8 February 2024

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Tuesday, 13 February is Pancake Day however, as it's during half term week, Mr Raynor started the annual pancake tossing competition early.  

At lunch on Wednesday, pupils gathered in their House teams to take part in an interhouse pancake flipping competition in the Assembly Hall.  

Each House had a team of four pupil volunteers and each had 30 seconds to score as many flips as they could. The House with the highest total won the contest.

Special mentions for Year 9 Thomas E of Hodder who managed an incredible 39 flips on his go and Mrs Kursitis who stepped in to play for Calder, scoring 29. Thank you to Mrs Lockwood for the pans and Miss Beesley for the 'pancake' rubber discs.

The winners were Hodder (92 flips), followed by Calder in second place with 75 flips, and Ribble and Douglas third and fourth respectively (74 flips and 46 flips). 

Priory pupils certainly know how to have flipping fun!

What’s the History of this event?

Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.  Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting and on Shrove Tuesday, Anglo-Saxon Christians went to confession and were “shriven” (absolved from their sins). A bell would be rung to call people to confession. This came to be called the “Pancake Bell” and is still rung today.

Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday, so the date varies from year to year but will always be between 3 February and 9 March. In 2024 Shrove Tuesday will fall on 13 February.

Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients.

A pancake is a thin, flat cake, made of batter and fried in a frying pan. A traditional English pancake is very thin and is served immediately. Golden syrup or lemon juice and caster sugar are the usual toppings for pancakes.

Here’s a basic recipe and method...


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