May 032016

Despite reminders and discussion with the Parent Council about the standard of dress that we expect all pupils to adhere to while in school we still had a number of pupils turn up to use the study area today dressed in casual clothes. These pupils were reminded of what standard we expect of them and were also informed that if they turn up dressed casually again they will be asked to leave the school to change into school uniform.

May 032016

Thursday 5th May is an in-service day for staff. Pupils should not attend EXCEPT those pupils sitting English N5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams.

For those pupils coming in to sit exams in the morning (Higher and Advanced Higher) the bus will pick pupils up from their normal stops at the normal time i.e. first pick up in Patna at 8.10. The aim is to have the pupils at school just after 8.30 to allow them time to get settled before the exam starts. A bus will be provided to take them home again after the exam, leaving the school at approximately 12.30

The pupils sitting National 5 in the afternoon will also be picked up by bus. This will start at 11.45 at Rankinston then proceed round Patna starting at the first stop at 12.00. The aim is for the pupils to be at the school at about 12.30. Again a bus will take them home after the exam.

Those pupils who get taxi’s to school have their own individual arrangements in place, If parents are unsure of what these are please contact the school.

Apr 012016

On Wednesday 23rd of March pupils from the 6th year leadership team at Doon Academy was busy distinguishing themselves and the school once more by winning £3000 for a very deserving local charity.

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As part of a very busy year for all Doon Academy seniors, the entire 6th year have been busy completing a SQA Higher Leadership course. As part of this course the seniors were expected to study the concept of leadership and then plan and execute an event, entirely by themselves, to demonstrate their leadership qualities.

One event would be a hard enough task, but Doon being Doon, our seniors decided they wanted to make clear their work ethic as well as their leadership potential and so they organised a number of different events. One of the main events that the Doon Senior Leadership cohort planned and ran was the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI).

YPI grants hundreds of thousands of pounds to community-based social service charities each year, 100% decided by thousands of secondary school students in a school-based philanthropy project. YPI is offered free of charge to secondary schools, with one major enrolment requirement: it must be provided inclusively to all students across a grade level, as a marked project within any mandatory course. That course at Doon being the SQA Higher Leadership course. YPI currently works with secondary schools in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States.

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The Leadership cohort split down into a number of groups and each group researched local charities in need of funding. Each group created a presentation for their chosen charity from their research. The individual groups then presented to the entire cohort in turn. Once every group had presented there was a vote and two semi-finalists were picked. The two teams consisted of: Lauren Fergusson and Kayleigh Armour presenting on Friends of Hillside. This is a charity that raises money for extra-curricular activities for the primary school for those with severe educational needs in our community.

The second team consisted of Thomas Murphy and Josh Zakashowski who were presenting on the Bellsbank Family Centre. This charity focuses on the need to provide pre-school education for children to speed their educational development to a point they are ready to benefit fully from primary education.

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After two passionate and thoroughly well researched presentations the judging panel felt that Friends of Hillside had made the more convincing case, and so, awarded them the YPI 2016 final prize of £3000. This will now be handed over to Friends of Hillside and we here at Doon hope this helps make a big impact for pupils of Hillside and the dedicated volunteers of Friends of Hillside who do such wonderful work for the children of our community.
So a warm well done for all involved, especially the winning team of Lauren Fergusson and Kayleigh Armour!

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Apr 012016

The Developing Young Workforce noticeboard is located outside the pupil and staff toilets. This noticeboard contains information on:
· Open days
· Employment opportunities
· UCAS events
· The school’s PSE programme
· Possible/future careers
· College and university information
Please make sure you stop and take time to read the information as it is there to help and support you through your school career and beyond. For further information please see Mr Kelly.

Mar 292016


On Wednesday afternoon Mrs Noble’s JLA class took to the kitchen to prepare a feast. Over the past few weeks pupils have been researching various countries with a focus on foods from around the world. Some examples of the foods on offer included; Italian Pizza, American Brownies and Brazilian Brigaderio.

Mar 242016

The staff at Doon Academy would like to invite all S2 parents/guardians to visit the school on Wednesday 30th of March between 5:30pm and 7:30pm. It would be our pleasure to highlight the new skills your child has developed and discuss the progress they are making across the school. Your child can make specific appointments with particular class teachers as required. We look forward to being able to share our enthusiasm for your child’s future.

Mar 242016

Here is the school timetable for the Easter Holidays:

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There will be no school transport or canteen service available on these days, pupils will have to make their own arrangements for lunch and for transport to and from school. Additionally there will be no lunchtime supervision so pupils will need to leave the building at 12:00 and return at 1:00.

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