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Mini-Vinnies - Turning Concern into Action

The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days.  'Mini Vinnies' are children aged between 7 to 11 who, with the permission of their parents and the support of their Schools, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible 'Vincentians for life'.  

Our group meet at least once a half term with Mrs Holmes.  Have a look at our current projects below!

Bun Sale for South Asia Floods Appeal

We held a bun sale on Friday 21st September and were pleased to raise £180!

More than 40 million people across South Asia have been affected by relentless flooding. An estimated 1,200 lives have been lost, while survivors’ homes and livelihoods have been destroyed.

Two months of persistent monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. These are the worst floods to hit South Asia for years.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated from the worst hit areas and are living in temporary shelters.

Shoebox Appeal

We are supporting the Samaritans Operation Christmas Child Appeal in school.  Families can fill a box with gifts and they will be distributed around the world.  It is a simple way for families to reach out generously to children with the joy of a simple gift.

More information can be found at the link below.  Families can also choose to donate online to send a pre-packed box without the shopping.

Operation Christmas Child

Donating Uniform

We had a huge amount of uniform donated by families and the Mini Vinnies helped to sort through it all so it could be given to the right families.

We organised it by age and size and arranged a a stall in the hall for parents to take from during the FOS Coffee Afternoon.

We also took the spare donations to the Kirklees Uniform Exchange so that it could be given to the children who need it the most. 

Sponsor a Poppy

We are developing a new Prayer Garden in school and would like to raise funds for a statue to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.

We will be offering families the opportunity to 'dedicate' one of our poppies to a loved one, to write a message or leave a prayer for a small donation.  These poppies will replace our current poppy display at the front of the school.

There are 59 past pupils of St Patrick's Catholic Primary School who are known to have served and died in the First World War and we would like to install this staute to remember them. 


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