May 012015

Click here for the timetable for the study support room for the week Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May – remember Monday is a holiday.

Please help us to ensure a highly focussed work ethic by making sure pupils maintain their high standards with regards to uniform and the school’s dress code. Good luck to all pupils involved in studying for the examinations and thanks to parents for their continued support of the work of the school.

Apr 302015

Community Safety Award 1

Good news! The pupils and staff of Doon Academy have been honoured for outstanding work in their community! During the holiday period Doon Academy senior Patrick Gilmore, the Campus Police Officer, John Hurran and Mr Lowe attended the Community Planning Award ceremony at the Grange Academy on the 16th April.

The Senior Mentors in Violence Protection (MVP) team at Doon received a welcome acknowledgment of their good work in the school and wider community, when they received a nomination and subsequent invitation to the 2015 Community Planning Awards run by East Ayrshire Council. East Ayrshire Council run these awards in recognition of the remarkable work carried out locally by different groups to help their community. The Community Planning Awards applauds the hard work and dedication of those who strive to make our community a better place for all.

The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Model is a gender violence, bullying, and school violence prevention approach that encourages young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities. The Senior MVP team was nominated in the Safer Communities Award category. This was thanks to their hard work and determined adoption and rolling out of the MVP program within the school and in their wider community. This is just the latest in a long line of accolades and acknowledgements that the Senior MVP team at Doon has received for their important and ground breaking work.

Doon’s MVP team were up against five other worthy and important local projects in this category; unfortunately we were pipped at the post and came away with a ‘Finalist’ certificate. Attaining a finalist place in the awards is a great achievement and testament to all the hard work that all of the pupils and staff involved in MVP have put in to the program so far.

Therefore, congratulations and big thanks to the Senior MVP team at Doon, as well as the tireless work of PC John Hurran and the staff involved in the MVP program, well done!

This year’s ceremony pictures have not been uploaded onto the website however you can find them on the Community Planning website

Community Safety Award 2

Apr 302015

If you would like your National 5 Art, Higher Art or Higher Photography folio work back from this year then please let Miss Fuller know ASAP. Charges are as follows:

National 5 Art: £4.70, Higher Art: £4.40 and Higher Photography: £7.00.

This is an administrative charge from the SQA. Work will be returned from the SQA to the school at the end of November 2015.

Apr 242015

mains 4

On 21st April 2015, the SLC John Muir Group went to plant trees at Mains Hill Community Woodland. The trees were gifted from the Woodlands Trust and included Birch, Cherry and Rowan trees.

With much appreciated help from Jim Newall from the Forestry Commission, the group planted 30 trees. The weather was fantastic and everyone had a great time. The community woodland is for everyone to go and visit anytime if they wish and the views are amazing on a clear day.”

mains 1

mains 2

mains 3

Apr 242015

Ayrshire finals 1

On Thursday 23 April, Team Flawless – Shania Brown, Elleis Peters, Carla Strachan and Colin McDonald – attended the Young Enterprise Ayrshire Area Finals at the Marine Hotel, Troon.

The night was a great success and everyone enjoyed presentations from 4 Ayrshire schools showcasing their experiences of the Young Enterprise Company Programme. Team Flawless scooped the following awards:

Best Product/Service
Best Innovation
Best Teamwork

The team were a credit to Doon Academy and the Business Education and ICT Department. We now wish them well in their preparations for the Sir Tom Hunter Challenge in June.

ayrshire finals 2

Apr 232015

Congratulations to S1 pupils Danielle Black and Kara McKnight for winning the school’s Fashion Show poster competition. All entries were of a very high standard which made picking a winner very difficult! Danielle’s entry will be used for the poster and Kara’s entry will be used for the programme cover and ticket.

We have been very lucky this year as the following shops are providing the school with clothes for the show: Tesco Ayr, Cumnock Factory Outlet and Electric Daisy in Ayr. We will also be having a student section of scarves, jewellery, t-shirts and bodices. We are currently looking for both male and female models. If you are interested in taking part please see Mrs Robb or Miss Fuller for more details.

The Fashion Show will take place on Thursday 25 June in the school hall from 6.30 pm until 8.00 pm. Refreshments will be provided and raffle prizes to be won.

Tickets are priced at £3.50 and will go on sale from the school reception in May, more details will be issued nearer the time.

To see the girls work click here

Mar 312015

Look out on Monday 20th April because that is when the English department will issue every pupil studying National 5 or Higher English this year with their own copy of The Sunday Times. This will provide a personal revision resource to allow pupils to practise their reading skills on some challenging journalism.

Mar 312015

The Science Department asked the staff and pupils the deeply scientific question “do dogs have belly buttons?”

The pupils and staff have spoken. This is how you voted:

Yes: 49 No: 43

The answer is YES!!!

They are often more ‘scar-like’ and covered in fur, but they do have one.

dog bellybutton