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Who was St Vincent De Paul?
St.Vincent DePaul was born in France, 24th April 1581. He became a priest and dedicated himself to serving the poor.

So what is the Society of St Vincent de Paul?
The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has been engaging with young people and education since its earliest days.

The St Vincent de Paul Society helps people who are facing problems such as:
* Poverty: not enough money to pay for basic necessities.
* Hunger: some families have only one meal per day if they are lucky.
* Unemployment: sometimes parents have to go out every day and search for work.
* No home or poor quality housing: some families of 8 or more live in one room.
* No education: some families cannot pay for schooling or children cannot go to school because they need to work to help their parents feed the family.

To find out more visit www.minivinnies.org.uk

Who are our SVP Representatives?
Our Mini Vinnies are a group of children from across the key stage 1 and 2 who follow in the steps of St.Vincent in helping local charities and looking after other people in our school.

Our work in school is to promote awareness about how we can all make a difference to our school, local and global community. We are working with Mrs White and Mrs Robson to steer us towards us becomming a Rights Respecting School. We have created a new Playground Charter which is working very well. We ahave also made a decision about which charities to raise money for. Our work is shared with the whole school community on our website and on the monthly newsletter.

December 2017

Members of our Mini Vinnies worked with Mrs Manders to sell Christmas stationary from a stall. We raised £41.50; all proceeds are going to CAFOD.

Our Mini Vinnies hosted advent prayers, in our chapel, for our KS2 children.

November 2017

Our Mini Vinni’s organised the schools hampers. Thank you for everyone’s generosity!

October 2017

As it was the month of the Holy Rosary, our Mini Vinnies organised a rosary prayer group for our KS2 children. 

December 2016

Fair Trade Coffee morning and tuck shop 5th December.

Christmas Jumper Day for UNICEF.

November 2016

Mr Hamilton and the Mini Vinnies have organised for us to take part in packing Christmas shoeboxes this year. Bring just one item to help us pack some boxes in school.

October 2016

Thanks to everyone for your contributions to the harvest hampers. It was great to see everyone joining together to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Thank You!

September 2016

We organised a Macmillan coffee morning and raised over £1000. This year our coffee morning was in memory of our good friend Sue Collin.

June 2016
Our Mini Vinnie’s would like to wish everyone a wonderful, relaxing and fun filled summer.

March 2016
We would like to give a big shout out to our Mini Vinnie’s and RRS Ambassadors who have worked together to advertise, organise and promote our ‘Mission Together’ appeal. We were so touched by the overwhelming generosity of our wonderful children and parents at St Clare’s. We managed to raise an enormous £343.86 to go towards helping children in other countries who are less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you!

December 2015
A huge ‘Thank you’ to everyone who participated in our Christmas Jumper day. We managed to raise an impressive £92 for UNICEF and had lots of fun in the process!

November 2015
We have been busy planning our Christmas Jumper day which will help us to raise funds for UNICEF. We have been making posters and talking to our peers in other classes to make sure everyone knows about this very special event and to ensure people are aware of our responsibilities as a rights respecting school.

Mrs White in Reception has created a wonderful, reflective area in our entrance foyer to help us remember and celebrate those loved ones we have lost during the month of November. We have some poignant prayers displayed and a beautiful tree of remembrance, if you would like to write down the names of a loved one so we can remember them in our prayers.

We gathered together to talk about our work as global citizens supporting Mission Together in Malawi this year. We have distributed mission boxes to all of the pupils in St Clare’s to help raise funds for this cause.

September/ October:
A HUGE “thank you” from the staff and pupils on the Mini Vinnie’s team for all of your generous donations for our Harvest Appeal. We have now dropped off our harvest boxes readily to be distributed to people in our own community who are less fortunate than ourselves.

We met together as a group to discuss our roles as Mini Vinnie’s and Rights Respecting Ambassadors. We talked about which charities and special causes we would like to support this year.

The children have already begun to make posters, leaflets and announcements; rallying for support for our autumn harvest appeal which we will be starting shortly. As always, we would like to thank all of our wonderful parents and pupils for their on going support and generosity in helping those in need and recognising our responsibilities as global citizens.

Parent Information:
Learn what the Mini Vinnies are all about and what your child will be doing at their group, as well as how to keep your children safe online and some useful links in our parent zone:

June 2015

Thank you for your clothing contributions for our Starlight Bags to School. We raised £76 for school and £19 for The Starlight charity.

November 2015

We have a remembrance tree in our entrance if you would like to write the name of a loved one so we an keep them in our prayers.

October 2015

Thanks everyone for supporting our class hamper appeal. We will be gving the supplies to those less fortunate than ourselves.

September 2015

We organised a Macmillan coffee morning and raised over £600!

June 2015

Thanks for your Bags to School Contributions, we raised £76 for school and £19 for Starlight Charity!

May is the month of Mary

Please bring flowers, cut or panted in a pot to place in our garden near the statue of Our Lady. We will enjoy visiting the garden to sya the rosary this May.

May 2015

A big thanks to everyone who has joined us raising money for CAFOD this week. Our spring treasure hunt and tea and cakes was a great success.£302 was raised!

November 2014

We organised a coffee with class choirs for CAFOD on Friday 21st November. Everyone really enjoyed it. Skye and Anya presented, Jacob and Rub took photographs and everyone else made sure our families had anice cup of tea and plenty of biscuits!

October 2014

We have chosen 4 charities to support in school this year. Our global charities are UNICEF and CAFOD, our national charity is the Catholic Fellowship Trust and our local charity is Teesside Hospice. We  will be organising different events during the year to help raise funds for these charities. On Friday 17th October, within our Harvest celebration Mass, we are asking children to bring small amounts of change with them which we will collect as part of our fundraising for UNICEF. In November, we will be organising a ‘Choirs and Coffee’ morning for CAFOD, which we hope lots of our parents, grandparents and friends of St. Clare’s will be able to attend. September 2014 We organised a coffee morning for MacMillan Cancer. It was a great success and raised over £400! Thanks everyone for supporting!

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