Year 6 Mini Vinnies Visit

​​Homelessness can affect anyone—from single young people to families with children. A staggering 20,000 people in Queensland are experiencing homelessness—this is 1 in every 200 Queenslanders (source, Australian Bureau of Statistics). It can mean people who are sleeping rough, as well as people who are staying in temporary, unstable or substandard accommodation. The reasons for homelessness are varied and complex—including mental illness, domestic violence, relationship breakdowns, debt, substance abuse, housing affordability. 

As part of Religious Education, students in Year 6 are bringing awareness to the local school community about this issue. Last week, our Yr 6 students received a visit from Mini Vinnies. Mini Vinnies empowers primary school students to become advocates within their school and local community by putting their values into action. They discuss regularly to learn about social justice issues, develop leadership skills and engage with the wider St Vincent de Paul Society.

The Mini Vinnies model of “See, Think, Do” has been a great way to get our students thinking and talking about their spirituality and to connect their faith with issues affecting their community through volunteering, advocacy and fundraising. This week, our Yr 6 students provided a thought provoking demonstration of homelessness during the lunch break. This really got the school community talking! The school leaders then presented their learning about the issue of homelessness to each class. They are also fundraising for, Street Swags, an organisation that supports homeless youths. Congratulations Yr 6 for bringing awareness to such an issue within our local and broader community. 

“Charity is the cement that binds communities to God and persons to one another”. St Vincent de Paul