SMSP Mini Vinnies
St Mary’s and St Peter’s has become a Mini-Vinnie school. Mini-Vinnie groups are set up in Catholic primary schools, and carry out good deeds in helping the needy within school, the local community and the wider world. Mini Vinnies follow the pattern of see-think-do. They see who needs help in the world, think about how they can help and then do something about it. Our mission is to turn concern into action.
We are the St Mary and St Peter School Mini Vinnies. We meet once a week on a Tuesday Lunchtime. During our meeting we listen to a short bible reading, pray and think of ways to help others. We have made and sent cards to the local hospital. Run a lucky dip at the Christmas Fair. Our latest project is to work with the rest of the school community to raise money, by collecting our copper coins, to fund some toiletry packs for to support a local charity who helps homeless people.
CAFOD Brighten up for Harvest Fundraising
We helped to organise the Harvest Mass and the Brighten up for Harvest CAFOD appeal as a result we raised £233.93 for CAFOD. On Friday 12th October Clare from CAFOD came to collect our cheque and we lead the assembly where she talked about the work that our money will help support.
Mini Vinnies CMAT Retreat
On Monday the 9th of July St Mary and St Peter Mini Vinnies traveled to Lowestoft to join other Mini Vinnies from our Catholic Multi Academy Trust to share a Retreat for the day. We were joined by the Ignite team and Father Luke. We started the morning thinking about our mission as Mini Vinnies and had a short time of Worship. We then made our way down to the beach. We were given the task of building a sand Cathedral. We were all mixed up so that we got the chance to work with children from the other school. After lunch, we had some free time before a short walk to St Nicholas Church for a contemplative Mass. Here are a few Photos of the day.
Lenten Fundraising for homeless March 2018
We identified that homelessness is a real problem locally and that children in our school wanted to do something to help. The Mini Vinnies researched possible ways of helping and then we launched the project with the school. Mini Vinnies have been weighing the coins that each class have collected to see which class has the heaviest collection! Here are the results
Lent coin collection –Final weigh in!
Year 1 4513g
Year 2 5630g
Year 3 11853g
Year 4 27159g
Year 5 3476g
Year 6 8208g
Total weight of coins 65571g or 65.571kg
Thank you to everyone who helped collect such a large amount of coins.
We had a special assembly when Dr Jan Sheldon explained to us some of the work that her charity https://stmartinshousing.org.uk/ are engaged in. Mini Vinnies introduced the assembly and shared with Dr Jan Sheldon the fundraising that we had been doing.
Click on the links below to find out more about Mini Vinnies and the St Vincent de Paul society