Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Vinnies visit STEAMS School

   On Thursday 21 November, the Garin Vinnies went on a visit to the STEAMS school to see the programme that the school offers Gifted and Talented children, children with Dyslexia and Twice-exceptional learners. We visited the senior STEAMERS who have spent the term learning about rockets and the Junior STEAMERS who are learning about how things change over time. We were also given a quick talk by Amy Cornelisen, Ministry of Inspiration Co-Founder and Educational Coordinator in regard to mummified chickens, an example of which the Vinnies got to hold.

   Thank you STEAMS school for hosting us.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Vincentian New Recruit Packs

   After the St. Vincent de Paul meeting last term which included Vincentian conferences from Marlborough and Nelson and youth representatives from the local area discussing ways of rejuvenating the Society, the Garin College Vinnies have set to work creating information packs for new recruits. These packs contain a booklet with information such as the meaning of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul logo, the Society's Mission Statement and important people in the Society such as St. Vincent de Paul himself, Blessed Frederic Ozanam as well as Fr Chataigner and Charles O'Neill. They also contain a card made by a Garin Vinnie which Presidents can write in welcoming new recruits to the conference and a sweet - as all Vincentians can tell you, lots of energy is needed in carrying out this work and the sweet is a small token gesture in providing just a little of the energy needed. We hope our packs will provide new recruits with a good foundation in knowing more as to what the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is all about. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

First of the Dyslexia Awareness Displays Goes Up

   The first of the Dyslexia Awareness displays went up at the Elma Turner library yesterday showcasing artwork and written pieces by the Garin College Vinnies alongside work done by students with specific learning disabilities throughout the region. This is a great opportunity to learn more from a first-hand perspective. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Vinnies Empowered to Share their Stories as Part of Dyslexia Awareness Week

   From the 7th to the 13th October is Dyslexia Awareness Week an international event that furthers understanding and awareness about dyslexia; what it is, what it means to those who have it and what can be done to support people who have dyslexia. This year the Garin College Vinnies - three of whom have dyslexia and another one who benefits from the one-to-one tuition offered by SLD Nelson were able to share their work of what it is like to experience this. Their stories and artwork will be going on display alongside contributions by other students who have dyslexia and specific learning difficulties from around the region. The displays will be held at the Elma Turner Library in Nelson from the 26 - September to the 15 October and at the Tasman District Library from the 7th October to the 21st October to tie in with Dyslexia Awareness Week. This event is an opportunity  to empower the voices of students in the community and through this heighten public understanding. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Memory Candles Completed

   The Garin Vinnies have now completed the Memory Candles created for World Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day that takes place each year on October 15. The Memory Candles will be given to families who have lost a child and will be lit as part of  the 'Wave of Light' - Wave of Light is an opportunity to join with bereaved parents, families and friends around the globe to commemorate all babies who sadly died too soon. ... To join the global 'Wave of Light',  people are asked to simply light a candle at 7pm local time on 15 October and leave it burning for at least one hour. At a time where abortion and the rights of people to choose this action is being hotly debated in Parliament, this was an opportunity to reflect on the grief that comes with losing a child and provide support to an amazing organisation that caters for families who have experienced loss. 

Monday, July 1, 2019

Vinnies Have The Society of St. Vincent de Paul International Youth Day in the Bag

   On Thursday 4 July, young people from around the world will be celebrating International Youth Day with 2019's theme being, 'Young Vincentians caring for the environment! Caring today to generate sustainability and ensure tomorrow'. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul recognises that caring for the environment and seeking sustainable practices are new ways of practicing charity because it focuses on the common good. With plastic bags being banned in New Zealand from Monday 1 July, the Garin Vinnies along with the St. Paul's Vinnies are creating material bags during the week Youth Day is being held in that can be used instead of plastic bags when people purchase items from the St. Vincent de Paul Centre. These bags are created from upcycled and repurposed t.shirts and by creating these bags the Vinnies are helping to do something positive for our planet as part of the theme for International Youth Day 2019.