Here's an info page I finally put together for my story, Not Proven! Here you should find details about Druimein School and the town in which it is located. I will expand this over time as I think of things and as you ask questions. If you have a question, please post it on my most recent doll.
Druimein School was founded to cater to those gifted with high intelligence and prowess in any academic area. Some claim that STEM is the main focus of Druimein, but this is untrue. Also on campus there is a fantastic art studio right next to a greenhouse, and nearby there is an admittedly small athletics field where rugby and football are played. Since students come from all over the world, other sports such as American football are popular in the students’ free time. Druimein is located directly next to the coastal village of Cairn, which I would put somewhere near the Isle of Skye. The school used to be a castle (called Druimein Castle, of course) and the founder of the school, who was the last owner of the castle, wished the school to be kept as close the original castle design as possible.
Since Druimein is supposed to be located in Scotland, I tried to base the school off of a Scottish school. It is, however, a seven-year school which goes from age eleven to eighteen (Lileas, therefore, is in her sixth year). Students come of age at sixteen, so some choose to leave the school then, but most finish before going on to university. The castle has a total of seven floors, which works conveniently for dormitories. Boys and girls are split up by wings, and the center of the school is reserved for classrooms.
This is not the only school in Cairn, but it is the only secondary school. If the children of Cairn aren’t accepted to Druimein School, they are obligated to attend the secondary school in the next town over where the train station is located. The school is called Ignatius Academy, though many rude students at Druimein like to call it “Idiots Academy.” There is some rivalry between the two schools, particularly when it comes to athletics. Though the students of Ignatius Academy might not be as spectacularly smart as those from Druimein, they are better in athletics.
There are about a hundred students in each class at Druimein, meaning the whole school has a total of around seven hundred pupils. Classrooms can fit up to about thirty students at a time at maximum.
Halloween (Oct. 31)–Cairn is very strict to sticking to the old traditions of Scottish Halloween. Spirits are thought to return and roam the village, so people often set up empty places and dishes of food for them (not all people, just the most traditional and superstitious). Children who go to neighbors’ houses must sing or tell a story in order to receive their usually sweet rewards, and often the students of Druimein will attempt to do this as well even though they aren’t exactly children. Bonfires are essential to this evening and almost every house will light one. Druimein School has its own bonfire outside for students to cele( )ate the occasion, though students often try to light their own on the ramparts of the school and usually get caught. Students also like to hang around the old mill near midnight in hopes of catching sight of a ghost.
St. Andrew’s Day (Nov. 30)–this is the day to cele( )ate everything related to Scottish culture. Traditional food, drink, music, and dance is all included. The center of town is cleared and set up with contributions from all of the attendees, meaning there is usually quite a lot of food left over.
Christmas (Dec. 25)–not as large or public a cele( )ation as Hogmanay. Some may throw a few small parties, and Druimein School hosts the largest one in their own halls. Students will compete with how outrageous and extreme they can make their Christmas decorations in their dormitory hallways.
New Year’s Day/Hogmanay (Dec. 31/Jan. 1)–this is by far the greatest cele( )ation of the year. Bonfires are everywhere and usually include sprigs of juniper which release a sweet smell when burned. Cairn has adopted variations of a few traditions from other towns around Scotland. For instance, people will take a swim in the freezing waters nearby. Fireworks are popular, of course, and it is a Cairn tradition for the entire town to stay up to see the first light of dawn. Additionally, all debts must be settled and old arguments laid to rest by midnight.
Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)–this used to be a smaller cele( )ation, but over time Cairn has become as invested in Valentine’s Day as most of the rest of the world (mostly due to the Druimein students’ enthusiasm for the holiday). Cards are exchanged between friends, but mostly the day’s cele( )ation is focused around loved ones. A romantic dinner is a must, which leads the best restaurants in Cairn to become incredibly crowded. Still, some students at Druimein who are single will organize their own parties which are highly exclusive.
Mary Clacher–literature and history
Elinor Dunbar–most biological sciences
Emilie Kirk–studio art
Harry Smith–mathematics and the occasional physical science class
Sophie Burns–botany and mycology
Fahim Mirzai (belongs to @DuskyAsianRose)–languages (specifically Arabic)
John McKie–head rugby and football coach along with physics teacher
Some available positions: Music professor, another language professor (especially one that specializes in romance languages), history professor, family and consumer sciences (FCS) professor, psychology and philosophy professor, computer science professor
Options for sixth year students* include:
Anatomy & Physiology
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)
East Asian History
*I know there are a few seventh year students sprinkled in there, but I haven't developed the course list for that year just yet. They have the option to take some from this list and more advanced courses (along with history and lit courses from other regions of the world, etc). This list is also not complete and if you have ideas, let me know.
Druimein works on a sort of block schedule with two hour classes on Tues/Thurs and here are examples from my characters so you have some idea of how it works:
Monday/W/F: Advanced Calculus (8am), Classical History (10am), Scots Gaelic (11am), Biochemistry (2pm)
Tues/Thurs: Anatomy & Physiology (10am), World Literature (2pm), French (4pm)
M/W/F: Classical History (10am), Scots Gaelic (11am), Calculus (2pm), Philosophy (3pm)
Tues/Thurs: Arabic (8am), Anatomy & Physiology (10am), German (12pm), Music (4pm)
Yeah, I have no idea when Tara eats lunch.
Keep in mind that there can only be a few students in each class, so if you construct a schedule for your own student try to spread them out so they aren't sharing every class with Lileas, for example. I am willing to craft a student schedule for your OC if you want, just ask and let me know your character's class preferences.
I made this one for @Sorachan's Vivian Culpepper after Sorachan told me that Vivian was interested most in FCS, psychology, and biology:
M/W/F: Advanced Calculus (8am), Studio Art (9am), Classical History (10am), Biochemistry (2pm)
Tues/Thurs: FCS (8am), German (12pm), Psychology (2pm)
At minimum, a student must take four classes on M/W/F and three on Tues/Thurs. Some are overachievers and take more.
Cairn is a small, coastal village whose main industries are anything related to agriculture and fishing. The population is around 8000 people without including the students of Druimein School since most of those students do not live in Cairn year-round. Some of the establishments in Cairn:
The Two Maggots–this is the best and most popular pub in Cairn. It used to be fairly small, but they managed to buy out the neighboring building and expanded to accomodate the massive crowds.
Currently Unnamed Café–after the Two Maggots, this is the most popular establishement. It is practically run by students, but the owner still lives in the flat above the shop.