This term the St. Peter Chanel Vinnies have been focusing on the characteristics and virtues of being a friend to others. We have done a variety of work based around this as well as visits by guest speakers such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organisation who assist young people in this area through the mentoring programme they run as well as a visit by the Inclusive Sports Trust coming up this Thursday 12 April to coincide with the Commonwealth Games, a hot topic of interest at the moment. The topic we have been working upon, fits well with the topic the students are doing in class on resiliency. As part of the Vinnies work, the students put together a list of characteristics and virtues needed in friendship as seen below
Monday, 19 March 2018
On Thursday 15 March, the St. Peter Chanel Vinnies presented Chelsea Routhan, Director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organisation with a box of resource items including games that the Vinnies at both St. Peter Chanel and St. Paul's made last year for Big Brother Big Sister mentors to take into schools with them. Chelsea shared with us about the wonderful work that Big Brothers Big Sisters does in the community.
Thursday, 1 March 2018
Building on to our first session of the year where the St. Peter Chanel Vinnies had the opportunity of playing a number of Social Skills board games, the Vinnies spent time on Thursday 1 March thinking about how they could show a few of the different characteristics that are part of being a Vinnie. Here is what they came up with...
Different ways we could care for others...
- Write them a card
- Pray for them
- Use our manners
- Help them when they fall down
- Help them if they are stuck
- Look out for others
- Give them a smile
- Ask how they are doing
Different ways we could be kind to others...
- Ask if they want to play
- Let them join in our games
- Go out of your way to do something nice for others
- Give them a hand with something
Different ways we could be friendly towards others...
- Saying hello and asking them about their day
- Finding something in common with them
- Saying something nice to them
- Inviting them to join your game
- Being welcoming
- Helping them
- Making friends with others
As you can see some of the ways listed apply to all three sections, but what happens when we come across people who may be a little more difficult?
How we could remain calm and composed with people who may not be so easy to get along with...
- Be a peacemaker
- Walk away calmly from unpleasant situations
- Don't give in to peer pressure if they try to force you to do something you don't feel comfortable with
- Try to get along with them and see their point of view (we don't have to agree with others but its important to be respectful if their point of view is different to our own)
We will be building on to this work as the term progresses.
Sunday, 10 December 2017
A big THANK YOU to yourself and The Vinnies for making and donating the amazing Geometry book to our school.
I understand that the intention was for it to be used by our ORS students but unfortunately they are non-verbal and might damage such a special book.
Instead, we have carefully shown it to them and have decided to use the book as a special resource for the Junior classes, to help them better understand and enjoy maths/geometry.
I attach a photo of some Room 1 students enjoying the book.
Again, please accept our genuine thanks. I’m sorry to have delayed a reply but it has been super busy around here, these past few weeks!
Happy Christmas and Blessings to you and your group.
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Half of the money raised as part of the fundraising we did during Dyslexia Awareness Week in early October has already been used in providing a St. Peter Chanel student with a $250 subsidy towards their Cognitive and Educational Assessment. The family who were having to look at alternate means of being able to fund this assessment were delighted and grateful to receive assistance with this. Of course a big thanks goes out to all those who supported our fundraising efforts in being able to make this happen.
On Thursday 7 December a couple of the Vinnies took the drums created earlier in the year, along with wooden blocks a group of the Vinnies spent time sanding this term to the Motueka Early Learning Centre which is part of the Motu Weka Community Centre. The children had great fun with the drums and shaker which they quickly got out of the box to try and were soon using the wooden blocks to build with and stack one on top of the other to build towers. It was great for the Vinnies to see just how much these resources were enjoyed.
Sunday, 3 December 2017
To finish off the year, a group of the St. Peter Chanel Vinnies put together Christmas cards. These cards will go to support both a Christmas stall being run by SPELD - a non-profit organisation that assists students with specific learning disabilities as well as Christmas hampers being put together by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul that go out to families in need in the community.