Last week 40 pupils took part in a visit to the trenches and memorial sites from WWI. The pupils learned about life on the front line and were even able to research ancestors who contributed to the war effort. As part of the trip pupils visited the Flanders Field museum and were given a guided tour of the tunnels at Vimy Ridge. At the end of the week the group enjoyed time at Parc Asterix followed by a day in Disneyland Paris.
Last week, six S3 and S4 pupils went to Dumfries House for a textiles workshop within the Future Textiles Project as initiated by Prince Charles. Pupils watched demonstrations and learned how to use source as inspiration to inform the design process and how to transfer design ideas onto fabric through drawing, hand stitch and appliqué. Pupils then sewed and overlocked their personally designed calico tote bags. The girls returned to Doon full of pride with their achievements. They had enjoyed the ambience of Dumfries House and meeting pupils from schools in Glasgow. Here are some of their finished bags.
On Tuesday 9th June, the staff and pupils from the SLC enjoyed a well-earned trip to M&Ds Theme Park. This is an annual event and a welcome break from the classroom! The weather was very kind to us and it stayed sunny throughout. Staff have commented on the superb behaviour of all the pupils and it was great to see everyone getting on and enjoying themselves.
On Monday 15 June, Team Flawless – Elleis Peters, Carla Strachan, Shania Brown and Colin McDonald – competed in the Sir Tom Hunter Challenge 2015. The team were joint runners up and won £1,500 for the school’s Enterprise fund. They presented in front of an audience of parents, fellow pupils from East Ayrshire, Head Teachers, council officials and MPs. They were a credit to the school and the Business Education and ICT Department. Well done Team Flawless!
This week the school has launched our new Rights Respecting school charter and classroom actions which are now being followed in all areas of the school. This follows an extensive period of consultation with pupils, teachers, the Parent Council and the wider community. We are delighted to announce that this week we have been awarded with our Recognition of Commitment from UNICEF and can now start working towards Level 1 status.
As part of our launch, departments were asked to design a wall display with a Rights Respecting theme. On Wednesday afternoon members of the Pupil Council visited each department to judge the displays. The standard was very high throughout the school and the winning department was the Supported Learning Centre, closely followed by Art as the runner-up. Congratulations to them both.
The RRSA group would like to thank everyone involved who made this launch possible and look forward to leading further progress next year.
On 29 June, local fibre artist Janet Renouf-Miller sets off from Dalmellington on a 68 day, 850 mile cycle around Scotland. The trip will be done on a Brompton folding bike and Doon Academy pupils will no doubt have seen her at some point on her weird-looking bike practicing for her long trip!
Miss Fuller, Principal Art Teacher from Doon Academy will be keeping Janet company on the first couple of days of the trip by cycling along with her.
Janet will be knitting and crocheting what she sees on the way and the work produced will form an exhibition, which Janet hopes will be displayed locally. She will also write a book about the project.
As part of the project, Janet will be delivering free mini workshops on knitting and crochet all over Scotland and the first one will be at the Robert Burns Museum in Alloway Ayrshire on Mon 29 June 2-4pm.
Janet has recently delivered knitting workshops at Doon Academy for our students and she was also involved in our Wool Bombing installation.
On Thursday 29 May a group of students went to Ayrshire Colleges “Have a Go Skills Day” at Ayr Racecourse. Students had the opportunity to try hairdressing, nail art, theatrical make up and hand massages. They also got to see the fashion show and drama show dress rehearsals as well as seeing an Art exhibition. This was a fantastic event and all students really enjoyed it.
The school Fashion Show will take place on Thursday 25 June from 6.30 pm until 8.00 pm. Tickets are priced at £3.50 and are selling fast! These can be purchased from the school reception. There will be stalls, a raffle and refreshments will also be provided. The Cumnock Factory Outlet, Tesco Ayr and Electric Daisy are sponsoring this event!
Well done to all pupils who worked so hard during this year on their Hospitality courses. Here is a selection of the dishes that pupils produced in their final practical exams. There was a very high standard shown by all pupils across all levels, with Nat 5 pupils producing a three course meal in just 2½ hours – a huge achievement and not for the faint hearted! Brilliant work!