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27 February 2015


Dear Parents and Carers,


his week has been an exciting one for the Art, Design and Technology Department. On Monday we were visited by the country’s leading ceramicist, Julian Stair. Julian spent the afternoon with a selected group of students who have shown a real passion for art and pottery. He demonstrated using the potter’s wheel and talked to them about his career and how he came to be a ceramicist. It really was an inspirational afternoon. Many thanks to Ms Carragher for organising the visit.

On Wednesday night Ms Carragher was at Sotherby’s auction house in central London with Harry Taak in Year 9 as one of his pieces of art, entitled Minotaur, was being auctioned alongside works by Henry Moore, Michael Craig-Martin and David Hockney! Read the full report later in the newsletter to find out more. We are waiting to hear how much his piece sold for. Well done Harry! And lastly, attendance is looking up in the primary phase after a series of bugs and viruses. Today every single child in reception is in school and big congratulations must go to Curie class who managed to maintain 100% attendance for the whole week. With all best wishes,


achel Macfarlane, rincipal

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>>> News Dear Parents/Carers

We would like to invite you our upcoming Harkness parent workshop being held at Isaac Newton Academy from 6pm-7pm on Wednesday the 11th March. Harkness is a student-led discussion-based teaching method used in a range of lessons here at Isaac Newton Academy. In the workshop we will be sharing information that will help you to understand the teaching method and how best to support your child with Harkness preparation tasks that have been set as Independent Learning. If you would like to attend please let us know via email or drop into reception to register your interest by Monday the 9th of March. We look forward to seeing you on the evening.

Leanne Abbott-Jones Lead Pastoral Leader

GCSE Baseline Assessment When? Tuesday 10th March. 08:50am – 10:20am KS3 Hall

Why? • Assess how much of the KS3 curriculum you have understood • Identify areas that need addressing before we start the GCSE course

How to prepare: • Complete revision pack provided by your teacher th • Bring to lesson on Friday 6 March • Read through your notes in your books • Use MyMaths to revise What to expect: 1 paper – 1 hour 30 min 50% non-calculator, 50% calculator Covering any topic from the KS3 curriculum INA Newsletter 3

Y7 Prog ress Event On Tuesday 31st March from 8:50am-5:00pm Year 7 students have their progress event at Isaac Newton Academy. Y7 will complete their appointments and a reflective learning pack, so will be required to be on site with a parent/carer/family member over 18 for part of the day and in a supervised location away from site for the remainder. Y8 will have lessons as usual. Y9 will learn remotely through learning posted on FRONTER with supervision arranged by parents and carers at a location away from the site. Parents are responsible for ensuring Year 9 students (and Year 7 when they do not have appointments) are in an appropriate supervised location away from the INA site. Y7 will attend for pre-arranged appointments and will manage their appointments in advance. Enrichments/detentions will be cancelled. Parents will sign to agree appointments in advance. Tutors will sign to agree appointments. Students will arrive punctually for appointments with a parent/guardian/family member over 18. Students will be in full INA uniform. Students will enter the KS3 Hall only and not be permitted elsewhere on site. Parents are only permitted to be in reception, the hall or the ground floor corridor linking them. Many thanks Mr Crowther-Green, Assistant Principal.

Spanish Trip to Barcelona – May 2015 A reminder that all payments for the Spanish Trip should have been made by Friday 13th March. The cost for this trip is £550 but you may pay the full balance at any time. A Q&A meeting for all parents and carers has been organised for Wednesday 1st April at 5pm. This will be an opportunity for you all to familiarise yourselves with the timetable of activities and we will also be collecting all passports, EHIC cards, medical information and emergency contact details during the evening. A letter outlining what you need to bring with you to this information evening will be given to your son or daughter after the half term holiday. If you have any concerns or queries please contact me. Mary Davies, Head of Languages

French Trip to Normandy – April 2015 A reminder that all payments for the French Trip should have been made by Friday 6th March. The total cost for this trip is £380 for pupil premium students and £414 for non-pupil premium students but you can pay the full balance at any time before then. Mary Davies Head of Languages 4  INA Newsletter

INA Budding Artist Auction

which represents the bad in people staying inside, and slowly, the good emerging and shining through.”

On Wednesday 25th February, Harry Taak 9W was invited to attend the prestigious London auction house Sotheby’s where one of his pieces of art work was being auctioned. Harry produced the artwork at age 11 and his work was 1 of 12 selected from all the Ark Academies across the country.

Harry’s art has been selected as one of eight exclusive pieces to be made into notecards and was distributed to guests on the night as a take-home gift. .

“I strongly believe that in the near future everyone can be good citizens and get along." Harry painted the piece to reflect the theme of dreams and aspirations. Harry says, “I strongly believe that in the near future everyone can be good citizens and get along. ‘The Minotaur’ represents strength and the piece has 3D elements emerging out of the canvas INA Newsletter 5

Thursday, 5th of March is World Book Day and this year, for the first time, our Primary

and Secondary Schools are celebrating with a Character Dress-Up Event!

We’re hoping that all our students are able to take part by coming to school dressed as their favourite book character. There will be prizes for the most inventive costumes, so make sure your child doesn’t leave it to the last minute! We are asking all participating students to contribute £1 for the event. The money raised will go towards filling our Primary and Secondary libraries with lovely new books. The deadline for payment is Monday 2nd March. The event is sure to be lots of fun and a great way for the whole school to celebrate our love of reading. As our students had a lot of questions about the event, below are answers to some frequently asked question that we hope will make things clear. •

Does my child have to take part? No, nobody has to take part. Students can come dressed in school uniform as usual, but it would be a shame and students are likely to feel a bit left out.

What are students allowed to wear and what is banned? The normal non-uniform rules apply, so no heels, no revealing clothing, no jewellery and no make-up. BUT face paint will be permitted if it is appropriate to the character. Hats can be worn, but must be removed during lessons.

Can my child come as comic book character? Yes, absolutely!

• Can my child come as a film character? Well, the day is really designed to celebrate books, not films. Of course, there is a lot of crossover these days. As a guideline, we would prefer characters that originate in books. 6  INA Newsletter

Can my child just turn up in casual clothing? Our policy is that students must be able to name the character they are dressed as.

We’d love for parents to get involved in costume-making! Below are a few ideas to get you started…

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ATTENDANCE 8  INA Newsletter

Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ educational development and ability to achieve their full potential. At Isaac Newton Academy every student is set the target of 100% attendance. Well done to 8A, 8E and 9N for achieving their 100% target for last week.. Last week form scores

7A 7C 7W 7S 7T 7I 7N 7E

98.4% 97.2% 96.6% 96.6% 95.1% 95.1% 92.4% 90.9%

8A 8E 8I 8S 8C 8T 8W 8N

100% 100% 97.7% 94.6% 94.9% 94.3% 93.5% 93.2%

9N 9C 9A 9E 9T 9I 9S 9W

100% 98.9% 98.4% 97.8% 97.2% 96.6% 94.6% 91.3%

Year Groups

Year 8 96%

Year 9 96.8%

Leanne Abbott-Jones Year 9 Pastoral Leader

Year 7 95.3%

Praise and Recognition


Students can receive merits for achievement, progress, contribution, or any of the BRIDGES dispositions. Last half term’s totals were as follows:

Year 7 A N I S C T W E

950 918 819 811 801 772 713 656

Year 8 E T N S A I C W

696 686 649 624 590 562 532 523

Year 9 W N S E T A C I

647 600 524 488 449 409 378 356

1 s t p l a c e : N ( 2 16 7 m e r i t s) 3 r d p l a c e : A ( 19 49 ) m e r i t s) It’s only five weeks until the next Awards Assembly – which certificate are you aiming for? What can you do to help your form stand a chance of winning the coveted merit award?

Jennifer Byrne Year 8 Pastoral Leader, i/c Praise and Recognition INA Newsletter 9

The Mathematics department would like to encourage all students to enter next week’s Mathematician of the Moment competition. Have a look at the problem below. Answers to be written on a Maths postcard to be placed in the Maths post box no later than 4.10pm on Wednesday 11th March. Good luck and may the best form win!!!

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YEAR 8 GIRLS’ NETBALL V CHADWELL The year 8 Netball team played away at Chadwell Heath on Wednesday night. Goals from Yewande and Aminah got INA off to a promising start but we unfortunately came under pressure in the 3rd and 4th quarters finishing with a defeat of 12-2. A noticeable performance from all the girls, but particularly Isra who showed continued determination and Team Captain Aniqa for an all-round great performance


INA Primary and Secondary phases are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers. These vouchers allow us to purchase sports equipment which will benefit both primary and secondary teaching. If you collect any of these then please ask your child to give them in to reception of either the primary school or the secondary school. Thanks you very much for your support 12  INA Newsletter

NEXT WEEKS EXTRA-CURRICULAR FIXTURES (week commencing Monday 2nd March) Year 7 Boys Football v Ilford County (H) - Monday Year 8 Boys Football v Ilford County (A) – Monday Year 8 Boys Football V Valentines – Wednesday Year 9 Netball V Loxford (A) – Wednesday Year 8 Netball V Loxford (H) - Wednesday





Table Tennis


Activity Studio



Sports Hall




Judo Club


Sports Hall



Sports Hall

Table tennis


Activity Studio



Stretch and Challenge


Sports Hall

Spring Spectacular practise and BH, EH, LAJ Sports Hall preparation THUR Fitness Club Judo Club FRI

Badminton club


Activity Studio


Sports Hall


Sports Hall

LUNCH - 1.00 - 1.30 DAY Tuesday WED





Seated Volleyball (Open TrB to everyone)

Activity Studio

“Raising the Bar”


Sports Hall




Year 7 and 8 Netball


Sports Hall

Year 7 Basketball Club (Open to everyone)


Sports Hall

Sports Hall


Activity Studio




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The BRIDGES focus for the fortnight Monday 2nd March – Friday 14th March is:

Open Mindedness and Curiosity

Michal Husain is a journalist and TV and radio news presenter. As a journalist she has to show openmindedness by listening to all points of view and not jumping to conclusions. She shows curiosity and a desire to explore and investigate news stories and question interviewees. Michal gained her first experience of journalism at the age of 18, as a reporter in Islamabad at Pakistan's English-language newspaper The News. Having graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Law and an interest in international law and human rights, Michal entered the European University Institute in Italy, where she earned her masters degree. Michal has since worked in a variety of roles, presenting the BBC’s Breakfast programme, and the BBC business news, News at Six and News at Ten and the Today programme on Radio 4. She was the BBC’s Washington correspondent, serving as the main news anchor through the build up to the invasion of Iraq and during the war. Michal has interviewed many high-profile figures during her career. Open Mindedness Being open to new experiences and ideas Behaviours Listening to all points of view, not jumping to conclusions, being willing to consider new ways of looking at things and trying new things. Curiosity A desire to investigate and find out more. Behaviours Asking questions e.g. I wonder why…? What if…? Actively and independently seeking answers, being enthusiastic about learning and viewing gaps in your knowledge as opportunities for development. Top tips Students As you are learning, record the questions that spring to mind so you can investigate them at another time. Read a book by a different author or a read a genre of book you have not explored before. Debate a news story or an issue you feel strongly about from the opposite viewpoint. Do some further research on a topic that you have studied in class. Parents Visit a museum or gallery with your son/daughter and discuss the items on display. Watch a topical news story together and talk about the different viewpoints expressed. Jo Spencer, Vice Principal 14  INA Newsletter

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e have enjoyed a busy first week back after the half term break and the children have shown their excitement in starting their new topic around ‘growth’ and their enrichment clubs this week. This is a short half term but a busy one, so please do check the various key dates below as some dates involve an early closure of the Primary. A ‘growth’ topic information sheet has been put into your child’s book bag to help you with ideas on how to support this half term along with information about the topic and what will be covered.

World Book Day – Thursday 5th March

World Book Day takes place on Thursday 5th March and to celebrate the day we would like everyone to dress up as a book character for the day. This may be the time when all those super heroes and princess costumes make their way into the classroom for the day.

P r imar

The children can wear a bought or home-made costume. Costumes can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish, however we must stress that the costume still needs to be practical enough for your child to participate in their everyday learning. It is important that your child is able to explain their character and who they are meant to be. Small prizes will be given to the most interesting or inventive characters on the day and a World Book Voucher will be given to every child to the value £1. The voucher can be used against the cost of a more expensive book at most leading book stores or be directly exchanged for a pre- selected number of books chosen for World Book Day, also available at leading book stores. For further information regarding the use of the vouchers and the books on offer, please visit the following website. We look forward to meeting our fantastic book characters next week.

Guided Reading

Please remember to bring your child’s ‘guided reading’ book back on the correct day. Your child also has a home record book for you to write your comments about your child’s reading and progress. You could also include any extension activities that you may have done with the book too. Thank you for your support. If in the rare event a book is lost or damaged, we will ask parents/ carers to pay for the cost of replacing the book. 16  INA Newsletter

Exciting Learning this Week!

Our baking enrichment club looks very yummy!

Whilst the boys were digging outside the girls were building a castle! Planting sunflower seeds – let’s hope they grow! Helping to set up the new role play area – ‘the gardening centre’!

Class Ambassadors Every half term we award two children from each class the honour of being the class ambassador. Each class teacher has chosen two children from their class to represent them over the course of the half term to welcome visitors to their class and explain some of their learning to them along with helping the staff with other special jobs. A purple pin badge will be presented to the ambassadors in assembly which will need to be worn on their uniform every day. Certificates will be given to the children who have represented their class last half term and we thank them for their work in their role. Well done and congratulations to the following pupils who have been chosen as ambassadors for this half term: Curie Class – Tulsi Jogia & Imani Salim Maxwell Class – Tay’Shawn Holland & Siya Kamothi Newton Class – Mariam Chowdhury & Mason La Penna INA Newsletter 17

Enrichment We have got off to a flying start with our enrichment programme this week; every parent will have received a letter informing them of their child’s club. If you have any queries regarding this, then please do not hesitate to call the office staff. Every child is expected to participate in one enrichment club each week; this is an all-though school expectation. The current enrichment programme will run for the duration of the half term. Towards the end of the half term another letter will be sent home updating you on the club choices in preparation for your child to choose an alternative club after the Easter break. It is important that the children have the opportunity to try different activities over the course of the year and to also understand the commitment of working for a number of weeks on one club for them to progress and improve their skills.

Day Club Monday 4.00Football 5.00pm

Lead By Ms Mackay & Ms Harris

Tuesday 4.00Judo 5.00

Heart of Oak Judo Club

Tuesday 4.005.00 Tuesday 4.005.00 Thursday 4.00- 5.00 Thursday 4.00 – 5.00 Friday 4.00 – If your child is staying for a club, they are supervised 5.00 between 3.45- 4.00pm to help then get changed into their PE kits if it is required for their activity and to be offered a light snack of fruit and water before their enrichment begins.

IT Club

Ms Ali

Cooking Club

Ms McKernan & Ms Brown

Disney Arts & Ms Kourris crafts Just Dance

Ms Uddin


Ms Broadway

Gardening Enrichment Club

As well as the after school enrichment clubs that will be running, Ms Rayner and Ms Heywood have kindly offered to run a gardening enrichment club at lunchtimes. At some point over the course of the year every child will have the opportunity to work with them. In keeping with our habit of being resourceful, they have asked if any parents/carers might be able to help with the following items:

Gardening • • • • • • • • • •

Empty tin cans (as long as there are no sharp edges) Large plastic containers– anything that we can recycle and use to grow plants in Old plant pots A bin – preferably large Netting Compost Veg/fruit seed/cuttings Hand fork Hand trowel Gardening gloves

Scarecrow • • • • • •

Old broom/we need the stick Men’s black waistcoat Pet Straw/bedding String/cotton Old buttons Men’s gloves

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Well done to the following pupils who have been nominated for the Headteacher’s Lunch for next Thursday, 5th March. An invitation will be given to the children during our Friday Celebration and Awards Assembly: Miguel Genov Swara Kinhikar Arissa Isha-Butt Haidar Shaikh Ria Jethwa Rohin Ronson Hamna Adil Every week each teacher chooses two children from their class to receive a certificate in assembly, one in recognition of a child demonstrating our BRIDGES habit of the week, and the other in recognition of a pupil’s academic effort throughout the week. Well done to the following children, who have been recognised this week!

Curie Class: Yanis Benjamin – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing grit and determination in becoming more independent – Yanis is now a zip master!) Zaynul Bagwan – Scholar of the Week (for working hard and sharing his ideas during class discussions.) Maxwell Class: Arsal Anjum – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for trying really hard to use his phonetic knowledge to write instructions on how to plant a seed.) Kisa Fatima – Scholar of the Week (for learning and applying a range of key vocabulary to describe the position of an object in maths.) Newton Class:

Primary Praise and Recognition

Headteacher’s Lunch

Arjun Bihal – Headteacher’s Habits Award (for showing grit and being determined to work and try hard during lessons.) Mariam Chowdhury – Scholar of the Week (for working so hard and producing fantastic work and always trying the extension work in her lessons.) INA Newsletter 19

At Isaac Newton Academy every student is set the target of 100% attendance. The class with the highest attendance at the end of every week is awarded the attendance trophy during Friday’s Award & Recognition assembly. Curie








Well done to Curie Class; you are the winners this week with a staggering 100%- this is a fantastic achievement!! I hope that you can keep it up!!

It is important that the children attend school every day and do not miss any learning. Thank you for your support in ensuring your child is at school every day. 20  INA Newsletter


Regular attendance is a crucial factor in students’ educational development and ability to achieve their full potential.

"We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Isaac Newton

BRIDGES are habits of mind or learning characteristics that develop a pupil's character and learning power and enable him/her to grow into a well-rounded individual and resilient learner. There are seven BRIDGES habits that we will be working on, which will rotate on a weekly cycle throughout the year. The BRIDGES habit of the week will always be introduced at the beginning of the week during the Monday assembly and reinforced throughout the week across the curriculum. Each class teacher will award a certificate to a pupil that they feel has demonstrated the BRIDGES focus for the week. Each week we will update you on the BRIDGES habit that will be introduced in the coming week and offer some top tips on how to reinforce the habit at home too. Please also refer to the Primary BRIDGES wheel above Week commencing 2nd March – Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence Displaying habits of curiosity, open-mindedness, enthusiasm, energy, noticing, imagining and creativity. At home and school: Displaying habits of listening, empathy, collaboration, sociability, reflectiveness, understanding & openness At school we are always giving the message about treating others in the way we would like to be treated in return. When a child hurts someone or makes a poor behaviour choice, it is important that they reflect on their behaviour and, if another person is involved, that they apologise to them. Having consistent boundaries between home and school is very important. The children are always learning the hard lesson of how to share; at school we always emphasise the need to share the resources, toys and what it means to wait and allow one person some time to use something before someone else is allowed a turn. At times in school we use a sand timer to visually demonstrate that the children are each given a fair amount of time with resources. We are certainly getting better at this skill but having this reinforced at home would go a long way to help Tam Broadway, Head of Primary INA Newsletter 21

Parent Information Board A Message from Ms Kourris

I will be changing some of the children’s guided reading groups around next week. Please would every child bring in their book bag and guided reading book. Many thanks!.

Free Family Fitness Sessions P.A.L.A.C.E (Physical Activity and Lifestyle Advantages for Community Enrichment) has secured some funding from The London Mayor's Free Sport for London to offer Family Fitness activities. P.A.L.A.C.E have delivered various activities at Isaac Newton Academy, namely Women’s Basketball (Wednesday evening) and Keep fit sessions (Monday evenings) and have identified a need for women with young children (aged 5-11) who want to exercise/keep fit. Saturday 7th March 10.00am-11am Saturday 14th March 10.00am-11am Saturday 21st March 10.00am-11am For further details please contact on either: Mobile: 07795 064 116 or Email:

Future Key Dates & Events

Thursday 5th March World Book Day Wednesday 11th March Parents’ Maths Mastery Workshop 6.00 –7.00pm Tuesday 31st March Primary Parents’ Day/ Evening – Early School Finish at 12.00pm Monday 1st April Easter Egg Hunt (further details to follow) Thursday 2nd April End of Term Praise & Recognition Celebration (further details to follow) The Primary will close at 1.40pm for the Easter break

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Primary Reminders Wisepay Details


• Schools starts at is important that your child arrives on time every day so that the teachers can start the lesson promptly. The school gate will be open from 8.25 and will close at 8.45. • If your child comes to school wearing boots, they must have their regular school shoes to change into in their bag please. • Your child must be wearing the correct style of school shoes, no trainers – if you are unsure about the style, the office staff will help you and have pictures of the shoes which are considered part of our uniform. • If any of your details have changed e.g.. your address or phone number – please ensure you contact the office to inform us, so that we can update our records. • We expect every child to be in full uniform every day. • Please ensure your child attends school every day and on time. If your child is sick then you must call the office to let us know by 8.15am.

Wisepay details have been given to everyone now, which will allow you to order uniform items and also to book a place for ‘Breakfast Club’ or ‘After School Club’. If you experience any problems, please contact Ms Rayner Breakfast Club & After School Club who will be If you would like to book your child in for a place for either happy to help

Breakfast Club or After School Club, you can make bookings through the Wisepay facilities, if you need any further help in doing this; please contact either Ms Rayner or Ms Heywood, who will be more than happy to help you. Breakfast is available each day from 7.45am and costs just £2 per day. The children enjoy a range of cereals, toast and different topping, juice or milk and fruit. Any child attending must be brought to the main reception area by 8.20am at the latest. After School Club runs from 3.45pm – 6.00pm and costs just £5 per hour. The children enjoy a range of snacks each evening and a variety of games and activities Tam Broadway, Head of Primary

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Key Dates for 2015 Spring Term Saturday 28th February Saturday Stretch: Languages Wednesday 3rd March Year 7 Road Safety presentation Wednesday 4th March Rugby Sevens (Year 8) Thursday 5th March World Book Day (Dressing up as book characters) Friday 6th March Year 9 Science Live Trip Saturday 7th March Saturday Stretch: Maths Tuesday 10th March Year 9 Maths exam Wednesday 11th March Rugby Sevens (Year 9) 6pm Harkness Parent Workshop Thursday 12th March Year 9 Trip to Othello at the Globe Bocia Youth Games Friday 13th March ARK Mega Maths Wrangle Thursday 19th March Maths Relay Wednesday 25th March HPV vaccines Performing Arts Spring Spectacular Thursday 26th March ARK Debating Championships Tuesday 31st March Year 7 Progress Meetings (during the day). No lessons for Years 7 & 9 students Progress Meetings for parents of Reception students (no afternoon lessons for primary students) Wednesday 1st April Secondary Big Band competition Thursday 2nd April Secondary Awards Assemblies & End of Term. Students finish at lunchtime. Summer Term Monday 20th April - Tuesday 21st July Tuesday 21st April Parent workshop about Growth Mindset 6pm Tuesday 30th April Year 8 Shaking Up Shakespeare performance Year 7 Three Musketeers performance Wednesday 6th May Year 7 Sunday Skills and Revision Workshop Parent workshop on Applying to University 6pm Wednesday 13th May BRIDGES Mentoring pm (no afternoon lessons in the secondary school) Thursday 14th May Year 7s trip to Rochester Friday 15th May Year 7s trip to Rochester Monday 25th May Residential trip to Barcelona Half Term: Monday 25 – Friday 29 May 2015 Staff Training Days: Friday 26th June, & Friday 3rd July

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Term Dates for 2015-16 Autumn Term Monday 7th September - Friday 18th December Half Term 26th - 30th October Spring Term Monday 4th January - Thursday 24th March Half Term 15th - 19th February Summer Term Monday 11th April - Wednesday 20th July Half Term 30th May - 3rd June INSET days to be decided

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