Shrove Tuesday at SMA

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts on Ash Wednesday. The name Shrove comes from the old middle English word 'Shriven' meaning to go to confession to say sorry for the wrong things you've done. Lent always starts on a Wednesday, so people went to confessions on the day before. This became known as Shriven Tuesday and then Shrove Tuesday.

The other name for this day, Pancake Day, comes from the old English custom of using up all the fattening ingredients in the house before Lent, so that people were ready to fast during Lent. The fattening ingredients that most people had in their houses in those days were eggs and milk. A very simple recipe to use up these ingredients was to combine them with some flour and make pancakes!

Pupils at the primary phase were afforded the opportunity to sample some delightful pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.

Mr Carpenter, a parent of a pupil in the primary phase with the support of six the youth chaplaincy team ‘The Light Bearers’ from the secondary phase cooked, tossed and served up over 300 pancakes. Toppings included lemon, sugar and chocolate. The Academy raised £145 for the various charities the Academy supports. The Academy would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Carpenter, the youth chaplaincy team and Ms Toprak for their efforts in making Shrove Tuesday at SMA a memorable and successful event.