Shrove Tuesday takes place before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, which falls on 1 March this year.
In a tradition dating back to 1000 AD, Shrove Tuesday became a day that Catholics would feast on eggs, sugar and dairy, which were historically restricted during the Lenten fast. The day not only signalled a last chance to gorge on such foods, but with the addition of flour, the making of pancakes became a popular way to use up these ingredients before the feast began.
An initiative of the St Columba’s Primary School P&F Association, the serving of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday marked the first time volunteers were able to host a fundraising event on the school’s ground in almost two years.
Shannon Bromilow, who forms part of the school’s P&F Association and is also the canteen supervisor, said the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in schools this week made it possible for a team of four parents to cook and serve pancakes to over 200 students.
“It’s so nice to be welcomed back into the school, to host events for students and to raise funds for charity,” Ms Bromilow said.
St Columba’s students made a gold coin donation towards Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Lenten Appeal in exchange for the fluffy treats.
Supporting over three million people across the globe every year, Caritas Australia works in the most disadvantaged and vulnerable areas. It uses long-term sustainable practices, such as working with local communities and NGOs, to build resilience and empowerment into the future.
The students’ excitement to be served over the canteen counter was palpable, as in recent times, COVID-19 restrictions meant that the school canteen had only been able to provide lunch orders.
Ms Bromilow has two sons at St Columba’s Primary School, Hamish and Angus, and said that many of the students were excited to learn that from Monday, the canteen will once again open its roller door regularly for counter service.
“Being part of the school community again is a wonderful feeling. I’m looking forward to seeing students’ smiling faces each week,” Ms Bromilow said.