Students at St Mary’s School in Mooroopna enjoyed a serve of pancakes yesterday.
Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.
Lent is an important part of the Christian liturgical calendar, starting on Ash Wednesday and finishing on Easter Sunday.
Students made pancakes from scratch and cooked them in pans, before covering them in toppings and enjoying the spoils of their work.
St Mary’s School’s religious education co-ordinator Marg Lee wanted to bring traditions from the home into the classroom.
‘‘Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday was a day for using up food that could not be eaten during Lent, which was a time for fasting,’’ Mrs Lee said.
‘‘On Shrove Tuesday, families will eat all the things in the pantry, like the eggs and the butter and have a feast with the pancakes; (with) tomorrow being Ash Wednesday, it’s a time of Lent, so they have quite a party.
‘‘Pancake Tuesday is a fun day and a recognition of Shrove Tuesday,’’ Mrs Lee said.
During Lent, the school raises money for Project Compassion with money going to Caritas Australia.
Caritas Australia runs programs to help less privileged children and indigenous Australians.
The appeal runs until Easter Sunday.