STUDENTS at St Philomena's School enjoyed a healthy serving of pancakes on Tuesday to mark Shrove Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday is traditionally observed in a majority of Christian denominations, however, it's particular prominent in Catholicism and is held the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent.
St Philomena's principal Jaydem Hadson, who is only weeks into his new roll at the school, said there was well over 400 pancakes available at the school on Tuesday, almost double the school's total of enrolled students.
"We'd have enough to feed all of South Bathurst," he laughed.
"All the pancakes have been generously donated by Year 2 and Year 6 parents. Each year the classes take it turns to make the pancakes."
Mr Hadson said Shrove Tuesday is an important day for his students, especially in the lead into Lent, which is traditionally held across the course of 40 days in the lead up to Easter Sunday where many Christians commit to fasting or giving up a certain luxury.
"It's usually held before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of Lent. We make promises where you might go without something throughout Lent," he said.
"It might be something simple, where kids might go without a lunch meal from the canteen and they set aside the money from that for charity.
"Lent can be a time when kids look towards what they can do in the community. Sometimes they go to nursing homes but because of COVID, we can't do that, so we're making cards this year."
Throughout Lent, students at St Philomena's will attend Mass, as well as a special service at St Mary's Catholic Church in Orange on February 24, to celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in Australia.
All money raised by students throughout Lent will be donated to Caritas Australia's Project Compassion, which helps in bringing an end to poverty and injustice in the world.
For more information, visit lent.caritas.org.au.