Here at St Michael’s we are proud to say we now have our very own group of Mini Vinnies.
- President – William
- Vice President – Jasmine H
- Treasurers – Jasmine T and Tom
What are Mini Vinnies?
‘Mini Vinnies’ are children aged between 7 to 11 (or younger) who, with the permission of their parents and the support of their Schools, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible ‘Vincentians for life’.
Mini Vinnies are a younger version of The Society of St Vincent de Paul. The group is seen as having, “the potential to significantly contribute to the future of our Society.”
As Mini Vinnies, the youngsters have their own ‘treasured’ Prayer, Pledge and Badge, a dedicated website and a range of bright and colourful documents which guide them in their formative steps – helping and enabling them to become in every sense, young Vincentians – or ‘Mini Vinnies’.
Mini Vinnies Meetings
To find out what is happening in the Mini Vinnies have a look at our dedicated notice board in school and read the minutes of our meetings.
St Michael’s Mini Vinnies
St Michaels Mini Vinnies meet every other week with Miss Johnston to find ways to turn concern into action.
So far this year the Mini Vinnies have:
- introduced certificates to be presented in assembly each Monday to children displaying our Catholic Values
- took on the role of setting up the chapel each week for mass
- organised games and a raffle for the Macmillan and CLIC Sargent coffee afternoon aswell as helping at the event
- advertised and taken part in praying the rosary in the chapel during the month of October.
Plans for the rest of Autumn Term:
- advertise and sell poppy merchandise to raise money for the Poppy Appeal
- sell christmas bears to raise money for St. Cuthbert’s Hospice
- set up an area to collect used stamps to help raise funds for Macmillan and CLIC Sargent
- collect food to make hampers for our elderly parishioners
- make christmas cards to send to our elderly parishioners
Setting up for Mass
Our older Mini Vinnies have taken on the responsibility of setting up the chapel each week for mass. Eventually they will train up some of our younger Mini Vinnies to help.
Macmillan and CLIC Sargent Coffee Afternoon
Mini Vinnies helped organise a coffee afternoon in memory of Reuben. They spent time organising games and making decorations and bunting for the afternoon.
We organised a raffle and collected prizes as well as a ‘guess the name of the teddy’ and ‘guess the amount of sweets in the jar’. All of these activities were successful and Mini Vinnies raised £150.20.
Mini Vinnies enjoyed helping out at the afternoon. They welcomed parents, ran their stalls and helped to sell cakes.
Over all the afternoon raised over £800.
During the first week of November, Mini Vinnies sold poppies and friendship bracelets to raise money for the Poppy Appeal.