Welcome to St. Joseph’s Mini Vinnies

We are all incredibly proud to be part of our school’s Mini Vinnies group. 

Mini Vinnies visit the Little Sisters of the Poor in Headingley, by Sanuthi & Lila.

On the 1st May 2018 the Mini Vinnies went to see the Little Sisters Of The Poor.         When we arrived we met some of the Sisters and went into the beautiful chapel and sang some lovely songs such as: Here I am to Worship, Walk with me and Amazing Grace. Then we were introduced to some of the kind residents, We all brought some of our school work to show the residents and asked questions about their lives.

They gave us lovely food and made sure we were all well. After this we went into the glamorous garden to have a look around. We really enjoyed our time there and we presented them with a cheque for £854.45 following our successful fundraising.      We are also very grateful for the two beautiful paintings by Sister Mary Margaret which she gave to us for school! 

Click here to see the lovely thank you note received from the Little Sisters of the Poor.

 

 

Spring Planting with the SVP

On Tuesday 13th March, the Mini Vinnies had the absolute pleasure of meeting with the SVP (St Vincent de Paul Society) and planting some spring plants that could be taken home. Everyone enjoyed planting the pansies and violas and it was great that we could all work together and enjoy this activity. We can’t wait to see what the plants look like as Spring develops and the plants begin to flower.

 

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Carol Singing with St Joseph's SVP Society, by Niall & Logan

On Tuesday 19th December, we went to the church hall to attend the SVP community tea and coffee afternoon and carol singing. We served drinks to the friendship group and were allowed to pull Christmas crackers with members of the group. We all enjoyed ourselves. Some of the pensioners let us have the toys in the crackers. We all loved it the afternoon and are excited to visit again. We sang Christmas Carols altogether and then returned to school. We are looking forward to joining the SVP again next term.  

 

 

Advent Fun with the St Joseph's SVP Society

By George and Lila, Y6 Mini Vinnies

On Tuesday 12th December the Mini Vinnies went across to the church hall for a get together with the parish SVP group. We set the tables and listened to              'All Gold,' a choir who volunteered to sing for the afternoon. Once everybody was ready we served the parishioners a Christmas lunch.                                                  It was lovely to see them all smile!

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Vinnies– Rotary  Club Bulb Planting 31st October 2017 by Will H & Lila.    The Mini Vinnies went to the Stray last Tuesday to plant sixty bulbs. We got to meet the Mayor of  Harrogate and several other important people. Because we walked there and back it was a rather tiring afternoon! Mr Thompson and Mrs Scarisbrick took us so we would like to say a huge thank you to them. 

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   Harvest Festival Fundraising (Mini Vinnies & School Council)  October 19th 2017            A huge thank you from the Mini Vinnies and School Council for your non-perishable food donations for the Harrogate Homeless Project. We collected dry/tinned food for the charity who came to collect our harvest festival donations in Friday's celebration assembly. The charity is a house for the homeless to sleep and  eat . People pay £14 a week to stay there which helps them learn how to manage their money and pay bills. The charity also helps them find a permanent place to live. Our food donations will really help the people in need.  Thank you.

Harvest Festival Fundraising (Mini Vinnies & School Council)  October 19th 2017       

A huge thank you from the Mini Vinnies and School Council for your non-perishable food donations for the Harrogate Homeless Project. We collected dry/tinned food for the charity who came to collect our harvest festival donations in Friday's celebration assembly. The charity is a house for the homeless to sleep and  eat . People pay £14 a week to stay there which helps them learn how to manage their money and pay bills. The charity also helps them find a permanent place to live. Our food donations will really help the people in need.  Thank you.

Our new Mini Vinnies, September 2017

Photo: With Bishop Marcus

Mini Vinnies is an organisation that encourages young people to turn their concerns into action and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing since our inauguration in February 2016!

Our President this year is Thomas and our Vice President is Louis, voted for by the Mini Vinnies. 

Last year we raised money for the Little Sisters of the Poor in Leeds after two of their nuns came to talk to us about the incredible work they do to help elderly people in need. They really inspired us and we organised a pancake sale on Shrove Tuesday. Everyone at school enjoyed a delicious pancake and several parents bought some after school, helping us to raise almost £100. we will be continuing this fundraising event this year.

We also enjoyed meeting people from our parish’s Saint Vincent de Paul Society at one of their coffee ‘n chat afternoons. It was really interesting listening to how they help people in our community and they gave us lots of ideas about the little things we can all do to make a big difference. We will continue to build on our relationship with the parish SVP this year.

Watch this space for our next update on what we’ve been doing!


'Mini Vinnies' are Primary School children aged between 7 to 11 (or younger) who, with the permission of their parents and carers and the support of their Schools, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible 'Vincentians for life'.


 We were recommissioned by Bishop Marcus at St Anne's Cathedral in Leeds on Tuesday September 27th 2016. It was a beautiful Mass and we fortunate enough to meet with Bishop Marcus at the end of the service too!

We were recommissioned by Bishop Marcus at St Anne's Cathedral in Leeds on Tuesday September 27th 2016. It was a beautiful Mass and we fortunate enough to meet with Bishop Marcus at the end of the service too!

Latest news: Mini Vinnies Harvest Fundraiser (October 2016)

We supported Harrogate Homeless Project during harvest by collecting donations of non-perishable foods to help homeless people in Harrogate. We are extremely grateful for all of the food donations from our families. Your generosity demonstrated how our faith bring us all together as a local community to 'turn care into action.' Adam from the Harrogate Homeless Project really appreciated all of our donations to support their charity. The Mini Vinnies were very proud of the success in leading their first harvest fundraiser. They also had lots of fun packing the goods!

Harvest Festival Fundraising (Mini Vinnies & School Council)  October 19th 2017                A huge thank you from the Mini Vinnies and School Council for your non-perishable food donations for the Harrogate Homeless Project. We collected dry/tinned food for the charity who came to collect our harvest festival donations in Friday's celebration assembly. The charity is a house for the homeless to sleep and  eat . People pay £14 a week to stay there which helps them learn how to manage their money and pay bills. The charity also helps them find a permanent place to live. Our food donations will really help the people in need.  Thank you.

 

Harvest Festival Fundraising (Mini Vinnies & School Council)  October 19th 2017                A huge thank you from the Mini Vinnies and School Council for your non-perishable food donations for the Harrogate Homeless Project. We collected dry/tinned food for the charity who came to collect our harvest festival donations in Friday's celebration assembly. The charity is a house for the homeless to sleep and  eat . People pay £14 a week to stay there which helps them learn how to manage their money and pay bills. The charity also helps them find a permanent place to live. Our food donations will really help the people in need.  Thank you.