The charity fund-raising Christmas Tree Decoration Event at city’s Cathedral is well worth dropping into and the school’s entry is crying out for you to cast your vote for it.

This year our tree has taken the traditional story of St Nicholas as our inspiration.

St Nicholas was born in what is now modern day Turkey. He inherited a large sum of money but devoted his life to helping others and eventually became a bishop.

One story recounts that St Nicholas learned of a poor man who was not able to support his three daughters. St Nicholas travelled to his house and tossed three sacks of gold down the chimney, one for each of the three girls.

The gold happened to land in each of the girl’s stockings, which were hanging by the fire to dry, and the oranges traditionally given out at Christmas are a symbol of this gold left by St Nicholas.

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “As a school, we place a great emphasis upon the importance of a community spirit between students, parents and staff. We push the message to students that there are lots of simple ways we can help those around us. A smile in acknowledgement, a thank you, the holding of the door, and our decorative tree celebrates these little acts of kindness, as well as tying into the story of St Nicholas”.