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Chaplaincy News Archive: 2019-2020

Ash Wednesday 2020

Today is Ash Wednesday and we begin a new season in the Church year.  During Lent, the Christian community promises to REPENT, PRAY, FAST and to GIVE so that we can prepare our hearts and minds for Easter when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead.  Father Emmanuel came to lead us in a special liturgy and we each received the holy ashes on our foreheads to remind us that, with God’s help and through our prayers and sacrifices, we can change our ways and become new people this Lent.

Mini Vinnies Christmas Hamper Appeal

Mini Vinnies are immensely grateful for your generosity and support towards their Christmas hamper appeal. Every class created a Christmas hamper, some classes created more than one, due to the generosity of parents. Some of the hampers were handed to WNSMK to add a little cheer to the lives of homeless people. The rest of the hampers were handed over to S.V.P members who handed them to deserving families in our community.

Mini Vinnies 2019-2020

Mini Vinnies is the children’s group of St. Vincent De Paul Society (SVP). They are a group of primary school children that get together to help those in need within the school and local community. On 29th November, the Mini Vinnies had their 2019 Commissioning Ceremony. Mr. John Scott (local S.V.P president) and Mrs. Oonagh Standen (S.V.P member) were special guests. 


Mrs Taylor–Law (Assistant Head Teacher) lit candles, as a sign for the Mini Vinnies to spread their light in the community. Miss Bhogal, Year 2 teacher, accepted paper cut out hands of the new Mini Vinnie members, on which were inscribed different reasons why they wanted to become a Mini Vinnie. Mrs Standen presented badges and Mr Scott presented certificates on making their Mini Vinnie pledge. The ceremony ended with the whole school singing a positive and energetic song, My life is in you Lord to engage our hearts and minds. 

Mini Vinnies Prayer

Lord, thank you for our gifts and talents.

Lord, show us who needs our help.

Lord, use our hands to help those who are hungry.

Lord, open our hearts to love and comfort those who are sad and lonely.

Lord, let us share our time, gifts and talents with those in need.

Lord, help us to care for the sick.

Lord, may we all help and support each other as

Mini Vinnies to build a better world.


Junior Legion of Mary

The newly formed Junior Legion of Mary group represented our school at the Diocesan Mass for Catholic Education. The focus for our prayers this month is for the missionaries who deliver God’s love to people around the world. We pray that, we too, can show love by actions each day.