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.
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!
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.
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.
Our Mini Vinnies delivered a whole school assembly to teach everyone a little something about how we can help others this Harvest time.
We said thank you to God for all of the crops and food that has grown and been collected in by the farmers and we also remember those people, both in our local community and those who live far away from us who will not have such a good harvest of food.
The Mini Vinnies explained that in many parts of Newcastle there are people who do not have enough food to feed themselves or their children because they do not have the money to buy the food.
Having basic things in life, like clean water and enough food to eat helps us to be the best person we can be and live life to the full.
“I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10
They explained that everyone can come to our ‘Brighten Up The Harvest’ day in school wearing their brightest colours to make everyone shine and remind us all of the real meaning behind the Harvest Festival!
They ended their assembly with a fantastic rendition of George Ezra’s ‘Harvest song’. Even Father Bill was up on his feet dancing!
Our 2018 – 2019 Mini Vinnies have embarked on their first steps as ‘Vincentians’.
Mini Vinnies’ at St Charles’ get together, organise and talk about helping others in need within their school community and beyond.
What makes Mini Vinnies such a valuable experience for the children who are part of it, is the change it makes in school communities.
Please continue to follow the Mini Vinnies on their journey and don’t forget to leave a comment.