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AMITY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SIXTH FORM PROSPECTUS


CO N T E N TS 1. Welcome from the Head of Secondary.......................................................................................................................................................4 2. Why Amity?...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................5 3. Our Sixth Form Curriculum............................................................................................................................................................................................7

I. GCE Advanced Level

II. BTEC Qualifications

III. Blended Curriculum A level & BTEC

4. Amity Horizons Programme..................................................................................................................................................................................... 10 5. Amity University MBA prgramme.................................................................................................................................................................. 11 6. Sixth Form Curriculum Pathways at Amity International School.............................................................. 13 7. Entry Requirements................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 16 8. Sixth Form Co-curricular Programme...................................................................................................................................................... 17

I. Performing arts

II. Sports Leaders Award

III. Duke of Edinburgh Award

IV. Peer Mentoring

V. Model United Nations

9. Equivalency............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 19 10. Arabic and Islamic...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 21 11. Sixth Form Application Process and Timeline........................................................................................................................... 22 12. How do I apply?............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 23 13. Sixth Form Contract............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 24


W E LCOM E TO O U R S I X T H F O R M Dear Parents and Sixth Formers, It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Amity International School’s Sixth Form. The Sixth Form represents for our young people, the most important two years of their school career, as it can determine their university destination and subsequently their career choices. This may feel like a daunting prospect but when you join our Sixth Form, you will find yourself in a supportive yet challenging environment. We are committed to caring for each individual and believe that every student deserves the best possible support in his or her transition from Key stage 4 through to Key Stage 5 and beyond. Amity International School is a school that nurtures a genuine passion for learning, delivering a well-rounded and holistic education. Our Sixth Form is about much more than examinations. It is a time to broaden knowledge and experience and to develop skills and interests that will last a lifetime, which is why we aim to provide a holistic education that will enrich academic studies. Our unique offer of three distinct pathways together with our bespoke Amity Horizons Programme and Mini MBA guarantees our Sixth Form pupils will leave as wellrounded, positive young adults, who are outstanding citizens in society and go on to achieve great success. Amity is an extraordinary school with extraordinary facilities in a unique and vibrant community in Abu Dhabi. We look forward to welcoming you to our Sixth Form.

Rachael Saebnoori

Head of Secondary School

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W H Y

C H O O S E

A M I T Y ?

At Amity International School, our aim is to provide pupils with an inspiring, purposeful and balanced curriculum, leading to qualifications, which are internationally recognised and accepted as entry requirements for Higher Education. The British Curriculum is a highly personalised programme that allows pupils to tailor their studies by choosing subjects that best suit their interests and strengths. However, we believe it takes more than qualifications to build a strong profile in a competitive work environment, which is why we offer our bespoke Amity Horizons programme, focusing on six distinct areas:

Careers and Personal Branding

Citizenship and the Wider Community

Leadership

AMITY HORIZONS PROGRAMME

Extended Learning

Personal Finance Acumen

Higher Education Preparation

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The Amity Horizons programme together with academic qualifications builds a strong student profile in order to guarantee admission to top Universities around the world. According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2020, the top skills of 2025 will be analytical thinking and innovation, active learning and learning strategies, complex problem solving and critical thinking and analysis. The Amity Horizons programme is built on the Amity values of inspiring excellence, collaboration, growing together and diversity and ensures that our pupils are: • Prepared for a world where jobs are different • Creative • Lifelong learners • Adaptable • Successful and happy • All-rounded • Global citizens • Adopt a personalised approach • Received quality education beyond grades

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O U R S I X T H F O R M C U R R I C U LU M 1. GCE Advanced Level (A level) Advanced Level (A Levels) is a subject-based qualification from the United Kingdom. It is a two year linear course with examinations at the end. A level exams is the standard entry qualification for undergraduate programmes by universities worldwide. Studies are now specialised and in much more depth than at (I)GCSE. Entrance to University depends upon attaining good grades at A level together with results already achieved at (I)GCSE. At this stage, pupils are required to study a minimum of three A Levels, although some pupils may opt for four A levels. The majority of examinations are taken at the end of Year 13. Pass grades are awarded from A* to E. For University entrance, good results in 3 subjects are required. Exceptionally able pupils who wish to take four A-Levels will have their requests considered on an individual basis. They will have to meet a higher entry requirement and demonstrate a particular talent in one or more subject areas as well as the potential to cope with the additional workload. Pupils need to think carefully about their subject choices and be certain about the nature of the subjects they intend to take and the expectations that will be placed upon them. We offer the following subjects at A level: Biology Business Studies Chemistry Computer Science Design Technology Drama and Theatre Economics English Language English Literature Fashion & Textiles Fine Art

French Further Mathematics Geography German History ICT Mathematics Music Physical Education Physics Psychology Spanish

For further information about our A level courses, please refer to our Sixth Form Subject Options Brochure. 07


2. BTEC qualifications BTECs are named after the Business and Technology Education Council which used to run the award. They are a specialist series of qualifications that have had a 30 year track record of successes at both tertiary and employment levels. BTEC courses aim to provide a core academic knowledge base whilst also developing a range of practical knowledge and skills which help pupils to prepare for a career in a specialist field Amity International School offers BTEC courses in the following subjects: • • • • •

Business Information Technology Sport Hospitality Travel & Tourism

We offer the Level 3 Diploma Double Award in Business, equivalent in size to 2 A levels. For other subjects we offer the Level 3 Subsiduary Diploma equivalent in size to 1 A level. The BTEC course is offered as a balance of classroom teaching combined with practical, work related activities with a special focus on developing and enhancing pupils’ behavioural skills, which include teamwork, creative thinking and presentation skills. BTEC Assessment: BTEC assessment provides a wide variety in order to better capture the varied learning styles of pupils. All modules rely on coursework-based assessments graded by the teacher and externally validated by a BTEC moderator. The BTEC program allows pupils to track their progress through a Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). BTEC grades per module are generated based on a combination of formal assessment and internal coursework. BTECs are graded using the following scale: Distinction* (D*) Distinction (D)

Merit (M) Pass (P)

Unclassified (U)

Each grade is allocated a points credit per unit as indicated below: Pass (P)

Merit (M)

Distinction (D)

7 Points

8 Points

9 Points

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Pupils complete realistic work-based assignments, which are internally assessed. Assessments for each unit can vary from presentations, essays, video documentary, and practical tasks assessed by members of staff. Each unit has a credit value, which is multiplied by the grade points the student receives. For further information about our BTEC courses, please refer to the Sixth Form Subject Options Brochure.

3. Blended Curriculum of A level & BTEC This pathway offers pupils study a combination of A level and BTEC courses. Pupils can select 2 A levels and 1 BTEC course or 1 A level and 2 BTEC Courses. Pupils must ensure that their course choices match the requirements of any Higher Education courses or eventual careers that they are interested in. For pupils wishing to apply for certain courses, e.g. Medicine, Veterinary Science, Law and for prestigious Oxbridge/Russell Group universities, it is advisable to check subject choices against university entry requirements.

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A M I T Y H O R I ZO N S P ROG R A M M E The Amity Horizons programme includes six distinct areas:

Citizenship and the Wider Community Gold International Award Moral Education (UAE Citizenship and Global Citizenship) Voluntary Community Service First Aid Course (optional)

Personal Finance Acumen: Planning for the Future Student Finance Investing and saving Dealing with Debt

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Careers and Personal Branding Work Experience Career planning Creating Your Elevator Pitch Presentation Skills Successful Negotiation Networking and Social Media Profiles

Careers and Personal Branding

Citizenship and the Wider Community

Leadership

AMITY HORIZONS PROGRAMME

Extended Learning

Personal Finance Acumen

Higher Education Preparation

Higher Education Preparation: Preparing for life at University Higher Education Research University Application Personal Statement Writing University Test Preparation

Leadership Amity Leadership Role Leadership and Management course Leadership and Team Building Amity University MBA course (optional) Sports Leaders Award (optional) Enterprise project (optional) Team leading course (optional)

Extended Learning Critical Thinking and Theory of Knowledge International IPQ Mass Open Online Courses Financial Acumen Emotional intelligence Senior Scholarship Essay Prizes Athena Lecture series (optional) Academic societies (optional) Research Project Competitions


A M I T Y U N I V E RS I T Y ’ S M BA P RO G R A M M E

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The Course The course is designed by Professor Gary Smith, Head of Incubation at Amity University Dubai, but will be supported by University staff and own sixth form tutor team and Business studies and Economics teachers. With a heavy emphasis on sourcing opportunities, problem-solving and practical implementation of business principles, it is envisaged that students following this course will have a more advanced and practical understanding of modern business compared to their peers at other schools. The theory component of the course is delivered around a practical application as far as reasonably possible. This real-world focus ensures we develop reflective leaders who can negotiate challenging priorities and

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agendas. Some content will be delivered through online MOOCs and lectures, elective courses, or face-to-face seminars and lectures held at the School or the University. They will also have opportunity to attend a residential course at the University, and most importantly, the planning and implementation of their own business simulation, the report from which may be selected for presentation at the ‘Eureka’ and ‘Idea Factory’ conference for new businesses at the University. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with the CEO of the Amity Education Group, Middle East and the Head of Incubation at Amity University.


S I X T H F O RM C U R R I C U LU M PAT H WAYS AT A M I T Y I N T E R N AT I O N A L SC H O O L There are three pathways to choose from:

3/4 A level courses + IPQ*

• Expectation: 5 Bs/6s at GCSE minimum and English Language and Maths at Grade 4 (C grade). Bs/6s in the subjects they wish to follow • Choose three A levels however if you wish to choose four, you will need special approval • To study A level Maths/Further Maths and Science courses, pupils will need a grade A/A* or 8/9.

3 A level + Gold Arts Award **

BTEC + 2 A levels OR 2 BTECs + 1 A level

• Expectation: 5 Cs/4s at GCSE minimum including English Language and Maths at Grade 4/C • A level Fine Art, Drama and Theatre, Product Design, Textiles, Photography

• Expectation: 5 Bs/6s at GCSE minimum and English Lang and Maths at Grade 4 (C grade). • Effort scores in Year 11

In line with other international schools, subjects will run only with viable student numbers

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* I N T E R N AT I O N A L I P Q ( I N T E R N AT I O N A L I N D E P E N D E N T P R O J E C T Q U A L I F I C AT I O N ) The International IPQ is a project-based qualification that pupils can take alongside their chosen A levels. The qualification helps pupils to develop independent learning skills that prepare them for university and beyond – including research, creative problem-solving and report writing. The IPQ gives pupils the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in their university applications

**GOLD ARTS AWARD Gold Arts Award is a Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and is designed for ages 16 and above, but is open to young people aged 11 to 25. The award has 16 points on the UCAS tariff. To achieve a Gold Arts Award, young pupils collect evidence in an individual arts portfolio: Personal arts development

Leadership of an arts project

• extending their own arts practice, experiencing another art form and creating new work • identifying and being involved in the world of the arts through placements, volunteering, training and research • reviewing arts events/experiences and finding out about artists and their career paths • making the case for an arts issue and communicating the case

• planning a project, identifying the project’s aims and outcomes • organising the people and resources • delivering the project and managing the effectiveness of the project • managing a public showing/sharing of the work • reviewing their leadership development and finding effective ways to collect and evaluate feedback from participants, audience members and other stakeholders

The Gold Arts Award is the highest recognition of a student’s abilities as a creative arts leader. At Gold level, you are working as an arts practitioner while broadening your horizons within the arts world. Working at this level will extend your creativity, communication, planning, teamwork and leadership skills, and will support your progression through any education, training or career pathway.

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W H I C H PAT H WAY D O I C H O O S E ? When choosing which courses to study, it is important to consider the following: 1. Which subjects do you enjoy learning? It is vital that you enjoy the subjects you choose. The demands and rigour of A-Level and BTEC study are great and pupils must be motivated and ready to excel from the start of the course. 2. Which subjects are your strengths? You must choose subjects where you have a proven track record of success. This will ensure that you achieve highly at A-Level and BTEC. If you are considering a new subject, then you should have success in a related or similar subject at GCSE. 3. Which subjects are required for the career or degree you wish to follow? It is important to research the requirements for different careers and degree courses before making your decision. Use the UCAS Course Search facility to identify which university courses require A-levels. http://search.ucas.com/ Talk to your teachers in school to gain advice about different career pathways. If you are unsure, select subjects from the facilitating subjects list. These come from a report entitled ‘Informed Choices’ produced by The Russell Group of Universities. A link to the report can be found here: www.informedchoices.ac.uk 4. What are your predicted GCSE grades? All our courses have entry criteria which must be met in order to be enrolled. Please check that you are likely to meet the GCSE entry criteria for the courses you wish to follow. 5. What is your learning style? Although having the necessary grades are important you should also consider what type of learner you are as this may influence your choice of course too. For example, do you like theory-based exams, reading, writing long essays, doing practicals, physical work, coursework, being creative and expressive or problem solving? Different subjects have different skill-sets and may be taught and assessed in different ways. You should aim to try and choose subjects that match your particular way of learning.

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E NT RY

R E Q U I R E M E N TS

Expectations at GCSE • An average GCSE score of 6 or above (the equivalent of a good B grade average under the former grading scheme) is required for the A level subjects chosen. • For A level subjects such as Maths, Further Maths and Physics, a score of 8 or 9 is required. • We review individual circumstances to ensure that pupils are carefully guided on a course that will enable them to achieve success in the next stage. Thus, if a pupil falls short of this standard, their suitability for A-level study will be assessed under three headings: • effort, ability and academic progress to date; • interest in and access to appropriate A levels • positive attitude, good disciplinary record and appropriate engagement with the co-curricular and social aspects of School life. • Some subjects do not require previous study at GCSE. For many subjects, however, a grade 6 or above is a reasonable basis from which to start an A-level course, though some subjects may require a higher GCSE grade in order to begin. • Parents and pupils are advised to discuss this individually with the Head of Department of the subject concerned. • A satisfactory interview and reports which demonstrates strong academic achievement and attitude together with an excellent attendance record

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S I X T H F O R M CO - C U R R I C U L A R P RO G R A M M E Much like our academic programme, our co-curricular programme is founded on the values of choice, engagement and enjoyment. The programme provides pupils with a chance to experience new opportunities and broaden their education outside the boundaries of the classroom. It is important to us that our pupils can find something that suits them, whilst also being encouraged to ‘have a go’, no matter what their ability level. Performing Arts A rich and prolific range of performance opportunities are available to every student at Amity International School. The Music and Drama Departments host a thriving programme of co-curricular events encompassing a variety of activities that encourage and challenge the large numbers of pupils that regularly participate. From grand scale productions for all ages to smaller ensemble pieces and a House Drama competition, there is plenty to be involved with. The making and performing of arts at Amity International School enable pupils to develop essential life skills: physical and vocal selfconfidence, the social disciplines of working in a group, an extended emotional range, development of creativity and a respect for the work of others. Pupils can also opt to be involved in technical theatre, costume and front of house roles.

Theatre productions, for many of our pupils, form the highlight of their year. The passion, talent, care and support that goes into the making of our theatre projects is inspirational and always unforgettable. Sports Leaders Awards The PE department offers Sixth Form pupils the opportunity to complete the Level 2 UK Sports Leaders Award. Focusing on guided and peer-to-peer learning, this award develops effective communication and organisation whilst equipping the pupils to lead basic physical activities to younger pupils, their peers, and adults. Duke of Edinburgh Award The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a well-established programme, which provides our pupils with access to this internationally recognised and well-regarded award. The majority of our Sixth Form pupils complete the Silver Award in Year 12, with the pupils traveling on an overseas expedition to Nepal. This is undoubtedly a real highlight of their time in our Sixth Form. The Silver Award includes sections in Volunteering, Physical and Skills development, with an expedition and residential component. Peer Mentoring Programme Amity Sixth Form offers the opportunity for the pupils to apply to the Peer Mentoring Programme, where older pupils support 17


our younger pupils. Sixth Form pupils can apply for Peer Mentor roles and those who are successful are given a great amount of responsibility in helping the younger year groups in the school community. As a Peer Mentor, the Year 12 and 13 pupils are there to listen, encourage, reassure and facilitate inclusion. The Peer Mentoring Programme operates alongside our normal support system of Form Tutor and Head of Key Stage but at Amity we are aware that there are times when a pupil feels she could do with someone who understands him/ her; who has ‘been there, done that’. Peer Mentoring is another form of support, but one that may be seen as more accessible to younger pupils. Year 12 and 13 Peer Mentors can support certain transition points e.g. transition into Secondary School or from Key Stage 3 to Keys Stage 4 to ensure the transition to the Senior School is as smooth

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as possible. There is a comprehensive initial training programme, which all Peer Mentors must successfully complete before undertaking any mentoring. A certificate will be issued to successful Mentors. After initial training, workshop sessions will be held to cover any specific areas identified by the Peer Mentors or Team Leaders. Model United Nations The school runs a successful MUN and debating club. Although supported by staff, this programme is largely operated by an elected Sixth Form Secretary General and MUN directors. The club members will represent Amity international School at a number of local MUN and debating competitions and these pupils are responsible for coaching the younger pupils to develop skills and attributes required to be successful.


E Q U I VA L E N C Y The Ministry of Education equivalency certificate (Shahadat Al-Thanawiya Al-Amma) is the UAE official high school graduation certificate. It is required for study at UAE universities and employment in some government positions. Article Six: The equivalency of the secondary school completion certificates of British Curriculum private schools are as follows: 1) The student must have completed twelve (12) academic years after kindergarten (two years). 2) The student shall complete the 12th Grade or its equivalent 3) The student shall pass five (5) subjects in the average level (IGCSE or GCSE) with one of the passing marks (A*, A, B, C, D) or (9,8,7,6,5,4,3) including the following subjects: Mathematics, One of the Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) or combined Science subject, English Language or Literature. 4) The student shall pass two (2) subjects in the GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level or one (1) subject at GCE Advanced Level with one of the passing marks (A*, A, B, C, D). 5) Islamic Education and Arabic Language shall not be included in the subjects of both levels. 6) The student shall choose the subjects stated for studying from among the subjects specified by the Ministry in the relevant regulatory decisions. All pupils must complete Year 13 and require a minimum of a D grade in one subject from the following list of subjects as per the Ministerial Resolution 199 in 2019. Subjects approved by the Ministry of Education: 1) Art & Design 2) Biology 3) Business Studies 4) Chemistry 5) Computer Science 6) Economics 19


7) English Language 8) English Literature 9) French 10) Further Mathematics 11) Geography 12) German 13) Graphic Design 14) History 15) Mathematics 16) Media Studies 17) Physics 18) Psychology 19) Spanish

E X E M P T I O N S Emirati pupils must attain equivalency. Arab pupils can choose to not sit the required number of approved A level subjects and/or not take their EMSATs if their parents sign the waiver(s) stating that they will not seek equivalency nor intend to study at third level in the UAE. Please note that we do not recommend opting out for our Arab pupils. Non-Arab pupils do not have to study Arabic or Islamic Studies nor the required number of approved subjects if their parents sign a waiver stating that they will not seek equivalency.

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A R A B I C A N D I S L A M I C E D U C AT I O N All pupils in Y12 who are either Emirati or whose UAE residency visa is on an Arab passport are required to take Arabic lessons, as per UAE law and the Ministry of Education Guidelines. Expatriate pupils are not required to take Arabic, unless they wish to qualify for an equivalency certificate from the UAE government, confirming that a student has completed their secondary education in the UAE. In order to receive the certificate, pupils must pass the MOE end of Year 12 Arabic exam for natives or the exam for non-natives. Islamic Studies is compulsory for all Muslim pupils in Y12, as per UAE law and Ministry of Education Guidelines, whether they are an Arabic speaker or not, and regardless of nationality. In order to receive an equivalency certificate the student needs to pass their final Islamic Studies exam at the end of Year 12. Passing the exam is a requirement to receive an equivalency certificate from the Abu Dhabi Education Council, which certifies that a student has completed their secondary education.

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S I X T H F O R M A P P L I C AT I O N P RO C E S S A N D T I M E L I N E

1 JANUARY  Year 11 Options Guidance meetings with the Secondary Leadership Team

NOVEMBER  Sixth Form Webinar series

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 Sixth Form Taster Days

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MARCH  Final Options Submitted  Offer letters sent

AUGUST  GCSE Results

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SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER  6-week probationary period


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If you would like to join our Sixth Form for August 2021, please complete the application form on our website: admission@amityabudhabi.ae In the first instance, the Admissions registrar will contact you about your application A member of the Secondary Leadership Team will assess the application and arrange to interview the applicant and discuss course choices. Pending a successful interview, you will receive a provisional offer from the Admissions registrar. For general admission enquiries, please contact the Admissions registrar: admission@amityabudhabi.ae If you would like to discuss subject choices or have any questions about joining our Sixth Form you can contact a member of the Secondary Leadership Team: Mrs Rachael Saebnoori, Head of Secondary: rsaebnoori@amityabudhabi.ae Mr Nikki Upsall, Deputy Head of Secondary: nupsall@amityabudhabi.ae My Guy Schooley, Deputy Head of Secondary: gschooley@amityabudhabi.ae Mr Peter Miller, Assistant Head of Secondary: pmiller@amityabudhabi.ae

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A M I T Y I N T E R N AT I O N A L S I X T H F OR M CO N T R AC T Student Name ________________________________________________________ I understand that I have accepted a place at Amity International School Sixth Form conditional upon the following requirements being met at all times:

 Be punctual to all lessons  Attend all lessons regularly  Meet all deadlines for home work and coursework  Use non-timetabled time effectively  Adhere to the Sixth Form Dress Code by being smart and presentable at all times  Behave in an exemplary manner in accordance to the schools Code of Conduct  Use the Sixth Form Area in an appropriate and sensible way  Notify the school in case of absence

Progression to Year 13 is subject to me obtaining satisfactory grades in the end of Year 12 exams I understand that my attendance and punctuality as well as my behaviour will be referred to in any formal references including university applications. I understand that my place in Year 12 will begin with a probation period and that my place will be reviewed in October, early November after an internal assessment by teachers, tutors, Head of Faculty and Head of Sixth Form. If I am identified as a cause of concern, I understand that:

• my probation will be extended • undergo further assessment • I may have to drop or change subjects

I agree to meet all these requirements at all times. I also understand that failure to meet these requirements may result in me failing my probation period and/or being asked to withdraw from the school Signed: ____________________ Date: ______________________ 24


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