Mini Vinnies

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."

As Mini Vinnies, the pupils 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'.

Every child at St. Vincent’s is regarded as ‘Mini Vinnie’ and from Year 3 to Year 6, three representatives from each class have been chosen. These representatives will work to guide the school in looking after members within our school community, fundraising for those less fortunate and in reaching out to the wider community. Whilst the organisation will be guided by members of staff, it will be run by the children. Three Year 6 representatives have already been appointed as President, Treasurer and Secretary.

The children have big ideas for what ‘Mini Vinnies’ will mean for the school and the wider community. They are ready to use this as an opportunity to live up to the school mission statement and let their light shine!

“Mini Vinnies can be role-models to younger children in the school”

- Ellie in Year 5

“It is exciting to represent our school in this way”

- Anna in Year 6

I am proud to be a part of Mini Vinnies. I think we will take part in many charitable events”

- Filip in Year 4

The Mini Vinnies at St. Vincent's have led some exciting projects over the last year. You can read about some of these and see photographs below:

St George's Day Tea Party

The Mini Vinnies invited members of SVP to our school for a Tea Party. They gave a presentation to their guests about everything they have been doing since the start of the year, the fund raising events they have held, the church services they have been a part of and how they are helping the school to celebrate the Year of Mercy. The choir were on hand to perform a range of songs for our visitors. The Mini Vinnies then provided their guests with tea, coffee and a selection of biscuits and scones. The Mini Vinnies enjoyed getting to know members of the SVP from Holy Angels and St Vincent's. The visitors were very impressed by their hard work, good manners, obvious enthusiasm and beautiful singing. The children happily engaged in conversation with SVP members and were keen to find out if there was anything more that they could be doing to help out in the Parish. 

Visits to local Care Home

Many of the children at St. Vincent's have beautiful singing voices. We decided that it would be a great idea to share them with people in our local community and spent time singing and chatting to residents at a Care Home near to our school. Another visit is planned for the Spring - this time to play dominos and chess!

Cornerstone Shoebox appeal

Cornerstone is a homeless shelter in Manchester. We decided to work together to support a Christmas appeal focused on filling shoeboxes with essential items such as toothbrushes, handwash, socks and gloves. During advent, we encouraged classmates to buy one of these items with their pocket money. Just before Christmas we managed to fill over 30 shoeboxes to take to the people at Cornerstone. 

Our current projects

Fairtrade fortnight

During March we have been leading a "Fairtrade fortnight" campaign across the school; building awareness about Fairtrade issues like better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. The whole school, along with members of the parish SVP will be enjoying Fairtrade breaktime together to sample how good the products taste.

Easter knit a chick

We have been knitting Easter chicks to sell in order to raise funds for Francis House Children's Hospice. This has been a great way to get both parents and grandparents involved in knitting for a worthy cause. The chicks are steadily multiplying and the family are now a rainbow of colours! Watch out for the chicks on sale after 10am Mass at St. Vincent's and Holy Angels, as well as at our school Easter "Eggstravaganza".

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8EY
Headteacher: Mrs A Harrop

Tel: 0161 911 8040
admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

Testimonials

We couldn’t be happier with St Vincent’s, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
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The school ethos gives the children excellent opportunities to develop their spirituality and knowledge of their faith. - Parent Survey
It is a really friendly school, I have been made to feel very welcome. - Parent Survey
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