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Mini Vinnies, African celebration, school’s charity walk

Latest news from schools across the Diocese of East Anglia include new Mini Vinnie groups, an African celebration and pupils joining CAFOD’s Share the Journey campaign.

Pupils from Moreton Hall Prep near Bury St Edmunds have joined in the CAFOD joins the Share the Journey campaign.

Following an assembly on the campaign, pupils walked one mile around the school field on June 13. They gathered in the chapel and prayed together using the Share the Journey prayers and then set off together. The Year 8s helped the Reception children and everyone, including staff, walked the mile giving a total of 100 miles.

Over the past year, Mini-Vinnies groups have sprung up at schools in the St John the Baptist Catholic MAT reports Fran Ludden, Head of School, St Francis of Assisi, Norwich.

And to celebrate the end of the first successful year, children from St Mary’s and St Peter’s (Gorleston), St Edmund’s (Bungay), St Benet’s (Beccles) and St Francis of Assisi (Norwich) joined the children of St Mary’s Lowestoft for a day which included a liturgy workshop, fun activities on the beach (pictured right) and Mass at the Church of Our Lady, Star of The Sea and St Nicholas, all led by the Ignite Team.

The day was organised to say a big thank-you to the children for everything they do to help those in need. They began the day singing We Are Family, they thought about the words from the Bible where Jesus says: “If you do this for the least of my brethren, you do it for me,” and they took time to reflect on seeing God in the eyes of each other and of their neighbour.

It was a really special day. For some it was their first visit to the seaside; for others, their first ride on a train; for all, a first chance to celebrate together with children from other schools.

The Mini-Vinnies will grow in strength next year, when more children will swell their numbers, and, not surprisingly, they all want to come back for another celebration at the same time next summer!”

St Benet’s & St Edmunds Catholic Schools in Beccles and Bungay have just held a Congolese Exhibition in each school celebrating the links with these schools and the St Benet’s School for Peace in the Congo. Both schools sponsor children there so that they are able to attend school.

In order to help pupils understand what life might be like in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), children spent a whole week learning about different aspects of this vast country. Working in House Groups, one class made a rainforest wall, covered in plants and animals made of paper, others made masks made from papier-mâché. The children reported to visitors how much they enjoyed their work and visitors reported that they were amazed by the depth of knowledge that the children showed. 

The exhibition, which was visited by Bishop Alan Hopes, the Mayors of Beccles and Bungay and many parents and governors, showcased art work of the wild life, masks and costumes, songs and dances of the DRC.

Chair of Governors, Helen Kirby said: “What an absolutely wonderful opportunity for the children. It was great to see the different topics explored, many of them directly linked to the curriculum.”

A total of £73 was raised through the sale of refreshments and will go directly to support St Benet’s School for Peace in the DRC. (

Pictured above is Bishop Alan at the St Edmunds exhibition with Matthew and Fi.


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