St Kentigern's

R.C Primary School

We are proud to have established a 'Mini Vinnies' group at St Kentigern's! 
This group is made up of children from KS2 who work together on making lives better for the school, the parish and the world community. Mini Vinnies has been developed from the Society of St Vincent De Paul and has a mission to  "turn concern into action".  As a group we see who needs help in the world, think about how we can help and then do something about it. 
We meet after school once a week to plan together on how we can reach out to the people in need in our community! 
Autumn Term 
This year,  to begin our Mini Vinnie group,  needed to select  new members for our school. In order to to so,  a range of children applied to be members of Mini Vinnies through an application process  where they wrote a letter expressing how they wish to help in the community.  As a result, children where appointed as Mini Vinnies for the rest of their time at St Kentigern's. 
After the appointment of our new Mini Vinnie members we  started great work on turning our concern into action.
During September, our  Mini Vinnies , helped out with our Macmillan Cake Sale at school, helping to  raise awareness of what we are doing as a school to raise money for cancer support and too helped to sell cakes during our coffee morning. 
In October, the members of the group worked collaboratively  with our Rights Respecting Team to create  travelling rosary bags for each class to remember Mary during this month. 
Following on this term, members of our group represented our school  by attending a ' Hope in the Future' event where they gathered with other schools to praise and worship, share ideas , listen to inspiring speakers and reflect on how they can be ' Ambassadors for  Christ' in our school and wider community. 
During Autumn 2, the Mini Vinnies worked closely with the Rights Respecting Team during our weekly Monday meetings to create presentations about our Advent Campaign ' Kindess at Christmas'.  During this the children then shared their campagin with their friends in class and helped identify the acts of kindess they had seen which made it to our weekly newsletter. 
Furthermore, during advent the children created Christmas cards which Father Michael then delivered to those parishioners who were unable to attend church. 
Spring Term 
As we have now entered a new term in school the Mini Vinnies have been working  hard on sharing ideas for Lent.  When we meet together the children have suggested completing an Easter poster competition for all children in the school based on the theme ' The true meaning of Easter'. They have made information posters to be shared on their class seesaw pages and we look forward to seeing the enteries submitted over the season of Lent. 
As children in year 3 are preparing for the sacrament of First Holy Communion, the Mini Vinnies Team suggested making a celebration card for them as they begin preparing for the next sacrament in their journey. 

As you can see, our Mini Vinnies group has been working hard at living out  our school scripture  to "let all that you do , be done in love" (1 Corinthians 16:14)