A project aiming to help children become better people is proving a success at a North Shields school.
St Cuthbert’s Primary School is taking part in a ‘Mini Vinnies’ programme – a ground breaking initiative launched in Australia and piloted in the Diocese of Shrewsbury.
It aims to encourage children aged eight to 11, with permission from their parents, to embark on their first steps to become ‘Vicentians for life’.
At St Cuthbert’s, they have been spearheading the project with Year 5 pupils who have become ‘nursery nurturers’ – giving up their own time to support nursery children at the school.
And assistant headteacher Kerry Cottiss has said it has had a very positive impact on the youngsters.
On Monday, the school’s Mini Vinnies were commissioned by Michael Wilcox and Bill Lawson, giving them their own ‘treasured’ prayer, pledge and badge as well as access to a dedicated website and a range of colourful documents to help give them more information about what it takes to become a young Vinicentian.
Mrs Cottiss added it was part of the school’s pledge to be part of the community, which includes trips to residential homes to play bingo.