The Marist Pillar of ‘Support for individuals and families in need’ is clearly reflected by the work of the Young Vinnies. When working for the Young Vinnies, our students are living out their faith in very useful ways involving fundraising and projects that provide practical support for people in need.
The Young Vinnies look to help people in our communities and worldwide, who are in genuine need. The help offered is not limited to any one thing - any type of practical help will be considered. Our work is financed through fundraising activities and donations.
Meeting weekly, the group is largely managed by the students who are assisted by two teachers. Membership is open to any students who wishes to join. Regular events, where groups from other schools meet to participate in liturgies and to exchange ideas, are coordinated by the Diocese Youth Worker and a conference is held annually.
At Sacred Heart we aim to distribute all money raised by the end of the year so it goes where it is needed. The Young Vinnies work quietly and do not publicise their good work.
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Sacred Heart College is now offering participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award.
If your son is interested in doing this award, please print and fill in the registration form (see below), and send it to school with payment of $38. Your son will then receive a record book and other documentation, ready to start.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh that has since expanded to 140 other countries. The awards were designed to encourage and motivate young people over the age of 14 to become involved in a balanced programme of voluntary self‑development activities. The awards take between one to four years to complete, and they must be completed by the participant's 25th birthday. The programmes are at three progressive levels which, if successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
There are four Sections that need to be completed at each level (with an extra requirement at Gold level). As participants move through the levels a higher degree of commitment is required, but particpants can choose their own activities for each Section and complete the requirements with things that enjoy doing. The sections are:
- Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
- Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
- Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
- Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad.
- At Gold level, participants must do an additional fifth Residential section, which involves staying and working away from home for five days, doing a shared activity.
For further information please email Miss Susan Brunton, Teacher-in-Charge at Sacred Heart College
Or visit the Duke of Edinburgh's Award website at: http://www.dofehillary.org.nz.
Download the registration form here