On Wednesday 25 February, Team Flawless attended the Young Enterprise Training Night at Greenwood Teachers Centre, Irvine. The night was a great success and everyone enjoyed presentations from the members of the Ayrshire Area Board of Young Enterprise (Scotland). The team were given important information in preparation for the Young Enterprise Ayrshire Area Finals to be held in the Marine Hotel, Troon on Thursday 23 April 2015. The team are now full of great ideas for this event and are ready to put in 100% effort to winning the Ayrshire Company of the Year 2015. Good luck to Elleis Peters, Carla Strachan, Shania Brown and Colin McDonald with all of their preparations for this night.
STEM masterclass have been working with Keppie Designs and east Ayrshire council as part of the Interaction project to take part in an authority wide competition to design a study space for the new Ayrshire College.
The whole class worked on designs and layouts which were to be presented to a panel of judges at council headquarters on Monday 23rd February by 4 selected pupils.
Mark McAllister, Mason McMahon, Dean McWilliam and Thomas Whiteford were the pupils chosen to present the model and displays to the panel and all performed very well, explaining the design concepts and work flow that had taken place throughout the project.
Unfortunately we were not the winners this time although the title did go to a deserving concept. All pupils who presented have been invited to view a newly designed restaurant in the Leith area of Edinburgh and hopefully a date will be organised for that soon.
Thanks and well done to all pupils involved.
Doon Academy’s yearly curricular program for tackling knife crime starts this year with a partnership led football tournament, hosted at the impressive new 4G Astro Turf pitch in Dalmellington. Third year pupils conducting a school leadership program with Mrs McLay have been working with Doon Academy’s Campus Police Officer PC Hurren to develop leadership and team working skills. One such activity was to coordinate a football tournament promoting the national ‘No Knives Better Lives’ campaign. This work used partnership agency’s such as EAC education, EAC leisure, Active Schools coordinator, Street League and Police Scotland.
The tournament was a great success with a junior and senior five aside style league, approximately fifty young people were present both from Doon Academy and Dalmellington’s street league activity agreement programme. On completion of the tournament extra time was called with all interested players staying on to play a full pitch game which just like the tournament was played with enthusiasm and in good spirit.
Doon Academy’s knife crime program will continue with PSE/guidance inputs regarding knife crime which will be assisted by PC Hurren. The Baldy Bane Theatre Company will also be visiting the school performing the Kamikaze show which highlights the dangers of gangs and knife crime through the performance and associated workshops.
The leadership group would like to thank all the partner agencies who helped with the running of the football tournament and who attended; The Active Schools coordinator Kirsty Millar who’s role is to promote sport, health and wellbeing in and around primary and secondary schools. Margorie Harvie 16+ Transitions officer and Iain McCrindle Doon Academy’s Transitional Support Worker from Opportunities for All Team with Scott Agnew from Street League which is in partnership with East Ayrshire Council , they work with 16-19 year olds using a unique football and education program to get young people engaged and progress into Training, Further Education or Employment. This runs every Monday and Wednesday 2pm-4pm all are welcome. Finally PC Lafferty and Patterson from the Doon Valley Community Policing Team.
The leadership group would also wish to thank Doon Valley leisure centre for all their continued support and PC Hurren for his ongoing involvement with the leadership group. A special thanks goes to senior pupil Peter Featherstonehaugh for his high standard of refereeing.
Former Doon Academy student, Samantha White presented her work with stem cells and stroke patients to the Biology students within the senior school.
Samantha is currently undertaking a PhD researching stem cells and strokes. Some of our students are basing their assignments around stem cells. This presentation not only helped students with their assignments but it furthered all of our student’s knowledge of stem cells.
It was great to see Samantha in the school again and see the progress she has made in her chosen career.
Congratulations to Jade Nelson for her chalk and charcoal drawing of Burns Cottage. Her drawing was selected as the winning entry in the school’s annual Burns Competition. Her image will be used on the front cover of the school’s Burns Supper programme which will take place this year on Thursday 26 February at 7 pm. Tickets are priced at £5.50 and can be bought from the school reception.
Dalmellington Primary and Doon Academy school pupils have been taking matters into their own hands and attempting to improve local road safety through partnership working. Doon Academy’s Safe Road Users Award group and Dalmellington Primary’s Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSO) have been working in unison with PC Hurren (Doon Academy’s Campus Police Officer), The Zone (youth project) and Ayrshire Roads Alliance on a number of projects including reducing vehicle speeds in the local area and also improving the safety of pedestrians within the school grounds.
Pupils have assisted PC Hurren in conducting high visibility speed checks and also designed decorative planters for troublesome parking areas within the school grounds. The planters were coordinated by Mrs Jones (Primary 2) and constructed by Colin Roberts and local young people working with the Zone in Dalmellington, who gain valuable skills for employment.
The JRSO scheme encourages and empowers pupils, through peer education, to highlight and address road safety issues relevant to their school. The project also promotes partnership working within the whole school community. The Safe Road User Award develops positive attitudes to using the road and an understanding of how to use the road safely, this certificate also reduces the score required on the driving theory test.
PC Hurren states; “It is great to see pupils who are so focused on improving their own local area and acting as positive role models for the rest of the community”.
The opening of the East Ayrshire Schools’ Art and Design Exhibition took place on Thursday 12 February in the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock. Former and present pupils of Doon Academy: Paige McMahon, Courtney Jackson, Nicky Fairbairn, Elleis Peters and the Art and Design Master Class had work exhibited in this showcase. This event was well attended by staff, pupils, parents, the wider community and councillors. The exhibition was full of high quality works of art. Well done to all involved and thank you to Helen Duncan and the Creative Minds Team for organising this event. East Ayrshire Art and Design students are very talented!
A video of the event can be found at https://vimeo.com/119255142
As part of the CSI Masterclass, the students have designed and set up a crime scene investigation that has been delivered to the P7 from Dalmellington Primary School. They have delivered four periods of lessons to 20 pupils. Our students have taught them a number of forensic skills such as how to inspect a crime scene, take finger prints, analyse CCTV footage and examine DNA samples.
The skills that our students have developed throughout this process have also allowed them to build up a bank of evidence which can be used to gain their Dynamic Youth award.
Our students have shown many leadership skills and have been a credit to the school.
The following S3 students have been involved in the East Ayrshire Schools Book Sculpture Competition with the acclaimed artist Su Blackwell: Nicholas Agnew, Skye Blaney, Ross Farrell, Dylan Figgins, Adam Fulton, Katie Johnstone, Decklin Kerr, Alison McCann, Darren Mullen, Cory Nelson and Rebecca Steele. Their book sculptures were based on the late great Clarice Marion McNab Shaw MP.
The students listed will have the opportunity to go to the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock on Friday 4 March 2015. Where the announcement of the winner will take place at this special celebration event with Cathy Jamieson MP along with invited guests.
Thank you to Helen Duncan and The Creative Minds Team for very kindly supporting this event. Good luck to all students involved!