie Orphanage in Bulgaria. They have all been given a tube of Smarties and are hoping to fill their tubes with 20p between now and the end of term. The students of Doon Academy have raised funds for the orphanage for a number of years now and have helped fund building projects, foodbanks and also providing footwear to allow the children to attend school.
If any other students or staff wish to get involved, please see Mr Gooding.
Some of our S3 students were given the opportunity to conduct an eye dissection in Biology. They were led by Mrs Catherine Ness from Wellington school. Despite a few green faces, they all held their nerve and managed to focus.
The students all engaged well with the task and represented the school very well.