Advent Liturgy 2021
To mark the start of Advent our whole Mini Vinnie group carefully planned and led our Advent Liturgy. They came up with the idea of a calendar of goodwill that they wanted to gift to each class. In the weeks running up to our Liturgy they worked every lunchtime on their goodwill gestures to spread the true meaning of Christmas. The calendars were shared with each class and each day, during December, different classes and children worked on the different promises to make sure that everybody throughout our school and our extended family were able to keep the real meaning of Christmas in our hearts.
Our Christmas Card Appeal
We have worked closely with the SVP group this Autumn to think about ways of going beyond our school family to bring joy to people who may be in more challenging situations than ourselves. Our Mini Vinnies came up with the idea of sending Christmas cards to lonely, isolated Parishioners as well as to refugees who have just arrived from Afghanistan. Our Reception & KS1 classes made religious cards and wrote messages and our SVP then delivered them to local Parishioners who may be living by themselves this Christmas. Our KS2 classes designed and wrote Christmas Tree cards for Afghani refugees based in accommodation in Wakefield ; these were shared between Afghani families and solo male Afghanis. We were very touched to know that these cards were the first contact from local people that they would have had and we hoped it showed how much we care.
Our Harvest Appeal
This year, as part of our Harvest Appeal, we decided to see how much we could gather for the St Vincent’s Foodbank in East Leeds. We had a big aim of collecting 250 items and each of our Mini Vinnies was responsible for a different part of our appeal. Amazingly we managed to collect more than 500 food donations which were collected every Friday throughout October. We were so generous to our wonderful families who gave so generously.
Mini Vinnies of 2021-2022
This year we have a total of 25 Mini Vinnies ranging from Y3 up to Y6. Their applications showed how much commitment they had to being young Vincentians and they have all eagerly begun to gather ideas about how we can make a difference to the world around us. The group is led by Mrs Martin and Miss Duffy supports our amazing work.
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
December 2020 : Our Mini Vinnies Mission
This December (and in the lead up to Advent) our Mini Vinnies thought hard about what we could do to make a difference to people all over our city of Leeds. We decided to create Reverse Advent Calendars for each class so that every person could bring in something of their choice that they could contribute to Food Banks across our city if they wanted to. We chose to donate festive gifts in order to share the joy of Christ.
September 2020 : Our Mini Vinnies Mission
Today our Mini Vinnies have met to find out about the life of St Vincent De Paul and begin our mission for 2020. There are so many challenges at this tough time for so many different people but we really want to help people in our community by cheering them up and bringing brightness to their lives. We have prayed for strength from God, that our volunteering mission during this time of lockdown will be a successful one. Next Tuesday we will meet and soon our energy, positivity ,happiness and eagerness to serve will be able to spread to those within our community who are most in need.
Mrs Martin, Mrs Williams & our amazing cohort of Mini Vinnies
Our Mini Vinnies have been working so hard to create artwork to boost people’s spirits at such a challenging time. During this second Lockdown (November 2020) people are feeling isolated and lonely – our Mini Vinnies have made bright and uplifting pictures to banish loneliness and help people feel more positive! If you know somebody who is isolating or having to spend a lot of time at home, why not show them these pictures to cheer them up!
Our amazing Mini Vinnies are also in the process of writing letters to some of the residents of our local residential home, Mulgrave House as well.
Our Mini Vinnies for 2019-2020:
Members: Henry D, George, Justice, Jaime, Philip, Isla, Noah, Rosa, Nancy, Grace, Daniel, Declan, Carmela, Holly, Charlie, Emily, Romilly, Henry W, Phillipa, Sophie, Anna, Marley and Joe.
Co ordinators: Mrs Sweeney, Mrs Williams and Mrs Sheldon Price
The Mini Vinnies led our school in seeing the Harvest Festival. With the help of CAFOD Brighten Up, they showed us how to brighten up this harvest and raise money for a very good cause.
The Mini Vinnies started the year 2019 with a busy start. They supported 56 children in writing their applications in a new round of entries. They open their application stop shop, narrowed down their application and voted on the most ‘vincentian’ applications. Well done on the democratic skills you demonstrated.
Mr and Mrs Horan from our local SVP have been coming into school to support us with our Spirited Poetry project. The children have been writing about ‘Where is God in our school?’.
Keep your eyes peeled in church to see our entries and cast your vote.
We have already had such a busy year!