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Students studying the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning join forces with Year 1 and 2 students.

May 5 saw our Year 1 and 2 students relish the chance to join VCAL students in the new Food Technology Centre to make pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. We love seeing our Senior School students using their leadership skills and this was an ideal opportunity as the opposite ends of the College came together for a common cause.

For those interested in the significance of Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, here are some facts:

Easter is one of the oldest festivals of the Christian Church and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. However, before any celebrations can begin, there must be a period of fasting which is where Shrove Tuesday comes into play. The word shrove comes from shrive, meaning to present oneself for confession, penance, and absolution. Shrove Tuesday marks the last day before Lent, a period of forty days whereby Christians traditionally fast or give up certain foods. The forty days represent the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert where he resisted the temptation of Satan. On the first day of Lent, also known as Ash Wednesday, Christians would traditionally attend mass to have a small cross of ashes drawn on their forehead by the priest. The cross is in reference to the Biblical passage “For dust you are and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19).