“Children take on a number of voluntary roles within the school, including, school councillors, sports councillors and Mini-Vinnies, enabling them to use their gifts and talents in a spirit of discipleship.” Diocesan Monitoring Visit July 2018
We are sure that many of you reading this are saying “Who on earth are the Mini Vinnies?” Well let us introduce ourselves!
We are a group of twenty two 10 & 11 year olds who are part of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The Society of St Vincent de Paul was started just over 200 years ago by Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and is a worldwide Society. It is concerned with helping the poor and needy wherever they may be.
We have a President and two Vice Presidents who we elected from our group. They lead the meeting. We also elected our Treasurer/Secretaries and two Spiritual Advisors.
We have two adults who help when needed with the co-ordination of activities: Melanie, who is the Youth Worker from St Edmund’s Parish, and our teaching assistant Mrs Himpson.
Although we are still at Primary School we feel that being a Mini Vinnie and part of the Vincentian family will provide us with an opportunity to do some good in our community and the wider world.
We do this in a number of ways: –
- First of all through prayer. Our meetings always start and finish with a prayer. We talk to Jesus each day and talk to others about him.
- Also we take a ’Pledge’ and are given a Certificate to say we are a Mini Vinnie, and we wear a badge on our school uniforms.
You can see pictures of us making our Pledge at our whole school assembly in September when Fr Phil blessed each one of us and we had to make our promises in front of our school community so that everyone in our school knows who we are and can support us in our work.
- Undertaking other activities such as going and visiting the elderly in Nursing and Residential homes is something we hope to start later this term.
- Supporting our school friends, especially trying to be a friend to those in need or in trouble.
- Through fund raising activities.
We hope this has given you some idea as to who we are.
Supporting St Edmund’s Church Lenten Project
During Lent we raised £251 from selling cakes to the parishioners after the 10:15am children’s Mass (we baked most of the cakes ourselves). We also donated an additional £70 to support Fr Phil’s 20 mile walk from Henley to Abingdon. This brings our total contribution to the Lenten projects to £321.
Dragon’s Den Caritas Project:
We were really successful with our Dragon’s Den project in June 2016 and were awarded £700 by Caritas to contribute to our Heart of Light which was lit on Tuesday 29th November 2016 at OLA Senior School. We are delighted to announce that the total Heart of Light project raised £6400. We were hoping to raise a lot of money for CAFOD but we didn’t expect to successfully raise £3200 altogether!