Merry ‘Mini Vinnie’ Christmas!

Merry Vinnie Christmas

We have a fantastic group of children in Mini Vinnies this academic year who are striving to make a difference in our school, our local community and around the world.

Our Mini Vinnies have worked so very hard this Autumn Term and have raised so much money for charities locally and globally.

They cannot wait to continue their good work and turn their concern into action in 2019!

Mini Vinnie Merry Christmas


Poppy Place

Throughout November the Mini Vinnies have held a lunchtime prayer and spiritual art club named, ‘The Poppy Place’. During this time, children from all classes were welcomed into the lunch club to spend some time reflecting on those who lost their lives for us and those who are still serving. The children spent the time writing poppy prayers, armistice mindfulness colouring and using arts and D&T skills to make poppies.

Our new House Groups also met together and each group explored the meaning of the poppies through art.

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Poppies make a very good symbol for remembrance for many reasons. They were the only flower that grew easily on the battlefields after World War One. They’re very delicate flowers too, that only live for a short time, which is rather like the young men killed in battle.

The colour is important too – what does the bright red remind you of?

Can you see why some people might think that fields of poppies look like fields of blood?

All of the wonderful poppies made have been collaborated to create a Poppy Display in school.

WOW! What a fantastic fundraising effort!

We are delighted to share that Mrs Siou has counted all the coins and we raised a staggering £445 for Children in Need!

Thank you all ever so much … a fantastic charity event and a brilliant effort from all of our children and families.

The whole school enjoyed the non-uniform day, the Mini Vinnie cake sale was very popular and the Bake Off was great fun.

All children who participated in the Bake Off received a medal for their delicious cakes and the wonderful effort they put into baking them. There was an overall winner chosen from each phase: Early Years (Nurs/Rec), Key Stage One (Y1/Y2), Lower Key Stage Two (Y3/Y4) and Upper Key Stage Two (Y5/Y6).

Those talented bakers received a trophy and a new reading book.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the day so memorable and for the money raised for Children in Need.


Children in Need!

Wow … what a tremendous day! The Mini Vinnies launched a Children In Need non-uniform day today and they held a cake sale on the yard. They also held a ‘St Charles’ Bake Off! We were thrilled with so many entries from Reception class through to Year 6 and the cakes that the children baked were incredible.

Everyone looked fantastic in their spotty outfits!

Our panel of judges tasted the cakes and Mrs Nealings crowned four winners – one from Early Years, Year 1/2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6.


The teachers even held their own Bake Off …. Miss Bell won!


We raised lots of money for Children in Need and raised awareness about those in the wider community that need a little help. Once Mrs Siou has tallied all of the money up we will let you know how much was raised for such a good cause.

Thank you to all of our families for your kind and very generous donations today.

Trinity Church

Some of our Mini Vinnies were invited to Trinity Church on Gosforth High Street to visit their WW1 Festival of Remembrance.

It was a truly spectacular display. We were even lucky enough to have our own personal guide – Joan Kirk walked the children around each of the displays and told the children war time stories and explained what life would have been like for children living during the war.

A huge thank you to Joan and all of the volunteers who worked so hard to create such a magnificent tribute. Our children had an amazing time!


Mini Vinnie Enrolment

All 40 of our new Mini Vinnies celebrated their enrolment with a welcoming ceremony. We were honoured to welcome Michael Willcock, our local Young Vincentians Development Officer.


Michael presented our new Presidents, Annie and Maria and our new Vice President, Cheluchi along with all of the other Mini Vinnies with their badge and certificate.

Following an introduction into the work of the Mini Vinnies and the Gospel reading,  the children all shared Mini Vinnie Pledge, the Mini Vinnie Prayer and Mini Vinnie song.

Turning concern into action

Some of our Mini Vinnies met with two volunteers from the Peoples Kitchen in Newcastle to donate all of the food our families have kindly donated during this Harvest time.


The volunteers were overwhelmed by the generous donations from our families – we are so very grateful to all of you!

Our Mini Vinnies even helped to pack the food which was then taken to the Peoples Kitchen and used to cook hot meals for those who are homeless in and around Newcastle.