Jan 312017


Doon Academy welcomed representatives from the Princes Trust and Provost Todd to the school to see first-hand the great work some of our pupils are doing with RUTS (Rural Urban Training Scheme) in motorcycle maintenance and safety. Provost Todd, who is a keen motorcyclist, commented on how well Doon Academy does in providing varied courses to suit the needs of its young people.





Dec 192016

Over the last few weeks S2 have been really busy with their Frankie and Benny’s Pasta/Pizza competition. Sixteen groups have been designing dishes which are not already on the restaurant menu with consideration to the current Scottish Dietary goals set by the Government to improve our nation’s health. There have been some interesting combinations of ingredients. The practical sessions for the competition were exciting, busy, and sometimes hectic but all groups got their dishes to the serving table in time for our in-house judges! Judging took place looking at team work, leadership skills, and uniqueness of the dish, taste, texture and presentation.

Pupils have also had to present their dishes to ‘sell’ them, similar to The Apprentice on the tv! They have been judged on the quality of their information, their presenting style, and the graphics used on their PowerPoints to capture their audience.

S2 have done really well with their competition and should be commended on their team work, effort and taking everything on board, even when they have been outside of their comfort zone on occasions. Great work S2!

A special thanks to people involved who have helped this competition to run smoothly:

Mr Kelso and Mrs Elder for their invaluable input with the pupil presentations.

Judges – Mr Reilly, Mrs Murray, Mrs McLarty, Miss Calder, Miss Moffat, Mrs Milroy and Mr Robertson. We hope that you enjoyed trying our inventions!

Miss McNair for keeping track of the paperwork and all the many ingredients!

We now have our semi-finalists who will take part in the next stage in Doon Academy on 9th March where we are up against Auchinleck, St. Josephs and Grange Academies. Bring it on!

Semi Finalists:

Rebecca Meredith, Fern Collins, Zoe Richardson

Jack Simpson, Ben Given, Mateusz Ambroszczyk

Ben Blain, Robert Reid, Cheryl McLarty, Erin Jones

Andrew Murphy, Yuri Goodfellow, William McKinstray, Patrick McQue


Dec 052016

As you know the Art and Design exhibition opened on Thursday 1st December. It was an extremely successful and enjoyable event which was well attended by pupils, parents and the wider community. The work looks outstanding and all pupils involved should be really proud of what they have achieved. A special thanks must go to the pupils who helped out on the night, they were a credit to themselves and the school. The exhibition will run for the duration of December, if you get the opportunity please nip in and see it, you will not be disappointed. Lastly, thank you for your help and support it is very much appreciated.


Nov 292016

Last week was Scottish Book Week. Doon Academy has been doing lots to celebrate this.

The Scholastic Book Fair has been in school and doesn’t leave till Thursday. There is a whole range of books to suit all tastes – fantasy, classics, dystopian, drama, sci-fi and comedy to name a few. If there are still some books you think you want to purchase, get your money in quick!


We were also lucky enough to get our own Doon Academy book published for the Book Week. We Are Writers is a collection of creative works by students from across the school. You can pick yourself up a copy from the library. They’re an absolute bargain at only £5.99!


Finally, this year the school became book donars. Scottish Book Trust has started publishing a book each year which is to be given for free to adults in the community. As we had a parents night last Thursday this seemed an ideal opportunity to share some literature with the Doon Valley. This year’s book, Secrets and Confessions is very entertaining read as it delves into the secrets of the nation. Accident is a particularly good short from the collection.


Nov 282016

The textile lunch club will start back up Wednesday 30th November until Wednesday 21st December.

Some pupils have make up bags to finish that would make great Christmas gifts. You can also make a decorated fleece scarf as a Christmas present. £1 charge to cover the four week block.

Future 30 pupils can do any missing buttonholes and attach their buttons onto their final workshop item.

Come at 12.30pm and bring your lunch! Ask Mrs McDonald or Miss McNair for a lunch pass.

Nov 272016

Doon Academy pupils and staff have donated 29 shoeboxes to the Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal 2016. The school held a non-uniform day when pupils were asked to donate items such as toothbrushes, soap and toys. Mrs Elder and the Early Education and Childcare class then packed and wrapped the boxes. Last year, Blythswood sent 118,000 shoeboxes filled with necessities to people in need in countries such as Albania, Serbia and Pakistan. In Europe, boxes were distributed to orphanages, hospitals and schools; and they were given to low-earning families in Pakistan. Thank you to everyone who made donations to the appeal and helped to make a difference this Christmas.

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