Sep 182018

Last week all S1 pupils took part in our Drawing Day at Craigengillian Estate. We explored our local landscape, created sketches, used our photography skills to capture images and brought back natural objects which we will use to create artwork.

Please see below some of our pupil feedback and images of our day.

‘I enjoyed the walking’ ‘I liked working with my friends’ ‘I liked exploring new places’
‘I enjoyed team working’ ‘It was good getting fresh air’ ‘I enjoyed sketching’
‘It was really fun!’

Jun 212018

Exam results day is coming. Whether things don’t go according to plan or better than expected, Skills Development Scotland have a variety of options to support learners from 7 August onwards.

Getting your results can be a stressful time, and some people struggle to decide what to do next.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) have support services available over the phone, online and in person.

Over the phone

Learners, parents and carers can call the Exam Results Helpline to speak with one of SDS’s trained advisers about their options. From apprenticeships to UCAS Clearing, college to employment, they have information on what you can do next. The Helpline is open on 7-15 August and you can get details at


Scotland’s online careers service My World of Work has lots of useful articles and information to help you plan your future. You can check it all out at

On social media

You can message advisers via DM on Twitter at @mywowscotland or private message via or your local SDS Facebook page.

In person

SDS careers centres are located nationwide, and careers advisers are available year-round – not just on results day – to offer advice on your career options. Find your nearest centre at

The most important thing to remember is – don’t panic! Whatever your results, there is a way to follow your ambitions, and SDS advisers are ready to help you think about options.

Jun 122018

Ten pupils from our senior phase sampled life at University of the West of Scotland during the annual ‘taster event’. Pupils were selected upon their career aspirations and attended tutorials within departments including Primary Education, Engineering and Nursing. They were also given an informative presentation on pathways concluding with a tour of the Ayr campus. It was a valuable learning experience as the pupils plot their career journeys.

Jun 112018

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and Doon academy pupils will be working with the Cumnock Tryst, Edinburgh String Quartet and the RCS to produce music compositions about the experiences local people had during this time. This will cultivate into a final performance at Cumnock Academy on the 5th of October where Martin Travers of the Citizens Theatre will turn these individual pieces of music into a “symphony” of narrative, music and dance with further input from RCS student composers and the young students at the Dumfries House Hub.

Jun 072018

Doon Academy’s Junior Nurture class recently visited the outstanding Broomhill Fishery, Rankinston. Over the last few months the pupils have been learning about fishing techniques and tackle. Tommy Mitchell and his colleagues, at Broomhill, were extremely welcoming and we thank them for their tremendous hospitality. This is certainly the first of many trips there.

As the sun was beating down amidst stunning scenery, Ewan Wilson and Miss Oliver both reeled in beautiful Rainbow Trout weighing over 2lbs.

Ewan would have had a second catch if Mr Kelly had not fallen into the water trying to land it. Rule number one – always use a net to land a fish.

Scott McRobert and Liam Holder both agreed that Ewan Wilson merited the ‘King Fisher’ award for his patience, looking after the environment and of course his catch.

Well done everyone!

May 292018

Mr Kelly would like to thank the P7 pupils, staff and parents of Bellsbank Primary School for a fantastic leadership experience at Columba 1400, Loch Lomond. He felt it was a privilege to spend three days in the company of truly outstanding people and he greatly appreciated the invitation.

The pupils and staff at Doon Academy cannot wait to welcome our new S1 cohort from all of our associated primary schools.

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