We are delighted to announce that our school is part of the SVP family and we have our own Mini Vinnies in school.
The Mini Vinnie Mission.
‘The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.’ SVP Society.
The Mini Vinnie Pledge.
As a member of Mini Vinnies, I promise to make a difference in my world by:
• Caring for, respecting and loving myself;
• Strengthening my friendship with Jesus by praying each day and talking to others about him;
• Caring for others in my school and community by being a friend to those who are alone, in need or in trouble;
• Contributing to the happiness of my family through my help, respect, consideration, joy and kindness;
• Caring for, appreciating and enjoying God’s creation: the environment;
• Treating others the way I would like them to treat me
Our Mini Vinnies for 2017-2018:
Members: Isla, Daniel, Declan, Carmela, Holly, Charlie, Emily, Romilly, Henry, Phillipa, Sophie, Maja, Jessica, Eve, Leonie, Katie, Harriet, Grace, Erin C, Niamh, Erin B, Polly and Isaac.
Co ordinators: Mrs Sweeney, Mrs Williams and Mrs Sheldon Price
We have been working with Home Lea House taking part in their Reminiscent Project. we have taken groups of Mini Vinnies to visit their residents and talk about their childhood, important events in their lives and things they wish to share with the children.
This year we have become Dementia Friends and are working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly School. We are making links within the local area to raise awareness, raise money and support those who are living with dementia.
We have been learning about Dementia with ‘Memories with Grandma’.
In the year 16/17 the Mini Vinnies were very busy! Here are just a few of the highlights of our year.
The Good Shepherd
To support the Good Shepherd sponsored walk the Mini Vinnies will be developing our prayer area in school. The sponsored walk will take place in the school grounds and lead to the new prayer area developed by the Mini Vinnies.
Isaac and Erin went to the Good Shepherd Mass to give our donation of £1,080 to Bishop Marcus.
Mini Vinnies helped to lead worship at St.Mary’s Church. We discuss the work of the Mini Vinnies, how we support the SVP and the future mission of the Mini Vinnies at St. Mary’s. We also supported the SVP in their coffee morning in the parish hall. We raised a brilliant £300 which is being shared between the SVP and the Mini Vinnies.
Mini Vinnie celebration at the Cathedral
We were invited by Bishop Marcus to a mass of celebration at Leeds Cathedral with all other Mini Vinnies from Leeds and the surrounding area.
Through fundraising in school we have been able to sponsor 10 children in India at our twin school. We have secured their place at school for a year. We now hope to set up a pen pal link with these children.
With our new reading scheme in school we were able to donate our old books to the SVP centre to support teaching English as a second language.
Supporting our SVP
In our meetings this term we have been writing letters to some of the local sick parishioners. We have worked in groups to write letters introducing our group and what we do.
Our current project is fundraising! We are organising fundraising events to help our SVP link school in India.
Ash Wednesday provided our first opportunity to help others and serve our school spreading God’s word. The Mini Vinnies led our Ash Wednesday liturgy. The Minis planned the liturgy and led it in front of the whole school and some of our parish SVP. Each of the group spoke, sang or acted to help our school receive the message of Ash Wednesday.
Our ‘Minnies’ have helped lead the school throughout our Holy Week reflection and worship. Our Palm Sunday collective worship was planned and led by half of our Mini Vinnies. Holy Thursday was led by the other half our Mini Vinnies as they displayed Jesus washing his disciples feet and the Last Supper.
Mini Vinnies Celebration
On the 14th June Mini Vinnies from across Leeds gathered together at St. Patrick’s Church to celebrate the hard work and commitment to helping others they have shown this year. After a mass led by the Minis we all gathered in St. Patrick’ school to share our work, ideas and Mini Vinnies song.