St Josephs Waihi entertaining Hetherington House
St Josephs in Waihi is a small primary school and the young vinnies is held as part of their class time with 26 students eagerly taking part. The group decided that they wanted to put on an afternoon of entertainment for the elderly that live at Hetherington House.
The term was spent learning about the challenges we face as our bodies get older alongside practice sessions to perfect their performances. Performances included a dance to Boom Boom from the girls, acoustic guitar and solo performances by the boys with other groups using cups and pencil beating to make music.
After hour's entertainment the young vinnies stayed to share home baked cake and a cup of tea. The children had a chance to meet and talk to the residents. Very empowering and moving afternoon for all that were involved. The hard work the young vinnies put into practicing their individual acts paid off.
Feedback included," this is the best performance we have ever had at the house." Well done all the children in Mrs T class." You have made us really proud.
Aquinas College Juniors give back to the SPCA volunteers
The junior young vinnies meet every Tuesday lunchtime at Aquinas College ages range from 12-14 yrs.
New faces are joining every week and group has swelled to 18 members. The First project this group got involved in was to give back to SPCA volunteers who help care, clean and feed for the animals. Initially they spent several sessions learning about the SPCA and animal welfare.
The core of the project was to raise funds to buy gifts and organise a school collection scheme for donations of cat and dog food tins. They had a very successful lunchtime running a Sausage Sizzle, with drinks and zombie chews. They sold out of everything within 30 minutes.
With the money they raised the group bought some small gifts, then spent a lunchtime making biscuits and design thank you Cards. After decorating gift boxes in May the young vinnies presented 18 boxes of goodies to the Manager of SPCA. Who said "Thank you so much the volunteers will really appreciate the thought and effort that they put into the boxes" They had a great term making gift boxes for the SPCA volunteers.
Well done Aquinas College Juniors! Keep up the good work.