On Friday 9th August STC got cold for a cause, participating in a Winter Sleepout with the aim of raising awareness and funds for homelessness. The evening began at 6:15pm with a prayer from Father Maurice and an introduction led by Miss Smith and Mikayla, our reliable Mini Vinnies leader. The students and their parents then engaged in a range of activities aiming to build empathy for those experiencing homelessness. These activities were created by our Mini Vinnies students in our weekly Mini Vinnies lunchtime meetings on Thursday's.
After the activities concluded, Mrs Knapp drove the Vinnies van onto the main playground to serve hot chocolate. After a quick photo op, the students and their families moved back inside to listen to two guest speakers from Vinnies. The knowledge and experiences they shared were insightful and really helped to make the evening more authentic.
After this, it was time to 'sleep out' - the students (and the parents who were brave enough!) grabbed a piece of cardboard and braved the freezing temperatures outside, laying on the main playground. It was moving to see the students wishing to make the experience authentic, laying on their own and trying to stay warm by curling up into a ball.
After this down time, the students and their parents were served soup and sandwiches, donated by Jo from the canteen and our St Christopher's staff. Miss Smith and I then engaged the group in a reflection and prayer before the evening concluded.
Although only roughly 35 students attended the evening, it was incredible to see the empathy the students began building for those less fortunate, sleeping rough in especially cold conditions. A huge thank you to everyone that assisted on, and in the lead up of the night - Miss Smith, Mikayla and Gab (our Mini Vinnies leaders), the Mini Vinnies team, our St Christopher's staff, Mrs Knapp, Jo from the canteen and Father Maurice. The night could not have been successful without you!