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Staff at Bath College rose to the challenge when they were asked to decorate their departments for Christmas.


Teams in Bath and Somer Valley entered into the festive spirit of things for the annual Deck the College Competition.


They enjoyed some Christmas fun, transforming their offices into grottos, winter wonderlands and an exam centre for Santa.


At Santa’s Union, decorated by the student participation team, chaplain Rob Popejoy dressed up as an elf.


Learning support staff at Bath College also turned their office into Whoville, with a cardboard cut-out of the Grinch and Dr. Seuss quotes.


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Carole Stott, chair of the governing body at Bath College, judged the competition and announced the winners at the staff Christmas party.


The library team at Bath won second place for their German market and the IT team at Somer Valley fashioned a cosy log fire to win third place.


First place was awarded to the estates team at Somer Valley, who created Santa’s mission control centre.


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Staff put up a map tracking Santa’s journey across the globe to deliver presents, surrounded by clocks set at different time zones in the world.


They decorated a Christmas tree with keys and laid out a diary to record sleigh and vehicle bookings, as well as Rudolph’s trophy for the reddest nose.


Mike Drewitt, from the estates team, said: “We just couldn’t believe it when we found out we’d won.


“We put it together from things we found, we didn’t spend a penny. We were all involved, it was a team effort. We’ve got to defend our title next year now!”


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