In April 2015, following the success of our Lenten charity to purchase Vinnie Packs for the homeless through the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) mission we decided, along with the School Council, that the children of St Joseph’s would join the “Mini- Vinnie” community- the junior branch of the SVP. Our existing school councillors formed our start up committee. Mike Royles from SVP, joined us for whole school assembly to do a presentation on becoming a Mini Vinnie.
With a motto of ‘see, think, do’ we feel this very much fits with our school Mission statement and links with St Joseph’s Parish and the group was launched at a special assembly. All children at the school automatically become Mini Vinnie members when they join, with a central committee who are elected to their positions leading and helping with co-ordination.
Please visit this page regularly to see what our Mini Vinnies have been up to!
Mini Vinnie Day of Reflection
On Thursday 4th July 2019, Nahla and Alex represented the Mini Vinnies at a Day of Reflection, held in Poole, with other Mini Vinnies from local Catholic schools. They had a to give a short speech about the work that they do in school and then worked with the other children doing many different activities throughout the day, ending with a short liturgy in St. Mary’s Church. They came away with lots of ideas for next year, as well as ideas for some prayer stations that they could set up during lunchtimes. Thank you to Mrs Thomas for taking them.
Delivering Christmas Cards
During one of our Mini Vinnie meetings, Ella and Isla suggested that we make Christmas cards like last year to deliver to our neighbours. Year 5 coloured and made 50 Christmas cards for our neighbours. One lunchtime, Miss Thomas and Mrs Thomas took the children to deliver the cards to our neighbours.
Designing a play park
At the beginning of term, the Mini Vinnies met with Dorset Council, who had been given £1 million to improve the play parks in Christchurch. The Mini Vinnies discussed what was important to them in a play park, before designing their own parks. The Mini Vinnies really enjoyed this opportunity to work with Dorset Council to help hundreds of children in Christchurch.