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Mini Vinnies are out in force at Gorleston school

The Mini Vinnies, from St Mary and St Peter Catholic Primary in Gorleston, have been out in force this year helping their community writes Leonor, Erin and Elliot.

During the summer term, we raised money for our local hospital by creating a silver and gold coin trail around the school. We proudly raised over £80 for the children’s ward!

At the beginning of the autumn term, we invited Yarmouth and Magdalen Foodbank to talk to all pupils. We discovered the vital role foodbanks play in our community. Therefore, we decided to start a permanent foodbank in our school to help raise food for those in need.

In October, we joined other Mini Vinnies at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich to learn about St Bernadette. We had a brilliant day making new friends and creating bracelets. We then shared our learning with the whole school in an assembly.  

Later in the year, we visited two elderly care homes. We gave handmade cards to the residents and performed many Christmas songs including Jingle Bells and Away in a Manger. It was lovely to see the residents enjoying themselves and singing along. They even asked us for an encore!

Our next care home visit involved playing bingo at Lydia-Eva Court. We had a great time meeting the elderly residents and have been invited back later in the year to do some gardening.

During Lent, we created the 14 Stations of the Cross and presented an assembly to teach the whole school about each stage. Then we held weekly prayer sessions and invited other pupils to join us in reflecting on each station.

Finally, it was party time! We invited members from North Norwich SVP to visit us for a tea party to celebrate St Vincent’s birthday. We loved meeting Mrs Short and Mrs Clarke and finding out about all their activities.

We have now turned our attention to the spiritual garden within the school grounds and hope to improve the space for the all pupils to enjoy for years to come.

Pictured above are Gorleston Mini VInnies enjoying a game at a care home.

Story written by Leonor (President), Erin (Vice-president) and Elliot (Communication Officer).