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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM CHSG Carshalton High School for Girls Newsletter December 2016

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From the Headteacher Wow, what a term! It has been hugely exciting in so many ways, but also extremely challenging in others. We began with a fantastic foundation to go in to the new academic year with a brilliant set of examination results in the summer securing our best ever at both A Level and GCSE. We then had the disrupted start to the term with building works over-running and this certainly posed a number of difficulties in trying to keep the school running normally. However, eventually most work was completed and we’ve taken possession of J, D and S blocks. What remains is the completion of the field and for follow-up works to be completed in the sports hall and changing rooms. We have been using the outdoor multi-use games area, which is marked out for netball, but will need more lines laid once the weather warms up in the spring, but is a fantastic new facility. We also have a cafe area being fitted in to the Sixth Form block in January which is being sponsored by our catering company, Harrisons, and we are grateful for their valuable contribution. Whilst there have been some challenges with the new build and it has not all been smooth with regard to handover, it has been hugely exciting for the students and staff and the difference in terms of the learning environment is amazing. It has been a 10 year wait but it has been worth it! This term has been packed with activities, trips and opportunities for students outside of the classroom. Everything students have been involved in is highlighted either in the newsletters or on the school website. I hope you regularly log in to get a flavour. I am immensely grateful to the staff who give up so much of their time to set up these opportunities. There have been some huge successes in some of the competitions students have taken part in. Well done to all the students who have made us very proud. This term also saw the implementation of several new policies and all have had a very positive impact. Firstly, the standard of uniform has been fantastic, with only a handful of students having to be isolated for non-compliance. Our new Senior Leadership Team Homework Club has been successful in raising the profile of the importance of homework with the very small minority of students who were not regularly completing it. Finally, the new behaviour policy with increased, faster communication with parents to discuss any issue that arises has also had a very positive impact. Behaviour around the school has been outstanding and the small number of students who have done anything outside of our standards or expectations have been sanctioned quickly and effectively. Our Year 11, 12 and 13 students recently sat their Pre-Public Examinations and are to be commended on their attitude. We move in to a difficult period for these year groups with new examinations. Year 11 face more rigorous examinations in English and Maths

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with letter grades being replaced with numbers. Guidance on how these numbers will compare with the previous grades is limited and it is difficult to predict, but we are working hard with other schools and through our membership of the PiXL (Partnership In Excellence) network to do everything we can to support our students. Year 12 and 13 are moving gradually to linear examinations and again, as this will be the first year of this type of examination, we wait to see how these will be marked in comparison with previous years. Talking of the Sixth Form, our Sixth Form Open Evening was really well attended and we have received a record number of applications for September 2017. This followed our hugely successful Transfer to High School Evening held earlier in the term which saw more parents than ever visiting us either at the open evening or during the Open Mornings that followed. The last week of term was a really busy one with a huge amount for everyone to enjoy as we moved towards Christmas. Thursday 15th was a Christmas jumper mufti day with Christmas dinner being served as well. School finished on Friday 16th at 12 Noon and re-starts in the New Year on Tuesday 3rd January at 11am. It starts on Week 1 of the timetable cycle. A wonderful term but I would happy for next term not to be quite so frenetic and for us to be able to fully settle into the new facilities and really enjoy them! I wish you a restful and peaceful Christmas and an excellent break. End of Term Progress Reviews All years have new end of term progress reviews available in the Go 4 Schools system. To access these go to the webpage https://www.go4schools.com/parents/ By using the email address that the school holds for you and following the instructions on the screen you are able to log onto your child’s records.

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Rock the Hall with Warda, Nicole and Holly and others CHSG’s School of Rock goes to the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra, the Royal Albert Hall and rock music are not three things you usually associate with each other, but on 23rd November 2016, the Music Department went on a trip with a difference! Students from Year 7 to 11, embarked on a journey to South Kensington to visit the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. With the best seats in the house we basked in the glorious sounds created by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with instruments ranging from a marimba, six double basses, a harp and an electric guitar. If this was not enough to excite the imagination, the amazing music was enhanced by a spectacular lights show including lasers! The concert included a wide range of music from the Rock genre including Led Zeppelin, Adele, Queen, Oasis, Muse, Eric Clapton, Meatloaf, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and the late, great David Bowie. Our students were enraptured by the magical performances, enthusiastically applauding, singing along and waving their phone torches in time with the mesmerising music, and dancing along to an unforgettable rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. After two captivating hours, our students left the Royal Albert Hall but continued their love of music long after the night had over. "My favourite moment was during Someone Like You by Adele. The music was so emotional and I loved how the audience were so involved in the performance" Warda Y10. "The Final Countdown was the best song of the night. The lights and lasers were perfectly in sync with the music!" Holly Y10. "When can we go again?!" Nicole Y8

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YEAR 7 As a Year 7 team we have been incredibly impressed with the maturity of our new Year 7 students. The transition from Primary school to Secondary school has been handled well by all. The Year group's attendance is well above 95% and we have had to deal with very few incidences of poor behaviour. In turn, that has allowed us to focus on rewarding as many students as possible for their efforts this term. We now have a weekly 'Jump the Queue' pass awarded at random to two Year 7 students who have 100% attendance the week before and we have been running our tutor group attendance competition, where the tutor group with the highest attendance will receive a free Pizza lunch on behalf of the school. We have also been handing out large quantities of Vivo points that can be spent by students as a reward for all manner of things, from participating in an assembly to achieving above expected progress on one of her lessons. With such a great start we have high hopes for the students next term. Thank you for your support. Mobile Phones Please remind your daughter about our mobile phone policy. We have had to send four Year 7 students to our Exclusion Unit as their phones have been used/have been heard in school this term. In all of these cases, the students have forgotten to turn their phones off before arriving into school. Homework This is the single biggest reason for Year 7 students accruing behaviour points. We will be working to improve this next term. Please continue to check your daughter's homework planner and our online Virtual Learning Environment, called FROG, to ensure that all her homework is being completed Have a lovely Christmas Mr James Assistant Head Teacher/Head of Year 7

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Year 13 Geography Field Trip Juniper Hall, Dorking On the 25th November 2016 the A Level Geography class went to Juniper Hall to collect data for our Geographical investigation. Our investigation was to see how different characteristics of a river change downstream. We tested this by completing a series of tasks on the River Tillingbourne, Dorking. Some of them included measuring the width, depth, velocity and wetted perimeter of the river. We also measured the gradient of the river as well as the different sediment types along the river bed. We used a range of professional equipment to get our results such as the surveyors’ level, to measure the gradient change, and a hydroprop, to measure the velocity. We travelled to three different locations along the river Tillingbourne - upper, middle and lower course. Once we collected our data we entered it into Excel and calculated the averages to represent them in various graphical forms. Our interpretation and analysis of the results let to a variety of results due to some anomalies we found along the way. We also showed these changes using GIS (Geographical Information System). Our tutor for the day, Gemma, helped us to complete these tasks day and guided us to use the equipment correctly. All the work we did will be examined in our final A Level exam in the summer. It was a fun outing as a class of five and Mrs Norman, Mrs Longman, and Mr McDavid. A few of us did end up slipping into the river but all of us managed to collect data as well as enjoy a couple of Victoria sponge cakes! Dipali, Courtney, Lauren, Bokan and Jess

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Life Drawing On Saturday 5th November Miss Care met four Year 11 students and six Sixth Formers at Wallington Girls School for a life drawing day in conjunction with The Royal Academy of Arts. Renowned charcoal artist Jeanette Barnes ran the drawing workshop and taught the girls about different drawing strategies within their artworks whilst studying the human form. Our Year 11 students Saffron, Grace, Jessica and Shannon were nervous drawing alongside the upper school to begin with but soon become confident in their drawings. Duaa, Chelsea, Lily and Shinya confidently worked to produce excellent work for their Foundation and University portfolios, and Olivia and Weronika immersed themselves fully into the different drawing techniques and observational studies to develop their A Level studies. The students produced excellent chalk and charcoal work based on the female form and worked very hard all day. They each left with a number of outcomes and I was very proud of their achievements. Miss Care Christmas Card Competition Miss Nutakor ran the annual Christmas card competition this year. Well done to all of the participants, over all the winner was Via in 8BC Rowling House who won House points, Vivos, a paint set, her cards made and chocolate! Well done to all the winners in each year group which are Kiera 7VF Rowling, Anzelika 9JPA Roddick, Fizza 10SAB Pankhurst, Chelsea 13ML Pankhurst who won House points, Vivos, their cards made and chocolate! We would also like to congratulate the runners up who were Elaaf 7VF, Hannah 8MAA, Amy 9JOH who won House points, Vivos and chocolate! The House points awarded were: Pankhurst - 60, Rowling - 55, Roddick - 50, Holmes - 10 Thank you and well done to all of the participants and Happy Christmas from the Art Department!

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Year 12 and 13 Art and Photography Trip The National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern On the 8th November Miss Holmes took the Year 12 and 13 Art students to The National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern. The students were guided towards Artists to help develop their assessment Objective 1 and develop their contextual studies. “The visit helped me to gain more knowledge for artists to help me with my coursework and expand on my current ideas. My project is based on the covert and obscure as a theme so seeing portraits hidden by clothing and materials covering their heads helped me to develop my ideas”. Becky “A day of getting cultured in good company” Weronika “Visiting the National Portrait Gallery really helped me to gain new inspiration and potential ideas for my coursework projects. Particularly, I was able to find many artists that could link with my project on the impact of colour, which will help me to make further developments in my work.” Lilly “This visit proved to be beneficial for my project on “The impact of colour” as I'm looking at composition within my portraiture work”. Chelsea “I found it really inspiring to see pictures of black people from history with proud and empowering stories, despite the era they were living in. This also links to my theme as it is my personal culture involving African and Caribbean heritage with stories of its own”. Eloise "It was a good opportunity to explore different elements of photography and gain inspiration from various influential photographers inflicted upon the industry" Lucie “The art trip at National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern helped me to find new ideas and approaches to my project. I got inspired from new artists and I am thinking for using them in the future”. Cristina “The trip to the National Portrait Gallery helped me with my current project as I am looking at distortion, I found an artist that closely related to my current work. Daphne Todd's art work called 'Dame sally Davis' 1949. What I really liked about this piece was the composition of the figure in the painting, her technique of how she made use of four different sizes of canvases to paint on, I also liked the concept of overlapping the canvases. This is something I can use in my own work as I want to explore with figure as its something I haven't yet done. I can use the idea of sectioning a portrait into different parts and painting them on separate canvases, this would help me explore the idea of distorting my portraits further.” Duaa

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Christmas Decoration Competition Miss Nutakor ran the Art competition for designing a bauble for the Art Christmas tree. Thank you to all participants, the house points and Vivo's have been awarded as follows: Rowling - 40 points, Pankhurst - 30 points, Roddick - 35 points, Holmes - 15 points. Well done to Anzelika , 9JPA, Roddick House who was the overall winner. She received Vivo's, festive chocolates and a certificate. Well done from the Art Department for your delicate RAG Week 3rd to 7th October 2016 It's a sixth form tradition for the year group to take part in a RAG week, raising money for the Sixth Form environment. This year, we split the money raised, and gave it to an FGM charity. We spent the week creating events for the entire school to take part in: the yearly students vs staff benchball match, a Halloween themed café, and bake sales. All of these events were a hit with the younger years, and we raised a lot of money for a fantastic charity. Hannah Sara and Robyn (Charity Senior Prefects) This week, two groups of media and film students were lucky enough to go down to BFI Southbank to help with our coursework projects. We were allowed access to the library and specially picked resources were available to us that related to our coursework essays. One highlight was using their collection of books from Cahiers du Cinema which dated back from 1960s. Depending on our essay title, the librarians suggested online articles specifically relating to our work. The day was a huge help and will greatly aid us in the secondary research that is needed to back our work. For any enthusiasts of film, the BFI is a must and is open to the public screening a wealth of classic and contemporary cinema. It is a place that all students studying A level Media and Film at CHSG can suggest for you to visit. Jade Carly Sadlers Wells Trip GCSE and A Level students attended a trip to Sadler's Wells this November to watch a triple bill from the world renowned Rambert Dance Company. The triple-bill features works from highly recognised choreographers in a range of contemporary styles. Students thoroughly enjoyed the evening as it broadened their knowledge and experience of contemporary choreography.

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The Law Review Magistrate Visit to AS Law Lesson One Thursday in November, we had a visit to our AS lesson from Mr Whitmarsh, a retired Magistrate. He came to share his experience of working in the court. For example, he told us about the role of magistrates and the types of cases he came across during his time on the bench. He told us about the different sentences which can be given out in court and he also explained the difference between civil and criminal law. It was very interesting to hear about all these things and it helped to improve our knowledge of criminal law. Fazia and Khadijah Year 12 students Law Court Visit On Friday 9th December we visited the Law Courts in Croydon. On arrival, we had to go through security and get our bags checked and our bodies scanned. We then met Mr Whitmarsh, a retired Magistrate and a Legal Advisor. There were multiple court rooms and we visited two of them; one where there were three Magistrates and the other where there was a District Judge. We were introduced to court protocol, for example, standing up when the Magistrates and Judge entered and left the court room. We observed a variety of cases; both summary and triable either way offences. The matters dealt with were driving while under the influence of alcohol, robbery, making off without payment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. We saw remand hearings and applications for bail. We were also acknowledged by the Chairman of the Magistrates bench, who told us that we should aim to be sitting where the lawyers were sitting and not end up in the dock. This was an exciting, inspirational and interesting experience. It made what we have studied in our AS lessons come to life. Sophie, Fowzia, Chloe and Jaime

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Blankets 4 Babies 7NP are making and collecting, squares of knitting to sew together blankets for babies all over the world. We would like YOU to get involved. The more squares we knit, the more blankets we can make and the more babies we can keep warm. Each blanket will be accompanied with a letter, sent with kind wishes and have its delivery photographed. How Can You Get Involved? Donate some wool or knitting needles Knit a square of knitting 15cm x 15cm. Teach your friends and family to knit. Get them involved. More squares = more blankets! Donations and completed squares should be brought clearly labeled, to Mrs Patel in A6 or Ms Young in the LRC Get Your Knit Together!

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Fantastic Performances at this Year’s Dance show! Congratulations to all students who performed at this year’s dance show. After weeks of preparations and rehearsals, students took to the stage and performed their dances with energy and enthusiasm. A huge thank you to Amy, Deanne and Lily for all your hard work and commitment. A special thank you to Brooke for the lighting and Sophie for helping organise everything. We are looking forward to the next show, Ignite in the Spring/Summer term. Step In Dance Project 20 selected Dance students have been working with a teacher from The Step Into Dance Project every Thursday in an extracurricular club. The students have been developing their technical skills and have started to create a piece of choreography. We look forward to seeing them perform this at our next dance show Ignite and wish them luck when they attend the Borough event to complete for a chance to perform at Sadlers Wells. Step into Dance Collaborative Workshop On Wednesday 2nd November, some of our Year 8, 10 and Sixth Form Dance students visited Woodcote High School to participate in a workshop led by The Royal Academy of Dance. CHSG students worked collaboratively with students from Woodcote to develop the repertoire they were taught whilst developing their technical dance skills. The students worked hard during this workshop and were a credit to the school.

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The Learning Resource Centre ‘the place to be’ It has been a very busy term for the LRC. Fully booked every day for the first half term because of the building work, it continued to be “the place to be” thereafter. Accelerated Reader (AR) was launched for Year 7. AR is a tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. AR produces an average of two years reading age growth in just one academic year while promoting reading for pleasure. Students are encouraged to read for at least 15 minutes a day and take a quick quiz every time they finish reading a book. For more information on AR please go to the school website. releases, watched book trailers and the W H Smiths and Zoella Book Club films, prepared questions for an Author Skype and twitter chat. We have also up-cycled old books into bookmarks and Christmas decorations. The LRC Mannequin Challenge was also a highlight and can be found on the school and LRC Twitter pages. Next term we shall be focusing on Graphic Fiction, Comics, Manga and illustrated books as well as shadowing the Stan Lee Excelsior Award. All students are welcome. LRC Extra! The Library Club, for anything that happens outside of lesson time, started a Movie Club. For £3 girls can stay in the LRC until 17.30 watching a film with snacks and a drink. So far this term we have watched Spooky Special Coraline, The Secret Life of Pets; and Christmas specials, Elf and Arthur Christmas. Movie Club will return next term along with other LRC Extra! activities. November was “National Non-Fiction November”. All staff and students were encouraged to read Non Fiction books. The LRC held a competition for students to create their own Non Fiction Books. We had many entries ranging from Fact Files on celebrities to recipe books and DIY & wellbeing. All entrants received House Points and VIVOs and winners were given Book vouchers and a Pizza Party Lunch. Book Club (every Thursday Lunch time) has been fun, with its highest ever attendance of Year 7, 8 & 9 students. We have looked at and talked about the latest Young Adult book Students bought books at the Scholastic Half Price Book Sale not only grabbing themselves a bargain, but also earning the LRC commission, the largest ever commission haul we have seen at CHSG! New books will be on the shelves in January. Author Sara Grant also visited in the same week. Sara spoke to Y7s about her books and showed them, in an interactive session, how easy it was to create stories. Sara also spent time with some of the Book Club members.

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Football – Autumn Term It has been a challenging term for our football teams, however we have had increasing numbers of students taking part in the weekly training which is taken by Georgia from AFC Wimbledon, so hopefully the results will pick up in the next term. We are currently running three teams, seniors (Years 10 & 11), Juniors (Years 8 & 9) and for the first time a Year 7 only team. The seniors went out of the Sutton Cup in the first round to Overton losing 4-2. A number of students made their debut for the school. Shantay 10SAB, Ella 10RW and Stefania 10JPI. Sayre 10KW returned to the team putting in a very strong with performance alongside our impressive captain for the match Erica 10RW. The Year 10 contingent was completed with a fine performance from Rebecca 10OC. Shani 11SN, Anna 11BPE, Sharanniya 11RGO and Megan 11RGO were impressive as usual. The juniors had a very difficult task on their first game facing a very good Glenthorne team who beat us 12-0 last year. So an 8-1 defeat didn’t seem so bad. A very well taken free kick from Safiye 9VK was quickly followed up by Delecia 8EC. The squad for the game comprised of Yasmin 9OH, Katie 8BEC, Jess 9FUA, Isabel 8BEC, Cleo 8EC, Lauren 8JO, Gabby 8MAA, Katie 9VK, Subitha 8BC, Ellie 8DR and Kacey 9FUA Two squads of 7, one from Year 7 and another from Year 8 entered the AFC Wimbledon Tournament which was hosted at Tooting and Mitcham Football ground. Though an enjoyable day for both our teams they were both unable to progress out of the group stages. The Year 7 team have a had mixed start to their 11 a side games with a highly frustrating draw against Glenthorne despite having the vast majority of the possession. However Overton proved too strong for our newly developed team. The following students from year 7 have represented the school this year so far. Danielle 7LJ Elkie 7LJ Arooba 7SA Tasha 7SND Daisy 7SAB Imaniyea 7VF Swanta 7SBA Taralea 7SBA Shannon 7VF Emily 7SND Semilore 7SAZ Millie 7NW Messh-Kaat 7SAZ Amber 7NP Jasmine 7SND Crystal Palace Success I am pleased to announce that ten of Year 9 students made CHSG very proud on Thursday 1st December by pitching their business plan proposal to Crystal Palace FC. Schools across the country were set a business challenge by the head of the Premier League in which they had to explain how to increase their fan base in the USA. Our girls had to present to a judging panel that consisted of experienced, successful business partners and Crystal Palace FC themselves. They pitched in front of two other short listed schools as well as competing against each other. I am sure you can imagine how nerve racking it was for the girls! One of our groups was successful and will now represent Crystal Palace at the National Premier League Semi-Finals where they will compete against other Premier League club representatives such as Man United, Chelsea etc. Congratulations to the winning group: Katie (9VK) Millie (9KJ) Abby (9KJ) Lesley-Jean (9KJ) Miriam (9FUA) Good luck for the semi finals in February!! Congratulations to the runners up: Hannah (9KJ) Grace (9KJ) Gracie (9JOH) Keisha (9JOH) Amy (9JOH) Thank you to all the students for their hard work and dedication over the past few weeks.....you were fantastic!! Miss Golightly and Miss Caulfield

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Congratulations to the following students who won the Spelling bee Stage 1 MFL Class competition (French, German or Spanish) Alina 7VF Banuja 7SAZ Malika 7VF Bethany 7NW Sando 7SA Daniella 7LJ Anna 7SA Aaliyah 7SND Melishaa 7SAZ Lizzie 7NP Rakchene 7SA Arooba 7SA Kiranpreet 7SBA Nindikka 7NP Vasuky 7NP We wish them good luck for the Spelling Bee Stage 2 School Competition. Mrs M Lane Year 9 Ambassadors Mrs Devaney would like to congratulate her newly appointed team of Year 9 Ambassadors. What a credit to our school community they are! From 9JCR: Mariola, Siva From 9JOH: Amber, Alishba, Amy, Cameron, Aimee, Ashia From 9TT: Milly, Elizabeth, Santhiya, Katie, Saumya, Afua Sefa, Mathusha, Amelia From 9KJ: Deeksha, Annie, Mahek, Sidra, Kira, Grace, Andrea, Hannah, Patricia, Mia Rose, Lauren, Sophie, Lily May, Riya, Leslie Jean, Krisi From 9JPA: Anzelika, Brinda, Peraveena, Arshi From 9VK: Niveda, Isha From 9FUA: Lorna, Asia, Lara, Ebony Whole School Numeracy This year we have started a programme of ‘Numeracy Ninjas’ in Years 7 and 8 to help promote and improve Numeracy across the school. We have a Numeracy Leader and Deputy in each tutor group, and part of their role is to run the Ninja programme and organise the marking and collection of results. The programme is going really well, and I’ve had really positive feedback about it so far from students and staff! After Christmas the leaders and deputies will have more responsibility, including taking part in a Numeracy Trail around school, helping to run the Count on Us Club, and raising awareness of the importance of Numeracy around the school. Key Stage 4 have also been working on Numeracy packs in tutor time to help develop their Numeracy skills to support their GCSE Maths work. I also have been running ‘Puzzle of the Week’ for staff and students with winners receiving 50 Vivos, house points and a big bar of chocolate! Puzzles are emailed out on a weekly basis to staff and students. The winners so far this year are below: Amina 9FUA, Maddison 11RAB, Bethany 7NW, Zahida 8DR, Sando 7SA(twice!), Thivya 8EC & Pragasini 9FUA Mrs Foley, Director of Maths The Christmas Puzzle of the Holidays is as follows, and all are welcome to enter, especially parents and carers! Answers to Mrs Foley at cfoley3@suttonmail.org with your name, tutor group and House. Results will be announced on the first day back after the Christmas holidays. (If you are a parent/carer entrant, please include your daughter’s name and tutor group in your email). Winners will get 50 Vivos, a big bar of chocolate and House points (if you are a parent/carer Vivos/House points will be given to your daughter, whether the chocolate makes it to you or not is another matter!) Good Luck! Mrs Foley, Director of Maths

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