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St Vincent de Paul College Conference Day

Amelie Nikolovski, Amanda Marasco, Ruby Flynn, Isabella Biviano, Harriette La Motte and Isabella Boussioutas attended the St Vincent de Paul College Conference Day at Abbotsford Convent on 2 May.  The conference is designed to bring together students from around Victoria.  The girls were inspired to learn about the range of work that Vinnies does in the community.  Beyond the op shops known to many of us are home visits, homework help, soup vans and kids camps.  All of these services aim to work alongside those in need in our community and to work to ensure the dignity of each individual is preserved through acts of Service.  The girls learnt about the philosophy which drives Vinnies, a 'hand up, not a hand out' and considered how they can work within the College to live out this philosophy and continue doing the 'good works' of Vinnies.  

This term, another group of senior students will head out on 5 June to take part in the Vinnies Street Retreat.  This is an opportunity for our students to see the work the Soup Van does each night in North Melbourne and to meet with some of the people Vinnies serves on a daily basis.  As the weather is getting colder, we would like to provide additional warm clothing and blankets to those sleeping rough.  Donations of scarves, beanies, socks, gloves, and blankets in addition to toiletry items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner will be most gratefully received.  Students can leave donations in Mrs. Ilott’s office.    

Students wishing to be more actually involved in Vinnies can join the student volunteers who work in collaboration with St Dominic’s Parishioners to make sandwiches for the Vinnies Soup Van.  Volunteers meet on a fortnightly basis at 7:45am on a Tuesday morning and fulfil one hour of Service before heading to school in time for Period 1.  The girls enjoy the camaraderie of working together as a Siena team of mixed aged volunteers and develop an appreciation that the gift of their time will make to another person that night.  Students should see Mrs Ilott if they would like more information about this opportunity for Service.  




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