ST COLUMBA’S SCHOOL VINNIES
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic lay organisation inspired by the Gospels of Jesus Christ.
Vincentians work in a caring and practical manner to promote human dignity and justice through personal contact with those in need.
(Excerpts taken from: http://www.svdp.org.nz/mission-statement)
At St Columba’s
Catholic School, as in many Catholic schools, we have a youth division of the
St Vincent de Paul which we call ‘The Vinnies’.
Year 7/8 students are invited to join the Vinnies at the start of the year. They meet fortnightly, (or more often when necessary) during lunchtime, to organise up-coming events such as fundraisers or outreach activities. Historically, over the course of the year they might: organise lunchtime activities in the hall for junior students; fund-raise for Caritas with an overnight challenge; fund-raise for ‘Kidscan’ and other local causes; hold bake-sales and sausage sizzles; organise clean-ups around the school grounds; make prayer resources for classes; visit the local early childhood centre; make Christmas cards; visit rest-homes to sing Christmas carols; and take leadership/service roles at school Masses and events.
Vinnies are encouraged to realise that Vincentians help others, not just because they feel good doing this work, but because of the Gospel message to love your neighbour as yourself.