Thursday, 11 April 2019

Crafts and Team Building Fun Rounds Off Term 1

   In the weeks leading up to the end of term the St. Peter Chanel Vinnies have been busy on a variety of projects from mosaicing turtles (which are a part of a fundraising project we have underway) to contributing to the artwork needed for the visual presentation of the story of 'The Little Christmas Tree' (a resource that will be used for resthomes). To end off the term the Vinnies had the opportunity to finish off what they have been doing and get out some games - a chance to enjoy some fun and team-building before another busy term next term gets underway.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Vinnies Visit the Motueka Fire Station

   On Tuesday 26 February the St. Peter Chanel Vinnies went on a visit to the Motueka Fire Station to present the firemen with the biscuits and cards they had made. We were fortunate to be given a guided tour of the station while there and to be shown a map of the area that the Tasman District Fire covered and the amazing work that was done. Many thanks to the two firemen who showed us around


Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Supporting those who've done an amazing job of helping people in need

   After the huge amount of effort and hard work that the fire brigade in our local area have recently put in to battling the Tasman District fire - a fire that quickly grew into what has become the largest fire in New Zealand's recorded history, we decided it was a great opportunity to thank them for their efforts. The Vinnies have therefore been busy creating cards of thanks and baking biscuits which we will deliver to the Motueka Fire Station and hopefully while there learn more as to what motivates our fire fighters, many of whom do this on a voluntary basis, to help those in need. Many thanks to Nana Karen for coming to bake biscuits with us and sharing her famous biscuit recipe that the school adores.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Dyslexia Awareness Display Goes Nationwide

The Vinnies Dyslexia Awareness Display which was up at the Elma Turner Library in Nelson to coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Week during the first week of October last year has developed national interest. SPELD New Zealand are keen to use the Vinnies work to promote Dyslexia Awareness Week throughout the country. The Vinnies work that has since been donated to SPELD, a non-profit orgranisation that works with students who have specific learning disabilities has been delivered to their head office in Auckland where it will be photographed and turned into posters for this use. It's great to see our young Vinnies making such a positive difference not only locally but on a national scale as well.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Display Draws Lots of Positive Comments

   The Vinnies display of Famous People with Dyslexia which was up at the Elma Turner Library to coincide with Dyslexia Awareness Week drew lots of positive comments from a variety of people as shown below...

 “Just a quick email to say that I think your display looks fantastic and that it has been receiving a lot of interest”.

Laura Findlay
Community Programmes Librarian

   “ I popped in to the library in Nelson yesterday and saw your display. It looks wonderful. The children’s artwork, like last time, is amazing. So well done. The whole display looks fantastic. Thank you for doing it”.
Rosalind Baker
Nelson SPELD Coordinator

“Your library display looks fantastic. A wonderful effort”.
Susie Cowper
SLD Coordinator

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Dyslexia Awareness Display

From 26 September - 17 October artwork and information about famous people with dyslexia will be up on display in the children's section of the Elma Turner Library in Nelson as part of Dyslexia Awareness Week which takes place the first week of October. This display is put together as a combined effort by the St. Joseph and St. Peter Chanel Vinnies. We hope that it will raise the awareness of the wider community as to just what people with dyslexia are able to achieve given the right help and support.


Monday, 24 September 2018

Friendship Gifts

Things have once again got underway for the St. Peter Chanel Vinnies who have been taking time over the past couple of terms to buddy up with a student from the junior area of the school to assist them. Over the past couple of weeks the Vinnies have created for their buddy a bookmark each and have decorated a bag that will contain a variety of items they will have put together for their buddy by the end of the year. The Vinnies have also continued on with looking at the topic of friendship begun in term 1 and the important characteristics of being a friend to others.