Hundreds of children enjoyed a flipping marvellous time celebrating pancake day at St Gregory’s Catholic Primary in Margate.
The races were a recipe for fun and laughter as pupils from across the year groups took part in a series of events.
Shrove Tuesday this year falls on February 13, with the date is in the middle of the school holiday – so St Gregory’s staged their own festivities early so that children did not miss out on the community occasion.
The event was also a non-uniform day with donations collected in support of the school’s ongoing drive to raise funds for books.
Head Teacher Dave Walker said: “As a church school there’s a deeper meaning behind it for us. We held an assembly about Shove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and about Ash Wednesday being the start of Lent and what could children give up across this time period.
“It was important to reaffirm that message – and then it was time for the races. I am a firm believer that school needs to be fun, so we set about enjoying the occasion.”
Key Stage 1 children enjoyed their races at playtime with their teachers, while Key Stage 2 children tackled a pancake race obstacle course run by Mr Walker.
He added: “The atmosphere was brilliant and we shared the importance and fun of our early Shrove Tuesday together in celebration of our school community.”
Shrove Tuesday Fact File: Shrove Tuesday, often referred to as Pancake Day, is a Christian tradition that marks the day before the start of Lent. It is a day of preparation and feasting before the 40-day period of fasting and reflection leading up to Easter. Traditionally, on this day many people indulged in pancakes as a way to use up rich and indulgent ingredients like eggs, milk, and sugar before the fasting period began.”