Mini Vinnies is a thriving social justice group that follows the motto ‘See, Think, Do’. It is a primary school program connected with the St Vincent de Paul society. For many years Good Shepherd Mini Vinnies has held the record for the biggest Mini Vinnies in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn and possibly Australia.
As a Catholic school we follow Jesus and are called to make him real in the world today. We are also inspired by Archbishops Christopher Prowse’s call that ‘All the CHURCH, proclaims all the GOSPEL, to all the PEOPLE, all the TIME’ (September 2014). Inspired by Archbishop Christopher’s words, Good Shepherd now runs a school-wide Mini Vinnies program where each year level has a different focus.
Kindergarten classes visit the elderly in our Canberra community.
Year 1 classes pack toiletries and donate them to the Night Patrol van who take these packs to those sleeping rough in Canberra.
Year 2 classes learn about the volunteers that make up the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Year 3 classes collect food from classes that donate food to the Vinnies Food Pantry.
Year 4 classes tend the garden and any produce is donated to the Blue Door to create meals for homeless people.
Year 5 classes learn about refugees and migrants and invite those in our school community to come and share their stories and experiences.
Year 6 classes lead the school and encourage participation in our Mini Vinnies whole school events.
Good Shepherd staff donate toiletries for the Year 1 classes to pack.
Our annual Mini Vinnies whole-school events continue to raise awareness and donations for those in Canberra doing it tough.
Winter Woollies (Term 2)
Students donate clothing and money to donate to the Night Patrol van. These donations go to those in Canberra sleeping rough to help them stay warm during those cold nights. Students come to school in their own Winter Woollies.
Mini Vinnies Sleep out (Term 3)
During Term 3, students in Year 4, 5 & 6 are given the opportunity to sleep in the hall overnight to gain an experience of sleeping rough. Students look for sponsors to help them raise money that is donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society Night Patrol.
Christmas hampers (Term 4)
Each class creates a Christmas hamper to be donated to a family in the Gungahlin area at Christmas time. Each student is allocated an item to buy an bring in to add to the hamper. These are offered at our end of year Thanksgiving Mass.
More information will be sent home as these events draw nearer.
The St Vincent de Paul Society have many volunteers including parents and staff at Good Shepherd. If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer, visit this website.