We were delighted to have had a return visit from Michael Wilcox this week. He talked to the whole school about the important work the Society of St Vincent de Paul do and how with our continued efforts as Mini Vinnies, we are making a big difference to lots of people in lots of different ways. It reinvigorated us all and we are committed to keeping up the good work we do in school.
Below is some information about the Society and what it does:
The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days. Today the SVP England & Wales is pleased to highlight its continuing strong links with young people, through the development of its new ‘Mini Vinnies’ programme – a ground-breaking Primary Schools initiative, based on good work done in Australia, piloted in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, and which is seen as having, “the potential to significantly contribute to the future of our Society.”
‘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’.
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’.
During November we are remembering and praying for all those who have died,
especially members of our own families and friends.
On and around 11th November, Armistice Day,
we pray for those who have lost their lives through war and
we pray for peace in our troubled world.
God our Father,
We remember those who have died as a result of war or conflict, soldiers and civilians.
We give thanks for their lives and acknowledge their sacrifice.
We ask that the peace of Christ will end all violence and that all may live together in harmony.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
We will remember them
During the centenary of his birth this year, we are remembering Blessed Oscar Romero. In his last sermon he tried to end the fighting in his country when he asked the soldiers to stop killing of the people of El Salvador. We pray that his words and actions continue to inspire us to be peacemakers through our actions, thoughts and prayers. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
Have a look below at a little gallery of photos taken from the heartwarming liturgy performed this morning by our Reception Class, a video is available on our Facebook Page.
Following on from our Judaism day on Thursday 2nd November 2017, Class 5 prepared and practiced a heartwarming assembly and school liturgy around the topic of the Jewish holiday of ‘Yom Kippur’, which is the holiest day of the year with it’s central themes being atonement and repentance, the day is usually celebrated with a fast lasting 25 hours! this year Yom Kippur was celebrated on Friday 29th September 2017.
After the liturgy the weekly awards were given out, we had the following awards to hand out!
- Ben (Reception) – Amazing Phonics
- Lilly (Class 1) – Brilliant Maths
- Henry (Class 2) Working hard during Judaism day
- Erin (Class 3) – Excellent Maths
- Whole Class (Year 4) – Good work during Judaism day
- Jonie R (Class 5) – Great work in History
Sean W (Class 3) received a special award from his Judo Class, he was awarded ‘Player of the Week! Congratulations!
Our Year 5 and 6 children visited ‘Our Lady and St Cuthberts’ on the 3rd November 2017. The children attended Mass and even got the opportunity to interview Fr Michael about his role as a Parish Priest as well as what it entails to be a Priest. The children loved it asked so many great questions! This is really going to help them in their current RE topic! Look at the cheery faces in the ‘mini-gallery’ below. Lucy, Matthew and Fintan even helped out in the morning Mass!
Over the past few months our Mini Vinnies have been helping raise awareness and collect donations for the wonderful cause, of Mary’s Meals. This charity works to ensure that all children, regardless of country or school will always have at least one healthy nutricious meal every day at school. What a great cause to stand behind.
Have a look below and see the process of them sorting their donations toward the cause!