Leadership group

Leadership group

An all-male group from the Senior Leadership class at Doon Academy are working in conjunction with the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign to raise awareness of and help eliminate all forms of violence against women. These committed young men have become positive role models as they carried out workshops with all year groups within the school; educating their peers about the messages at the centre of the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign.
The White Ribbon Campaign is established in over 60 countries so far. The over-arching message is that most men in Scotland are not violent towards women, but many of us ignore the problem, or see it as something that has nothing to do with us. A simple first step men can take is to sign a personal pledge: I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women.
The boys themselves have taken the White Ribbon pledge and inspired fellow pupils to do the same. They would urge others to follow their example by accessing the website at www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk and signing the pledge there. The pupils are keen to have the support of the wider population of East Ayrshire in the work that they have begun at Doon Academy.
Davy Thompson, Campaign Communication Officer for the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign commented, “This inspiring group of guys have done a great job in researching and delivering the campaign message to their own peer groups across the school. At a time when some people are inclined to be negative about youths in the community, these lads have demonstrated that they are committed to doing what they can to build a better future free from violence against women. I am delighted to present them all with certificates in recognition of their hard work.”
Further information can be found on the campaign website www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk or by contacting Davy Thompson on 07745 233839′

Celebrating on the bus.

Celebrating on the bus.

The senior boys travelled to Stewarton last week to play a highly anticipated replay. Earlier in the season Stewarton had beat Doon 6-3 but the Doon team had their sights set on success this time. The early passages of play were pretty standard with no team producing any real chances. However after ten minutes Doon began to perform some nice passing football, playing their way around Stewarton’s defence to create a couple of opportunities but unfortunately they did not score.
On the pitch

On the pitch

The Doon players were now in control of the game making the opposition work hard to keep them out. Finally the strong Stewarton defence was undone with a well-worked goal by Josh Taylor. This set the scene for the rest of the game with Doon playing well for the majority of the match creating several opportunities to score. Further goals came from Michael Harvey, two from Mitchell Ewing and another from Josh Taylor. Stewarton did respond with two goals, one of which was an unbelievable strike from the half-way line. However as Doon were now well in command of the game the frustration was clear to see in the Stewarton team. This did not affect the players who continued to play a controlled passing game of football seeing the game out with the final score being 5-2 in Doon’s favour. It was a thoroughly entertaining game that produced some fantastic goals and great play. Well done to all involved in this great victory.

Celebrating on the bus.

Celebrating on the bus.

Doon Academy’s first every rugby game took place on Saturday. A combined S1 – S4 team played against Garnock Rugby Club down at Lochshore in Glengarnock. The boys arrived in high spirits enthusiastic for the game ahead. The excitement of their first game disappeared fast as the whistle went for the start of the game. It was a lively and fast paced start with both teams making good runs and strong tackles. The organisation of the Garnock team proved to be the difference between the teams in the first half with Garnock scoring a number of unanswered tries.

However after a half time team talk and some reorganising of the team Doon came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. It was a much closer contest with a number of Doon players scoring tries which included Aaron Gilmore, Scott Gilmore, Scott Kennedy, Blair Wilson, and James Agnew. The boys played with real heart and kept up until the final whistle. After the match the boys interacted well with the opposition swapping stories of big tackles and great runs. Everybody had a great day and it was a fantastic first game for the Doon Rugby Team.

This year Mr Lowe has been running a Media Studies Masterclass culminating in the shooting of a special investigative report into the possible effects of the 2014 Commonwealth games on the Doon Valley area.

The pupils have been working very hard all year and are now well versed in what makes a good story and how to tell one as well!

The whole class contributed to the identification, investigation and construction of the story. This was no easy task as the story is a complex one. However, the budding young journalists of the Media Masterclass worked hard to deliver and deliver they did!

So a big well done to all the pupils of the Masterclass and in particular our intrepid field reporter Miller Waugh and our two studio anchors Tyler Hiddleston and Jade McClymont. Let’s hope the BBC like it too!

The final report can be viewed at https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/ea/DoonAcademy/bbc-school-news-report/

BBC News School Report team

BBC News School Report team

Health & Beauty Phase 2

Over the past few months, the girls who attend Masterclass Health & Beauty have been able to learn about beauty salon treatments including manicures and nail treatments, make-up application and skin-care, waxing, brow-shaping and tinting and other depilation methods. The girls are now moving into their 2nd Phase of the course – which covers nutritional and physical health.
Over the next few weeks, it is hoped that the girls will trial different keep-fit classes; the first one took place this Wednesday with Miss Calder giving ‘Metafit’ demonstrations; these high-impact exercises increase the metabolic rate and burn calories!
To sum up the course so far, a second trip to Kilmarnock Academy will take place at the end of term, where they will be able to observe the Beauty Therapists at Kilmarnock College carrying out a variety of treatments, including spray tanning and face massage.
The general opinion of the course is positive, with all the girls stating how much they have enjoyed the activities and, of course, that the skills they have learned are “life-skills”. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have volunteered to be models…especially those brave enough to model for leg waxing! (Boys included!)

 Congratulations to Mr Dunlop and his team of S3 pupils – Daniel Dutton, Jamie Geddes, Joshua Gibson and Ryan McMillan – who entered the first Ayrshire Games Development Competition on Thursday 20 March. Both teams were winners, scooping 2 of the 5 prizes on offer – one for Best Graphics and the other for Best Design. Well done to all involved.

 The Art and Design Department have organised a Fashion Show which will take place on Wednesday 14 May 2014. The show will be held in M&Co, Alloway Street in Ayr. This will commence at 6.30 pm and finish at approximately 8.30 pm.

There will be several sections to the Fashion Show, to which our students have contributed, particularly: hats, t-shirts, scarves and of course an M & Co section. Our students will be modelling the garments.

Tickets are priced at £3.00 and can be purchased from the school office from the beginning of April. There will be a free bus to and from the show. The bus will be departing from the swimming pool car park at 5.45 pm on the evening of the Fashion Show. Places on the bus are limited so please let us know if you intend travelling on the bus. During the evening there will be an opportunity to buy raffle tickets as well as an enterprise stall where you can purchase items that students have made.

The price of the ticket includes a 10% discount for M&Co and some light refreshments. There will also be a collection for the “Cancer Research UK” charity. This is a charity which is very close to our hearts.

This promises to be an excellent, exciting and glamorous evening. Tickets are limited so please purchase your ticket soon to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday 25th March saw the S1 and S2 rounds of our annual Readers’ Cup book quiz in the library.

S2 went first, answering questions on Baddies, Colours, Horror tales, Mysteries and Lucky dip.

The Bradan team of Emma Blain, Olivia McCutcheon, Lee Uriarte, and Sheryl Whiteside, were ahead at the start and managed to maintain their lead throughout the quiz.   The eventually won with 35 points, the Raecar team of Alison McCann, Briony O’Keefe, Rebecca Steele and Scott Limond came a close second with 31 points.

The S1 quiz took place after break. They had questions on Baddies, Books as films, Colours, Humour and Lucky dip.  Once again,  Bradan took an early lead and despite the other teams’ best efforts they stayed ahead until the end. So the Bradan team of Lita McIntosh, Codie James,  Jonah McFarlane and Scott Gilmore won with a massive score of 41 points, which is possibly the highest score ever achieved in a Readers’ Cup quiz.  The teams from Doon and Finlas, also did really well scoring 35 and 34 1/2 points respectively, which were also outstandingly good scores.

Well done to all the competitors!

Bradan the Winning S1 team

Bradan – the winning S2 team

On Tuesday 25 March, the 7 Young Enterprise girls attended an event run by the Ayrshire Association of Business Women to mark International Women’s Day. Kirsty McCormick, Fiona Kennedy, Halle Fitzsimmons, Katie Graham, Ashley Mitchell, Paige McMahon and Naomi Allan accompanied Mrs Allen, Miss Fuller and Mrs Robb to the event at the Brig O Doon Hotel, Alloway. The night was a great success and everyone enjoyed a 2 course dinner and the opportunity to network with other schools in Ayrshire. The highlight of the evening was the fantastic speaker, Mary Queen of Scots. This role was played by Lesley Smith, curator of Tutbury Castle, and she re-enacted the life of Mary in a wonderful fashion.

Young Enterprise team at Brig O'Doon

Referendum workshop

Referendum workshop

On Tuesday the 11th March the Senior pupils were involved in a series of referendum workshops asking them to think about the issue of Scottish Independence and the election process. Students were split up into groups and were taken through a mini election campaign. They were asked to think about what makes a good politician and to vote for their ideal fantasy candidate. It was an informative and fun experience for all involved.

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