The opening of our annual Art and Design exhibition will take place on Thursday 3 December in the Doon Valley Museum in Dalmellington from 6.00 pm until 8.00 pm. Refreshments will be provided and raffle prizes to be won. We hope to see you there! The exhibition will run until the end of January. Opening times are Thursday to Sunday 10 am until 4.00 pm.
Around 60 senior pupils from Doon Academy were fortunate enough to receive a hard-hitting and educational presentation from Joyce Young who is a specialist Midwife at Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary Hospital. Joyce is also a representative of the charity ‘Medics Against Violence’ who travel to schools across the country informing young people about the dangers and effects of violence. Her presentation had a real focus upon the damaging consequences of physical violence particularly when young people are under the influence of alcohol. This was very much a hospital perspective highlighting the role of many practitioners who deal with incidents of violence behind the scenes including surgeons, pathologist and paramedics. The message was that of making positive informed decisions and being a positive bystander very much in line with our Doon Academy’s Mentors in Violence Prevention programme.
The S5 cohort recently spent time within PSE learning about the importance of organ donation. Our very own Mrs McLarty from the SLC delivered an inspirational presentation upon her own family experiences with regards to organ donation and transplant. This was a fantastic learning experience for the pupils and has prompted many to ‘have the conversation’.
Mrs McLarty commented ‘I would like to thank each and every pupil and the teachers for the quality audience I received when given this opportunity to deliver a presentation about our families experiences regarding organ donation and transplant. This is something I am passionate about. The behaviour of every pupil was second to none and you could have heard a pin drop. I would therefore like to thank everyone and also for the questions that followed. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart who had the all-important conversation or even more importantly signed up for the register. Thankyou”
Red deer is the biggest land animal in Britain. They live for 12 years. They eat grass +shrubs including heather. They can weigh up to 190 kg and can be 137cm tall to their shoulder. Peregrine Falcons are amongst the fastest animals on the planet – reaching speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.
There are a few native species in Scotland; among them are Black grouse, Red grouse and Capercailie , which is the largest and rarest of the grouse family.
You can find lots of Red squirrels in the Highlands and Dumfriesshire. Kirroughtree visitor centre near Newton Stewart is a good place to go to see them in the wild.
There are lots of small wildlife parks in Scotland and some large ones like Highland Wildlife Centre and Blair Drummond Safari Park.
Some of the smaller ones are Galloway Wildlife conservation Park, near Kirkcudbright, Scottish Deer Centre near Perth and the Heads of Ayr Farm Park in Ayr. The smaller ones often have more Scottish animals like the Wildcat.
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The most popular sport for adults in Scotland is walking then Swimming, Golf and Cycling. The most Popular Sport for young people under 16 is football then swimming then cycling. The most popular female sport is walking then Swimming then keep fit. For men it is Walking, football then Swimming.
The biggest sports ground in Scotland is Murrayfield where Edinburgh and Scotland play. Murrayfield can seat 67500 people. It was built in 1994. They play rugby at Murrayfield.
Scott Hasting has the most caps for Scotland’s rugby team. He made 65 appearances for Scotland between 1986 and 1997. He is now aged 50.
The biggest football stadium in Scotland is Celtic Park and fits 60, 355 people. It is in Glasgow. The next biggest is Hampden Park which fits 52, 025 people then Ibrox Stadium which seats 51, 082 and are both also in Glasgow.
King James 1 outlawed football in 1424. Football Clubs started in Scotland around the 1860’s, 155years ago. Queens Park is the oldest club in Scotland and was created in 1867 which makes it 148 years old.
There are 69 Senior and Youth basketball teams in Scotland. In East Scotland there are 19 teams, in Grampian there are 9, 3 in the Highlands, and 5 in Central area, 24 in Glasgow and 9 teams in Tayside and Fife.
The S4 English and Communication National 2 pupils have been working on developing a text with a Scottish theme. We researched lots of media footage to give us ideas about Scotland. Then we chose a topic that we wanted to learn more about and to get other people interested in the topic. We have chosen to share our work this week because the week starts on St Andrew’s Day. Please enjoy reading more about St Andrew in our Famous People’s text.
On Saturday 31st October the Area Brass Solo and Ensemble Contest took place in The Salvation Army Hall in Kilmarnock. Four of our brass pupils took part and again did themselves proud.
Olivia McCutcheon (euphonium) Intermediate Section gained a GOLD AWARD
Emma Blain (tenor horn) Intermediate Section gained a SILVER AWARD
Sarah Jamieson (cornet) Junior Section gained a SILVER AWARD
Simone Clark (tenor horn) Junior Section gained a SILVER AWARD
WELL DONE TO ALL OF YOU!
The Annual Instrumental Music Service Gala Concert took place on Thurs 12th November in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock. Two of our talented brass pupils represented Doon at this event. Olivia McCutcheon (euphonium) and Emma Blain (tenor horn ). They performed a piece called ‘Gala Duet’ which was very well received by the audience. Congratulations and well done to both of you. You did yourselves and the school proud.
Following the completion of ‘No Knives Better Lives’ inputs to second year pupils within their PSE periods Campus Police Officer John Hurren was back in the class to judge a poster completion on this very important campaign, which is an integral part of the second year PSE program. PC Hurren selected the top three posters winners being Jessica, Robert and Hannah who all received a ‘No Knives Better Lives’ t-shirt. PC Hurren comments “it is always interesting to run such a completion because it gives feed back as to how much the pupils have learned and reflected on the inputs, the posters this year were fantastic and it was clear that the pupils had put a lot of work into them”.
The No Lives Better Lives Campaign is a national campaign to take knife crime, you can read further information on the following website http://noknivesbetterlives.com/