There will be a late night supported study for all S4-S6 Art and Photography students on Tuesday 6 October from 3.40 pm until 7.00 pm. Pupils are welcome to make a donation of £3 towards dinner, sweets and juice! This is a great opportunity to catch up with any work and to complete any unfinished pieces.
The Doon Valley Museum is hosting an exhibition featuring work from the Doon Academy Knit Along Community Art project. This successful project ran last year and saw pupils and members of the community working together creatively and as part of a team. This encouraged creativity and hands on skills in the area.
The exhibition will run from Saturday 3 October – Saturday 30 January and there is a variety of exciting works of art on show.
It is wonderful to get the chance to share the finished artworks with everyone that was involved and hopefully you will be able to take the time to view the exhibition. The museum is opened from Thursday – Saturday 10am – 4pm. Pop in anytime! You won’t be disappointed!
Before we all departed for the summer holidays, Doon Academy held its famous annual Fashion Show. Here are some of the highlights:
Last week three S4 hospitality pupils Brooke Welsh, Rebecca Steele and Brandon Patton took part in the Ayrshire Cook Off at Dumfries House. The pupils were up against 14 other schools from North, South and East Ayrshire to produce six canapÃ©s and an Ayrshire Plate within one hour. Cooking in unknown territory and with only the use of a single table top induction hob and three shared ovens set at 180Â°C for all schools really was a challenge! Our pupils got stuck in and worked brilliantly together in a tight space. Working as a team, they helped each other out with Brandon looking after the hob whilst Rebecca and Brooke did the fridge and ovens checks.
Within the ‘Bake Off’ style marquee there were also 15 businesses with their local food produce. The pupils had to shop for their ingredients, choosing foods like prawns, nasturtium flowers, chicory and chocolate mint leaves. Yes, they do smell like After Eight mints! Our team produced three types of canapÃ©s on a sharing platter using ingredients that they were not all familiar with to begin with. Brandon did a fantastic job de-veining prawns and making flash fried spicy prawns, recipe adapted but courtesy of Miss Moffat and Mrs Elder. Meanwhile, Brooke was in charge of making cucumber ribbons filled with smoked salmon pate and charred peppers served with goats cheese. Rebecca made cranachan cheesecake which was our take for the Ayrshire plate. This used locally produced cream cheese from Dunlop Dairy, oatcakes from Woolley’s of Arran and Scottish raspberries.
The pupils all met and a had a little chat with Prince Charles who seemed very interested in their choice of ingredients. There is a great write up and photographs in the Ayrshire Post and the Cumnock Chronicle with reference to our pupils and the school. The pupils really looked very professional and in control and were a credit to the school. Well done Brooke, Rebecca and Brandon!
Congratulations to Leighton Filson, Reece Cochrane, Korina McMahon and Ben Willis for achieving credits towards a Dynamic Youth award. Along with other students from the CSI masterclass, they led 20 pupils from Dalmellington Primary through different stages of a mock crime scene investigation including inspecting the crime scene, shoeprints, CCTV, chromatography, fingerprints, DNA Electrophoresis and finally presenting their findings to PC Hurren. Congratulations!
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.