Zoe Smith prepares to take pancakes to the masses, as she and Jane Milburn honoured the tradition of Shrove Tuesday on the Glenorchy Campus this morning.


Flipping pancakes on Shrove Tuesday is a serious business and Ms Milburn and Ms Smith had it down to a fine art this morning as staff and students arrived on the Glenorchy Campus.

Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is always 47 days before Easter so that it falls between 3 February and 9 March. The day has grown out of a tradition of using up fatty (often tempting) foods before Lent. As eggs, milk and sugar traditionally were not used during the 40 days of fasting, they needed to be used on the last day before Lent. Apparently, the pancake features in cooking as far back as 1439 and the idea of tossing them is nearly as old.

The yummy pancakes, cooked and served, at Glenorchy were enjoyed by a number of staff and students. The money raised kick-started the GYC Project Compassion (Caritas Australia) appeal for 2017 in which the six Houses will raise money for Australia’s Catholic international aid and development agency.

Tomorrow, GYC will “walk for hope” as a whole College at the Tolosa Reserve.