St Columba's Catholic Primary School

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St Columba's Catholic Primary School

Every Person is Precious to God

Chaplaincy Team

The Chaplaincy Team is a team of pupils, staff and members of the parish who work together to enhance the Catholic life of the school.


The role of the Chaplaincy Team is the following:

  • To help the school to be a community of faith.
  • To encourage the pupils to live their faith in daily living.
  • To develop good relationships within and beyond the school community.
  • To support Liturgy, prayer and the spiritual life of the school.
  • To continue to develop strong links with the Parish.
  • To support the school in its Mission Statement as well as revisit the Mission with all stakeholders.


The Chaplaincy Team:

  • Help to prepare ‘Saints Day’ celebrations.
  • Suggest ideas for RE resources.
  • Help to lead assemblies.
  • Work with other Chaplaincy Teams within the Trust.
  • Promote bible stories by reading them at playtime.
  • Maintain our Prayer Garden.
  • Work for charity and social justice causes.
  • Lead voluntary prayers at playtime.
  • Work to achieve the Live Simply Award.
  • Monitor and evaluate the Catholic Life, RE and Collective Worship of the school and contribute to the planning of events.


The Mini Vinnies

The Mini Vinnies are a part of our chaplaincy team. They seek to serve others who are in need or in hardship. Our children are some of the youngest members of the SVP Society and aim to continue the work of St Vincent De Paul. This year, 16 of our children attended the commissioning ceremony by Bishop Marcus, where the children made the Mini Vinnie promise. 

Over the next year, they will:

  • Use their gifts and talents to serve others
  • Strengthen their friendship with Jesus
  • Care for others and God’s creation
  • Treat others the way they wish to be treated.

Mini Vinnie Projects:

Harvest Hampers

Our first project this year was the 'Harvest Hampers'.  We encouraged pupils and staff to bring in donations and supported classes in creating their hampers. They were then sent to the Franciscan Friars' soup kitchen in Bradford where they were overwhelmed with our efforts.

Samaritans Shoebox Appeal

Our next project was the Samaritans Shoebox Appeal. We planned and delivered an assembly to introduce what the project was about to the children. We delivered all the resources needed for the children to create their shoeboxes and advertised the drop off deadline around school so nobody could forget! We then collected the shoeboxes and sent them to the collection point ready to be sent around the world. We can't wait to find out where they ended up!

Advent Voluntary Prayers

During the season of Advent, our Mini Vinnies took it in turns to lead voluntary Advent prayers during break times. Children from every class were invited to spend a moment of reflection; listening to a Bible reading and prayers for the day.   

School Logo Mosaic

The Mini Vinnies helped to decide the theme of this year's Arts Week which was 'Laudato Si; Caring for our Common Home'. Each class was given a principle of Laudato Si to base a piece of artwork on. The Mini Vinnies wanted to complete project of their own, as well as their class project. They decided to focus their project on living sustainably and so during the Christmas holidays they collected all kinds of recyclable resources and asked their peers to do the same. Then during Arts Week they created a mosaic of our school badge using only the recycled materials that they had collected to raise awareness for the importance of recycling our waste.