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St. Pius X High School

St Vincent de Paul


The St Pius X Vinnies Group (Young St Vincent de Paul Group) has been operating in the school for many years – since the time of Sr Marie Therese Fahey.
The Group meets regularly and raises money for the Fred Hollows Foundation, Gemma Sisia’s School of St Jude in Tanzania, Mary McKillop East Timor Foundation and helps needy people in Africa, Asia and Australia. It has also raised money to help other needy people.
The Group regularly visits the St John’s Nursing Home at New Lambton – see photos in the Gallery (under News & Events).
It also visits young people at the Orthopaedic School at Waratah. In 2010 when the Group visited the Waratah Orthopaedic school some of our students sang songs for the young people there.
The Group also visited the YWAM (Youth With A Mission) ship in 2010 when it docked in Newcastle. It is a ship which travels to needy countries in the world to help residents who have medical problems. It is staffed by Doctors and Nurses who are all volunteers.
In 2010 we also had a visit from Connor Ashleigh who is a photographer and human rights advocate who visits the poorest countries in the world to raise people’s awareness of Human Rights issues.
The Vinnies Group also visited an Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Newcastle last year and listened to a talk by indigenous leaders about the Aboriginal Culture and food of the area and the students shared in a bush tucker meal.
The Vinnies group also meets with other Vinnies groups from the Diocese at least once a year usually at St Francis Xavier’s College at Hamilton. They listen to guest speakers talk about activities the students can get involved in to help needy people in Australia and overseas. It is also a fun day where student get to share a BBQ and talk with other Vinnies members from other schools throughout the Diocese.
At the end of each year the Vinnies group has an end of year Christmas Party at New Lambton Pool. We invite San Clemente High School Mayfield Vinnies members to share a celebration day with us. A good fun day is always had by all around a swim and a BBQ and Year 10 members of Vinnies are farewelled as they move on in their education to new schools.
The Vinnies group is a wonderfully positive, caring group of students in the school who regularly reach out to help needy people in the school and beyond.