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July 2012

Dear Parents, What an amazing year this has been! We are so very proud of the achievements of our students across our College and the many community events in which they have been involved this year. It has always been our ambition to set Rye College at the heart of our community and this year, we have certainly tried! This newsletter is filled with news of this term’s activities. I am grateful to my colleagues for the commitment they give to offer so many very special experiences for our students. The term has ended with brilliant news for Rye College and for our community. The DfE has approved our application to set up a Studio School in Rye that will focus upon the Creative Industries. It will be one of only 30 Studio Schools in the country, giving young people in Rye access to post 16 education that will be the envy of the region, putting Rye well and truly on the map. Next term, we shall be telling you more about our plans for the Studio School, which is due to open in September 2013.

Olympic Torch Lights Up Rye 2012 has given us the opportunity to work with others in our town, across the country and internationally in pursuing the values that underpin the Olympic hopes and dreams: respect, friendship and excellence. Our work with Paralympic champions and disabled artists has opened young people’s hearts and minds and inspired a deep understanding of the courage and determination that is needed to reach one’s goals. The Olympic torch’s arrival in Rye on Wednesday July 18th gave us an opportunity to celebrate this work and made a fantastic end to the year. A celebration shared with thousands of others lining the streets of Rye. Over 1000 children took part in this event from Rye College, nine partner primary schools and the Pugwash nursey. Such teamwork, creativity energy and enthusiasm from our young people can only bode well for the future.

Ann Cockerham - Principal

Summer Concert Photo Special Page 8 Olympic Torch Photo Special Pages 6 & 7

Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at Brighton University Pictured is the Rye College team at the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry held at the Brighton University on June 13th. The small, specially selected team of Holly Eldridge & Marcus Popple in Yr 7 with Isabel Wall & Jade Ryding in Yr 8 were set a series of challenges by the University involving team work, communication skills, creativity and, of course, chemistry. All the work took place in an impressive University Chemistry laboratory and was followed by a jaw dropping display of what chemistry can do by the University’s Dr Hal involving many flashes, bangs and colour changes. Have you ever seen a boat float on nothing? The whole team had a great day out with prizes given at the end!

Rye Society of Artists Award 2012 for Outstanding Work

Jazz Festival Discount!

Rye Society of Artists showed their support of the young artists graduating from Rye College by visiting the end of year show held in the school hall this week. The society generously donated prizes to acknowledge the outstanding achievement of the young people that have studied Art and Photography for GCSE for the past two years. Chairman Peter Greenhalf and artist Richard Adams were amazed at the high standard of work by all students but were primarily impressed by the paintings, prints, photographs and films and selected students Harry Allum, Emily Dickinson and Kate Bruce to receive top prizes whilst Jordan Seabrook, Alex Cooke and Kaleb Markham were noted as Highly Commended. Rye College Art Department were delighted by the support of the Arts Society and Assistant Principal, Jo Townshend would like to thank all of the members for the recognition of the creative talent of the young people graduating this summer. “I hope that our students are inspired by the support of the Rye Society of Artists and will look to exhibiting their artworks at the prestigious Society as their careers develop”. Pictured above are Richard Adams and Peter Greenhalf handing over a generous cheque to Rye College Art Department represented by Lauren Loveless, Stuart Chester and Jo Townshend at a preview of the exhibition.

You will notice that in the mailout you have received from us there is the adjoining flyer for the Rye Jazz Festival. There is a 10% discount for any parent who books online - simply enter discount code ‘RJF10Y’ when booking - Enjoy!

Police Schools Officer Hello, my name is PC Gaynor Oakensen and I am the police schools officer covering Rye College. My role is to deliver inputs in lesson time about personal safety and the law and I also work with the school to deal with any incidents. There are numerous ways to contact me and they are listed below; PC Gaynor Oakensen DO191 Neighbourhood Schools Officer - Battle, Neighbourhood Policing Team Tel:101 Ext: 65261 Mob: 07787685693 Email: Twitter: @Battle_Police I am now also on Facebook as PC Gaynor Oakensen DO191. Sussex Police feel that it is vital to engage with young people outside of school time!

Josh’s Sponsored Bike Ride Back in April, Rye College’s J o s h u a James raised £185.00 for IFAW. He cycled from Rye through to Winchelsea Beach and through Rye Harbour, a total of approximately 10 miles! He has raised over £1000.00 so far for his favourite charities and plans to raise more through future events. Rye College would like to congratulate Josh on all his kind work and to wish him all the very best in his future events.

National Final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee “On the 6th July, Connie Wheeler took part in the National Final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee in Cambridge. Connie was fantastic calm, clear and very smart, I was bursting with pride for her and for Rye College. The standard was amazingly high and competition was really tough and unfortunately she didn't get in to the medals. Connie made the top 20 but only the top 4 got told their rankings. There were over 30,000 entries nationally and Connie was one of four representing the South East of England, people had come from Cornwall, Manchester, Newcastle - all over! The whole event was very smart and the students were all congratulated lots on being the best in their regions. We had a special Spelling Bee cake and Spelling Bee biscuits, lots of praise and treats and it was brilliant that Rye College were part of it. We will use Connie and the rest of the team who did so well this year to train the new Year 7 for the next event. Bring on next year!” A. Clayton - Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Ardeche 2012 - Review

“A group of 40 students, two Rye College staff and three accompanying adults travelled to the South of France on a water sports based activity trip between 21st and 29th June 2012. The trip has now been running 17 years and yet again proved to be an outstanding success. PGL have enormous experience organising these types of adventure trips and I have never been able to fault the manner in which they organise, instruct, entertain and enthuse the students. A few adjustments are made to the trip each year to further the fabulous opportunities the students experience, and to ensure that a number of objectives, which are an integral part of a residential visit, are met. These objectives were; for the students to enjoy participating in outdoor activities and adopt a positive attitude to challenges and adventures. To increase students confidence and self-esteem. To develop and demonstrate communication, problem solving, leadership and teamwork skills. To acquire a range of activity

related skills. To develop self-awareness and general social skills. To experience a foreign environments, language and culture. To help fulfil requirements for GCSE and BTEC PE. This year was no exception and

all of these objectives were thoroughly met. After an overnight journey through France we arrived for breakfast at our first destination - Ardeche Gorge; Segries. The morning was spent settling in to the tented villages and being introduced to the centre staff. We also had a brief ramble around the village of Vallon. Throughout the three days on the river, students are taught the various canoeing techniques required to tackle powerful Ardeche rapids and swim in underground caves! Safety is of paramount importance and this is given a very high profile at all times. Over the three days the party canoed down the river, returning each evening to the centre at Segries for more activities and enjoyment. The overall descent is about 37km in length. It was quite wonderful to witness the sense of achievement on students’ faces at the end of the trip. Something they will remember forever! On the 25th June we set off for our second destina-

tion; the PGL site near Beziers on the Mediterranean. The team exercises here included; windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaking, banana boating, pico sailing and raft building. We also had a day excursion to a water sports theme park in Cap D’agde, which as always, proved to be a real highlight for many. The final activity on the last day was a session on the climbing and abseiling tower, before finally leaving for home on 28th June. The students involved this year were a mix in term of their background yet every student showed a tremendously positive attitude and discovered things about themselves throughout our time in France. PGL staff always inform us that we “are a pleasure to teach!” and other compliments abound. The students were a credit to themselves, to the staff who accompanied them on the trip and to the College, and I was very proud to be with them”. J. Naylor - Party Organiser

Town Sports Athletics At this year’s annual Town Sports Athletics competition we won 15 medals. Gold medals were won by defending champion Lewis Carpenter in the Year 8 boys 100m and Tom Barling-Gasson in the Year 7 triple jump. Well done to the whole team for a great performance.

News from the P.E. Department Sport Relief

Sussex Schools Games

Rye College raised £184.75 for Sport Relief by swimming a mile in fancy dress. Well done to all those who took part!

On Tuesday 3rd July the College was represented at the inaugural Sussex Schools Games, held at the K2 Sports Centre in Crawley, by our Yr. 8 basketball team, Bloco band and dancers and Senior Sports Ambassadors. The Yr.8 8 basketball team, representing Rother and Hastings as area champions, performed with distinction in the County Finals. Highlights were an emphatic win over Browborough Beacon College and a narrow 1 point loss to eventual County Champions Dorothy Stringer. Bloco opened and closed the day energetically performing to over 1500 competitors accompanied by Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville. As part of the Sussex School Games Cultural Olympiad Jack Cooper’s entry of photographs taken at our Primary Multi-Skill festival won him the bronze medal for the category.

Partner Primary Schools Mini Olympics Primary Schools in the Rye were getting set for the Olympics when we hosted a week of Mini-Olympics Athletics Festivals in July. The even was held as part of the World Sports Day and National School Sport Week celebrations. Each day, throughout the week, a different year group attended an afternoon of Quad Kids athletic activities. Pupils from Rye CP, Brede, St Michael’s-Playden, Peasmarsh, Beckley, Icklesham, Guestling Bradshaw and St Thomas’, Winchelsea participated in the games, dressed as their themed countries. The event was run by a committee of Year 10 Sports Ambassadors, as part of their sports leadership training. These students were assisted by a further ninety Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students, who acted as guides, recorders, track judges, field judges and mentors. They helped to run a Mini 2012 Quadrathlon consisting of ’Vortex Howler’ throw, standing long jump, 40-75 metre sprint and a 200-600 metre distance run depending on age. The afternoons concluded with all children receiving participation certificates, as well as medallists from each of the, up to 31 activity groups, being presented with gold, silver and bronze medals on a Union Flag emblazoned podium. The week was a fantastic success for visiting primary pupils and Rye College student hosts. It fully encompassed the Olympic spirit and helped raise awareness of the forthcoming games and the values of both Olympic and Paralympic competition.

Partner Schools Cricket Festival The annual Rye College Partner School’s Kwik Cricket tournament took place at Rye Cricket Salts on 11th July. 11 teams from our 7 local partner primary schools took part in the day long competition. The competition was run by Yr. 7 to 10 students from the College cricket teams and Junior Sports Leaders programme, as part of their leadership and citizenship curriculum. The students worked superbly in teams to umpire, score and support/coach the primary children in a total of 24 matches. In an exciting finale, in what was decided off the last ball, Beckley ‘A’ beat Guestling ‘B’ by 7 runs with a score of 246 for 1 wicket to Guestling’s 239 for 2 wickets.

Rye College Prom On Thursday 5th July, Year 11 students said a final farewell to staff and each other at their leavers’ prom in the new Montgomerie Suite at Bannatynes Hotel Spa. Some students were unrecognisable, following their makeovers and transformations in to tuxedos and stunning dresses. Students voted for various awards, which were presented on the evening. James Hollands and Giorgia Moran were announced as well deserved Prom King and Queen.

News from the Maths Department As the academic year draws to a close the Maths Department can reflect on another successful year. We would like to congratulate Yr. 11 on achieving considerable success in their Maths GCSE. Already before we have the results from our June entry we know that this will be our most successful year yet as over 70% of the College have achieved grade C or better in either the November or March exam windows. Their hard work in class combined with excellent attendance at after school and holiday revision sessions has paid off and is an example to all other years. We have continued to enter our most able students in to the United Kingdom Maths Trust Challenges. Notable success was achieved by the following in the Intermediate Challenge for year 9, 10 and 11: Imogen Reeves - Best in School Gold Certificate (qualified for Pink Kangagroo follow on event receiving a Merit award). Nathan Knight, James Goodsell and Patrick Cradock all received Gold Certificates. Joe Lovell received a Silver Certificate. Rachel Coombes, Phil Bass, Harriet Hambridge, Harry Allum, Grace Baker, Shem Katz, Jacob Hopkins, Charlie Upjohn and Sam Sharp all received Bronze Certificates. Of those in year 7 and 8 who entered for the Junior Challenge, the following were rewarded: Dillon Piggott - Best in School & Best in Year Gold Certificate. Thomas Pickering - Best in Year Silver Certificate. Esther Seal, Louis Duvoisin, Mia Jackson, Lewis Carpenter, Isobel Riggs, Jack Turner, Keavy Carder, Lucas Phillip, Oliver Finch and received Bronze Certificates. We have continued to organise and run Junior Maths Master Classes in conjunction with the Royal Institution,

selected students from each of our feeder schools were invited to join together to attend seven sessions aimed at introducing them to a number of Mathematical topics outside of the National Curriculum. I am grateful to those who gave up their free time to deliver a session and in particular to Amy Hooker from the Royal Institute who came down from London to do a special presentation for the students. I cannot let this item finish without giving a special mention to Yr. 11 student Imogen Reeves. This extremely gifted young lady has some remarkable achievements to look back on. As well as achieving nearly full marks in her Maths GCSE, she also has an Additional Maths Higher Level grade A and has just completed her GCE A2 level where because of the modules already taken, is looking forward to attaining at least an A grade. Many congratulations and we look forward to hearing about the future success your undoubted talent deserves. Mr Morris - Head of Maths

Rye College Community Learning Open Evening Wednesday 19th September 6:00pm - 8:00pm Choose your course for 2012/13. Courses include: Ballroom Dancing, Cookery for all, Digital Photography, French, Healthy Eating, Pottery, Spanish, Tracing you Family Tree, Yoga and Zumba. A selection of free courses are also available: Computing for beginners, Makaton and GCSE Maths. All courses will run on Wednesday evenings although times will vary. Contact Therese Croft: 01797 222545 (opt. 6)

Olympic Torch Lights Up Rye Rye College, accompanied by 9 local primary schools, Pugwash Nursery and students from Berck, France, set the streets alight with music, colour and 100 flags on the Olympic Torch Relay on Wednesday 18th July.

45 Years of Loyal Service The Rye Grammar School Exhibition Foundation Governors recently congratulated Mrs Anne Mair on 45 years of loyal service as a governor of Rye’s secondary school. Jo Kirkham, Chair of Rye Grammar School Exhibition Governors said; “Mrs Mair has been a committed and much valued governor, who has supported the success of generations of young people in Rye. We are very grateful to her for her loyal service and for the passion she shares to see young people locally succeed”. Pictured are Jo Kirkham, Chair of Rye Grammar School Exhibition Foundation Governors (left), Anne Mair (right) and Ann Cockerham, Principal of Rye College (middle).

Importance of Contact Details We would like to remind parents/guardians of the importance of keeping the school up to date with any changes in your contact telephone numbers. It is important that the school have up to date telephone numbers particularly mobiles so that we can get in touch quickly should the need arise. Please pass any changes to Reception.

De La Warr Pavilion Summer Workshops Big Art Club / Tue 14 - Thurs 16 August / 10:00am - 4:00pm Hang on, I’ve had an idea! Working with artist Sheridan Quigley, you will take inspiration from the work on the roof by artist Richard Wilson. We will think about what it takes to have an idea and turn it in to something real. Using drawing, painting, model making, working as a team as well as individually, we will create large sculptures over three days of fun and inventive thinking. £65.00 for three days / ages 8 - 12 / Includes free sketchbook DLWP Film Club / Mon 6 - Fri 10 August / 10:00am - 4:00pm Do you have a passion for acting or filmmaking? Come and join producer Nick Pilton and create your own films in this week-long course. You will have the opportunity to have fun and develop your skills in acting, script writing, filming, sound and lighting or directing. £100.00 for five days / ages 13 - 19 / Booking essential

The Carnegie Medal - 2012 Award Andrew Carnegie was an extremely successful businessman who devoted his time to writing and worth causes during his retirement. Carnegie believed people could improve themselves through hard work and education. He donated half his wealth to worthy causes and established 2500 public libraries throughout the world. The Carnegie Medal is Britain’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book award. It is awarded annually by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals for ‘outstanding writing in a children’s book’. The winner of The Carnegie Medal is always announced in June at a ceremony in London. A panel of 12 children’s librarians decide both the shortlist and the winner. Thousands of school children across the UK take part in shadowing the judging process. The groups read and work on the short listed books and decide who they think should win. This year at Rye College, 19 students took part in the Carnegie Award and we voted for the book that resulted in being the winner overall nationally. This book was ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness - the tale of Connor O’Malley, a 13 year old boy who is repeatedly visited by a monster while his mother is dying. Our second favourite was ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’ by Annabel Pitcher and our third favourite was ‘Between Shades of Grey’ by Ruth Septys. Dianah Bennett - LRC Manager

1066 Tigers At the beginning of May, Jack Cooper (pictured bottom row, second left) travelled to Gloucester with his team mates to take part in the 2012 Team Gym British Championships. Jack is part of the 1066 Tigers team and the boys, aged eleven to sixteen, qualified in top place in their catergory for the finals. The team made their bid for the title and performed very well. We are delighted that Jack and his team won their category and were crowned Junior Men’s Team Gym British Champions. The team will perform again in front of a selection panel in the coming weeks to qualify to become the team to represent their category at the European Championships in Denmark this October. Ann Cockerham, Principal said; “we are very proud of Jack’s achievements and wish him and his team all the very best of luck”.

Hofesh Shechter Dance Company at Rye College The critically acclaimed Hofesh Shechter Dance Company were hosting at Rye College on Friday 1st June 2012. They performed extracts from two of their dance works ‘Uprising’ and ‘Political Mother’ for 300 Yr 9 and 10 students before delivering dance and music workshops. The aim of the workshops was for the dancers from the company to work with many young people ranging from entirely inexperienced in dance and music to those who are already in training schemes to work professionally themselves. Having been inspired by the amazing performance of the dancers, the workshops were a huge success with every student finding an aspect that they were able to fully engage with and leaving school for the June half-term buzzing with excitement at what they had achieved. The day was organised by the Head of Dance at Rye College in collaboration with East Sussex Arts Partnership. Students and staff alike agreed that it was an extremely worthwhile experience for all who took part, especially as there was also the opportunity to attend a full length free performance by the company on the evening of Saturday 9th June at the Stade in the Hastings Old Town.

Summer Showcase Year 10 GCSE Performing Arts students mounted a Summer Showcase in the Saville Studios on Friday 6th July. Around 50 Dance and Drama students entertained a hundred strong audience of family and friends. The event programme included items from Junior and Senior Dance Companies, the Mon & Weds after college Drama clubs, the lunchtime Rye College Glee Club along with GCSE Drama pieces. Students from yr. 7 to 10 worked together to create a polished performance which ranged in style & genre enabling students to display sensible naturalistic acting skills or contemporary dance techniques as well as comedy sketches. The Glee Club led the whole company in a energetic finale of the popular Grease Mega Mix. Congratulations to the following students for taking responsibility for the front of house, stage management, wardrobe, programme + ticket design and box office: Ilona Dearden, Lydia Gilbert, Jesse Dudley, Mattie Rule, Natalie Dieti, Bobby March, Lowena West, Carrie Bryant, Georgie Scaulon Coutts and Anouska Armstrong Smith. These students have been assessed as part of their Performing Arts GCSE course yet again proving they can achieve the highest standards of professional conduct to progress their portfolios.

News from the Music Department September: Here at Rye College we are very proud of the reputation we have established in providing our students with excellent weekly instrumental music tuition. Our students have an opportunity to learn electric guitar, bass guitar, piano, electric keyboard, flute, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, drums, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, singing, In September we saw a record number of Year 7 students [over 50] take up weekly music lessons taking the number to over 250; the largest number of weekly instrumental lessons in East Sussex schools. October: Following the tradition of music trips to world class theatres, October saw Queen fans [both students and parents alike] head to The Dominion Theatre in London’s West End to see ‘We Will Rock You’. Our students had superb seats and had a great night out. The show is a ‘must see’ for all die hard Queen fans. Go and see it! November: With Jessie J riding high in the charts and her song ‘PRICE TAG’ now firmly established as a pop standard, this concert sold out in an amazing 48 hours here at Rye College. Our students enjoyed a great night out at the Brighton Centre returning to Rye at midnight, tired and throats hoarse, due to a 2 hour sing-a-long at the Brighton Centre. Brilliant stuff. December: Over 100 students head to Earls Court for the Channel 4/T4 Pop Party of The Year broadcast LIVE on Channel 4. Christmas Concert over two evenings in the Main Hall. Two beautiful evenings of outstanding music performances from students. Festive music mingled with class pieces and some great individual performances. Each year we are invited by The Mayors office to perform at his private Christmas party at the Town Hall. This is a real honour and our choir gave superb performances of festive music for the VIPS and dignitaries present. March: Tipped for the top boyband ‘LAWSON’ came to Rye College. Within two months their debut single was Top 5 and America now beckons. The boys played two shows for our students in the Main Hall which was packed out from balcony to floor and then made a hasty escape from the hoards of screaming fans. Ones to watch! April: BIMM OPEN DAY - BRIGHTON. For many years we have worked in partnership with the Brighton Institute of Modern Music [BIMM]. Each November BIMM staff visit Rye College to give a talk and a music demonstration for our students. We then reciprocate the gesture and attend their open day in Brighton which allows the students to meet the tutors, learn more about the different courses and get a general feel of the place. This modern day rock school has become the choice for all our budding rock and pop

The Next Step... We are very proud that many of our students have left Rye College and gone on to further study music at BIMM as well as local colleges in East Sussex and Kent . Our BIMM glittering alumni includes many students who, whilst here at Thomas Peacocke Community College/Rye College, made an enormous contribution to the music life of the school and graced the stage starring in many concerts. These include Andrew Mersh, Oscar Ellis, Jack Munro, Charlie Jefferson, Alex Newman, Calum Munro and Luke Olney to name just a few. And this year - though we lose the wonderfully gifted Jess Collingwood and Giorgia Moran - we are so proud that both students have been accepted to continue their music studies at BIMM, whilst another very gifted student, Dudley Woodwright will also continue his studies with Music AS Level at a local college. Indeed, bright futures for all.

News from the Music Department May: Clement Marfo & The Frontline arrived at Rye College and pandemonium broke out. With their single ‘Champion’ used for the UEFA Champions League Final, their debut single entering the Top 10 and the band fully booked for the festival season , the future is looking good! ‘An Evening of Song’ is our third annual event hosted to showcase students’ London College of Music exams which are taken in June. The evening celebrates the art of the song, featuring classics from the songbooks of Lerner & Lowe, Rodgers & Hammerstein II, Gershwin, Bacharach & David, Lennon & McCartney and many other great songwriters. Not only is it an opportunity for students to experience performing in front of a live audience but it also introduces them to understanding the craft of a great song. June: For two days we had a senior music examination officer from the London College of Music in the music department. After working very hard with tutors Matthew Juckes and Anneliese Dale, over 50 of our students took their London College of Music exams in Saxophone, Flute, Popular Music singing and Music Theatre. We are delighted that of all the entries, we had 23 distinctions, 24 merits and 5 passes. Three of our senior students; Eleanor Mason, Giorgia Moran and Jess Collingwood achieved their Grade 6, Grade 6 and Grade 7 respectively. July: The Summer Concert featured outstanding performances from over 160 students. We said goodbye to our Year 11 students who have made an enormous contribution to music at Rye College over the last five years and they will be missed...Jess Collingwood, Giorgia Moran, Holly Kooij, Sam Scott, Harry Scott, Archie Barnes, Abigail Smith, Emily Dickinson, Lauren Clark, Dudley Woodwright, Eleanor Mason, Patrick Craddock, Amy Saunders, Rebecca Fletcher, Rachel Coombes, Melissa Ellis and Imogen Reeves.

Music Legends to Play at Rye Jazz Festival Lady Gaga Live in Concert The hottest ticket in town? Lady Gaga at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 9th September. Tickets are selling faster than Wonka Bars so if you’d like to see this pop phenomenon then we have few remaining seats available. To secure your concert ticket and seat on the coach then contact the Music Department for further details. For those of you lucky enough to have got your tickets then final travel information shall be available in the FIRST WEEK when you return in September. SIGN UP NOW!!!

Considered by many as the first rock ‘Supergroup’ in history, CREAM consisted of Ginger Baker on drums, Eric Clapton on guitar and Jack Bruce on bass. On August 25th here at Rye College Ginger Baker shall be giving a DRUM MASTERCLASS before giving an evening performance with his new band ’Jazz Confusion’. This is a must-see opportunity for ALL our drum students here at Rye College to attend and learn from the master! On August 26th at The George in Rye, bass legend Herbie Flowers [T.Rex, David Bowie, George Harrison, Lou Reed] shall be hosting a musical ‘brunch’. Not to be missed! For details of these great events please visit

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