- Freshwater State School

Term 1 Week 7
Freshwater State School
7/15
Principal
Ms Vicki Sparkes
Deputy Principal
Mr Bob Lowth
Mrs Melinda Gothmann
Business Services Manager
Mrs Anne Carson
Administration Officers
Mrs Jean Duncan
Mrs Tracey Lane
Mrs Kathy Smyth
Guidance Officer
Jane Brentnall – (Mon, Tue & Fri)
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10 March 2015
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Reading
Reading is the most important skill that children learn so it is most important that as
parents, we assist our children to learn to read. There are many things you can do at home;
Read to your child every day, even big kids enjoy stories read to them
Talk with your child as children need a broad oral language to be able to know words
Read signs and notices around your house and the community.
Access books – buy them or borrow them ; the town library is a wonderful resource
Listen to your child read
Swimming commences tomorrow - Wednesday.
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Years 3-6 students are attending swimming across the next few weeks – Fridays 13 and
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20 March, Wednesdays 18 and 25 March and 1 April with our carnival on Thursday 2
April. Please make sure you child has their swimming gear on each of these days.
Accessing school after hours
ABSENCES
 4058 9260
EMAIL
[email protected]
Last weekend, the school incurred 17 sites of graffiti/vandalism. This was reported to
police. Please remind your children that the school buildings are out of bounds after hours.
Please contact police if you see unexpected people in the school grounds. Repair of
vandalism costs the school resources.
SCHOOL
 4058 9222
Fire & Emergency Evacuations & Lockdowns
OFFICE HOURS
8:15am - 3:30pm
SCHOOL WEBSITE
www.freshwaterss.eq.edu.au
GENERIC EMAIL
[email protected]
NEWSLETTER EMAIL
[email protected]
SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS
Mon – Fri 8:15am – 3:30pm
UNIFORM SHOP HOURS
Tuesday
8:30 – 9am
Thursday
8:30 – 9am
OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE
 4058 0252
EMAIL
[email protected]
FRESHWATER P&C OFFICE
 4055 2946
EMAIL
[email protected]
SCHOOL DENTIST CAIRNS NTH
 4226 4702
SCHOOLWATCH
13 17 88
11 Mar
13 Mar
18 Mar
20 Mar
25 Mar
1 April
2 April
2 April
3 April
22 April
24 April
DATES TO REMEMBER
Yr3-6 Swimming Day 1
Yr3-6 Swimming Day 2
Yr3-6 Swimming Day 3
Yr3-6 Swimming Day 4
Yr3-6 Swimming Day 5
Yr3-6 Swimming Day 6
Yr3-6 Swimming Carnival
Last day of Term 1
Good Friday
Fun Run Cross Country
ANZAC Day Assembly 10:15am
Throughout the year the school practises our emergency evacuations so that we can all
safely leave the buildings as well as lockdowns so that we can all safely be secured inside.
Evacuations are signalled by long continuous ringing of the bell. Everyone assembles on
the ovals. Evacuations occur for many reasons but generally are due to fire or smoke.
Lockdowns are signalled by short sharp ringing of the bell. Lockdowns result from danger
outside. I have been involved in school lockdowns when a large snake became
comfortable outside the junior classrooms; also when a mini cyclone blew through the
school unexpectedly.
Both procedures need to be practised to ensure all students and staff are safe if either
situation occurs. Please be reassured that I would contact you if either situation occurred in
reality (as opposed to our usual practising of these activities). We did practice our Fire
Evacuation two weeks ago.
Bystander Behaviour
March has National “Bullying NO Way” Day and my focus is on
Bystander Behaviour. I have included a few snippets from the
“Bullying No Way” website to discuss Bystander Behaviour.
What's the issue?
Bullying is a difficult problem that only gets worse when it is
ignored. Research has demonstrated that bystanders play a
significant role in bullying.
-Bystanders are present most of the time (85%), where adults
are rarely present
-Most young people feel uncomfortable but very few know what to do to stop it happening
-Bullying behaviour is reinforced where people watch but do nothing
-When bystanders do intervene, the bullying is more likely to stop quickly most of the time.
The solutions involve not only students but also school staff and parents. Members of the
whole school community may be involved in bullying, being bullied or by knowing that the
bullying is happening. We can each be part of the problem - or part of the solution. It's up to
everyone to create a safe school environment and we can all help. Motivating bystanders to
act is now being promoted as a major positive response, not just for schools, but in
communities and workplaces.
Who are bystanders
We are all bystanders if we are aware of something happening but do not act to stop it. We
can be bystanders even if we are not actually present. Groups and communities, such as
schools, can even be said to show bystander behaviour.
Bystander behaviour includes:
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watching an argument on the street
gathering to watch a playground fight
knowing that someone is being hurt but not intervening or seeking help
failing to investigate and be proactive about the bullying in your school.
Email: [email protected]
School Phone Number: 4058 9222
Although we might not be directly involved, our behaviours contribute significantly to what takes place.
Some behaviours can make the problem worse:
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-giving 'silent approval' by not becoming involved
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-assisting by joining in
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-reinforcing by encouraging, cheering and laughing, even if not actively participating.
Alternatively, some behaviours can be helpful:
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-trying to stop the bullying behaviour by defending the person being bullied, reporting the behaviour
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-challenging and positively influencing individual and group attitudes and beliefs
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-learning and teaching about the deeper issues which underlie bullying behaviour.
Students are important in creating a safe and supportive school environment.
First of all, keep yourself safe. Each bullying situation is different. Responses need to be appropriate to the situation
and it's not always appropriate for young people to act alone. Then, consider that the messages you give out, even in
little ways, can make a huge difference. Research has shown that the greatest influence on students' bystander
behaviour is what they think their friends (ie. you!) expect of them - not what their teacher or parents think.
You can help by some of the following:
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Make it clear to your friends that you won't be involved in bullying behaviour.
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Never stand by and watch or encourage bullying behaviour.
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Do not harass, tease or spread gossip about others.
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Respect everyone and value the differences between people.
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Be friendly towards others who are new to your school, who are left out or on their own.
If you see someone being bullied, keep safe and choose your response to match the situation:
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Speak up and let the person doing the bullying know what they are doing is bullying
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Refuse to join in with their bullying and walk away
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Support the student who is being bullied to ask for help
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Ask a teacher or support person for help. Reporting what happened can help 'unravel' a situation.
Don’t play in stormwater drains
As the wet weather season continues, please take the time to warn your children about the dangers of playing in or near
flood waters and stormwater drains. Queensland Fire and Rescue’s Swiftwater site can help you get this important
message heard by your children or listen to flood stories told by young people.
https://www.fire.qld.gov.au/communitysafety/swiftwater/default.asp
http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/redalert.asp?details=flood
FROM THE DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
School Wide Positive Behaviour Support
This fortnight our focus has been for students to demonstrate responsible behaviour when the bell rings at the end of
play. Specifically, the expectation is for students to be ready for learning and students have learnt the following routine:
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Stop play.
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Get a drink
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Go to the toilet
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Line up by the second bell
Before school routine
This week we are providing a gentle reminder to parents and students about the school’s expectations for students
arriving at school before the 8:15am bell:
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Wait in the Central Under Cover Area. Parents are welcome to wait with their child if they wish.
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Sit down.
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Talk quietly with friends.
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When the bell rings at 8:15am, you can start playing or walk to your classroom.
Have a great week!
Yours in Learning, Melinda Gothmann, Deputy Principal
SPECIAL ANZAC DAY ASSEMBLY WELCOME
10:15am on 24TH April
All current serving armed force personnel are welcome to attend our special Anzac Day assembly in uniform
and all ex-servicemen are welcome to wear their medals.
BUDDHIST RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION
Due to circumstances beyond our control Buddhist religion will commence in Term 2.
FRESHIE’S ANNUAL FETE – August 8th
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The fete may seem a long way away, but 8 August will be here before we know it. Why not be involved? This is a great
opportunity to contribute to your child's school and get to know other parents. Volunteers have starting putting their
hands up to convene stalls but more are needed. If you don't want to do it alone, grab a friend and co-convene your
favourite stall. The P&C is also looking for people to join the fete team to be involved with the overall organising. It's a
big job, but with many of us involved it will be less work and more fun. Please register your interest with the P&C office
on 4055 2946. We'll be calling a fete meeting soon, so watch this space!
Fiona Sewell P&C President
Email: [email protected]
School Phone Number: 4058 9222
INTRODUCING OUR 2015 STUDENT COUNCIL REPS
Year 4
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4KW – Carmelo Leonforte & Amy Jonsen
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4LD –Sofia Siegrist & Grace Cappelletti
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4NS – Melanie Lum & Hadley Smyth
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4SG – Luis Brandenberger &, Jessy Marchiori
Year 6
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6BR – Harley Harmer-Wise, Noah Brown, Caleb Curley & Josh Mitchell
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6BU – Freja Brown, April Phillips-Mc Mahon, Grace Doyle-Adams & Oliver
Maxwell
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6JD – Jordan Wickerson, Zac Harmer-Wise, Tia Nicholls & Jelika Lawesson.
Year 5
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5JP – Poppy Cahill & Sabrina Kiesey-Calding
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5KC – Ava Bramham-Whyte & James Masasso
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5PG – Zac Hobbs & Jorgie Rainbird
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5SM - Taylor Heyne & Sonny O’Rourke
BUTTERFLY WINGS COMMENCED Friday 27th February
The Butterfly Wings Child Parent Program is a group learning experience for parents/carers and children (2-5 years)
focusing on the pleasure and power of using nursery rhymes, interactive songs and stories together.
Where: Library Conference Room (please enter through the door closest to the school office building).
When: Started Friday 27th February from 9—10:30am continuing each Friday for 5 weeks
What to bring: You and your child/children (1-2 per family) and a healthy snack for your child.
Cost: FREE
TENNIS
It’s time to sign up for school tennis again! Please find attached, along with today’s newsletter, the Tennis Australia
Registration form. The more students who sign up this year, the more money we receive in rebates to purchase tennis
equipment. Please return your form to the school office.
Mrs Knight
CONGRATULATIONS
The following students have received a Merit Award (right 2 columns) for Good Behaviour and/or Academic Achievement
and Tough Cookie Award (left 2 columns).
Merit Awards
Tough Cookie Awards
PAM
Jack F
PKW
Bella S
PAM
Sophie S
PKW
Max L
PNM
Evie T
PRW
Matilda C
1EH
Mathias G
PRW
Tyler G
1EH
Molly BE
1GW
Samuel A
1MD
Indigo B
1GW
Larissa MS
1MD
Andie S
1SB
William V
2CG
Ronan S
1SB
Liam P
2CG
Khy M
2DO
Livinia E
2RO
Maddisen B
2DO
Ava M
2RO
Ruby M
2SM
Katie M
2AY
Charlotte D
2SM
Zane R
2AY
Elizabeth M
3AM
Zac B
3JR
Luke N
3AM
Keera F
3JR
Talena S
3NT
Georgia M
3SS
Jordan M
3NT
Jai J
3SS
Joshua W
4KW
Alisha N
4NS
Amy W
4KW
Jai T
4NS
Kyran HW
5JP
Wren S
5JP
Cameron A
5KC
Andrew V
5KC
Elizabeth M
5PG
Melissa W
5PG
Dale S
5SM
Chloe M
5SM
Daniel T
6NB
Makaela M
6NB
Gaby B
6BU
Jordan C
6BU
Max S
6JD
Billie M
6JD
Jasmine W
PE
Bronte F – 4KW
PE
Tehya R – 4SG
Madison B – 6JD
Lote
Amy J – 4KW
LOTE
FUN RUN - WEDNESDAY 23rd APRIL
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The Fun Run will be here before we know it. The date is 23 April, the first Wednesday of Term 2.
Sponsorship forms for Fun Run fundraising will be sent home next week. Please assist your children to
gather some sponsors safely over the Easter break.
Remember if every student raises $14.00 we will make more than $10,000.00 for the Physical Education
Program. The student who raises the most money in their year level will receive a fantastic prize. The best fundraising
class will share a Pizza Party. All funds raised go to the Physical Education program and equipment. This sort of
targeted fundraising is one of the things that make Freshwater SS special.
Mrs Knight
CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Harley Harmer-Wise and Tanner Salmond for being selected in the Barron River AFL team. They will
now represent Barron River at the Peninsula AFL Championships to be held next Monday at Cazalys. Well done and
good luck boys.
LOTE
The Japanese are great sports lovers. As well as traditional sports like sumo, karate and judo, baseball and soccer are very
popular sports. Whole families tend to spend a day out watching a game so the children are familiarised with it from an early
age. The nation is excitedly awaiting the 2020 Olympic Games which they are hosting in Tokyo.
Email: [email protected]
School Phone Number: 4058 9222
NRL DEVELOPMENT CUP
The Freshwater team impressed all present once again at the NRL Development Cup with huge numbers and
enthusiasm. However, numbers alone doesn’t guarantee a positive result, with Freshie outwitted by Caravonica 26-12 in
the second round of the competition.
With an inventive but untested defensive structure that consisted of most players standing much further back than they
needed to, our red-and-black cousins from across the Barron were able to capitalise on our generosity. With yet more
players playing league for the school for the first time, the Freshwater attack looked sleek and fun, creating three longrange tries, two to the irrepressible Ezrom Luki and one to the tireless Jesse Cragg.
Awards went to Declan O’Shea and Joe Ince for never giving up, and special mention goes to Simeon Mosby for his
determined and powerful running. The organisers of the NRL Development Cup have relayed to me how impressed they
are with Freshwater’s attitude and numbers, which exceeds most other schools in the Cairns competition. Other schools
have played with diminished numbers on the park, or indeed with no team at all, this season. Well done Green Machine!
At time of writing, we wait with baited breath (and with one eye on the weather forecast) the release of the remainder of
the competition draw. Players are encouraged to refer to the Freshy Rugby League Bulletin 4 for the very latest and upto-date details. The Freshy League Correspondent
BARRON RIVER BOYS & GIRLS BASKETBALL TRIALS
The Barron River District Trials for Boys Basketball will be held on:
When: Thursday19th & 26th March from 3:30–4:30pm
Where: Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC) Peace Lutheran College, 50 – 60 Cowley St, Kamerunga
The Barron River District Trials for Girls Basketball will be held on:
When: Thursday19th & 26th March from 3:30–4:30pm
Where: Redlynch State College Year P - 6 side, Intake Rd, Redlynch
Equipment: Appropriate basketball clothing.
Eligibility: Students born in 2003, 2004 and 2005 are eligible to trial.
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Barron River will then compete in the 10-12 Years Peninsula U13 Boys/Girls Basketball Trials on Monday 27 April at
Cairns Basketball Stadium.
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The Qld State Schools 10-12 Years Boys/Girls Basketball Championships will be held in Brisbane from Thursday 11
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June to Sunday 14 June. The approximate cost is $1000.
GENERAL NOTICES
FSS NETSETGO
What: NetSetGo is an opportunity for kids to increase social & motor skills & experience
netball in a fun & friendly environment.
Where: The Canopy, FSS
Who: Boys/girls 5-10yr olds
When: Wed 18th Feb from 3:05-4:05pm
Cost: $80 with NetSetGo pack, $60 without pack
Bring: Suitable clothing & footwear, hat, ball from kit, water bottle & sunscreen
PCYC YOUTH GROUP FOR TEENS WITH ASD
Who: 12-16yr olds
When: Fridays from 6-8pm (fortnightly in term time)
Where: PCYC function room
Cost: PCYC annual membership + $100 per term for sessions
Contact: Brigitte [email protected]
ELLIS BEACH SURF CLUB SIGN ON / OPEN DAY
When: Sat 28th & Sun 29th March from 10am to 3pm
Where: Ellis Beach Clubhouse
What: Clubhouse tours, beach activities for Nippers, free sausage sizzle etc
Contact: [email protected]
UNDERSTANDING BEHAVIOUR
What: A step by step guide for parents with a child Under 7 with ASD
When: 26th May from 9am to 3pm
Where: Cairns Early Years Centre, Bentley Park College
Cost: Free. Childcare not provided but lunch & light refreshment is.
Contact: [email protected] to register
EarlyAQtion RESPITE
Do you need some time for yourself or have an appointment booked? Experienced staff can
look after your child with ASD on Thurdays & Fridays from 9am to 2pm.
Who: Children under 7yrs registered with Autism Qld. Bookings essential.
Cost: $20 per hr or $80 for 5hrs (minimum of 2hrs)
Where: Autism Qld Centre of Excellence, 15-17 Marr St, Edmonton
Contact: 4034 6600 or email [email protected]
MAREEBA & DISTRICT PONY CLUB INTERSCHOOL SPORTS DAYS
When: Saturday 28th March from 9am
Where: Mareeba Pony Club, Chewko Rd, Mareeba
Cost: $15 per rider Camp Fees: $10 powered site $5 unpowered for weekend
Full canteen Saturday & Sunday
Contact: Sandra 0434 218 964 or Janet 0408 115 051
ROOKIES 2 REDS RUGBY @ FSS
When: Tues, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st March from 3-4pm
Where: Freshwater State School
What: Professional coaching for 5wks
Who: 5-7yrs & 8-9yrs
Cost: $60 includes family pass to Reds home game plus pack etc
Contact: 1300 753 733 or register www.rookies2reds.com.au
LITTLE LIFESAVERS @ CAIRNS ESPLANADE
Term 1: Saturdays from 14th Feb to 28th March from 8:15 to 10am
Holidays: Mon 13th to Fri 17th April from 8-10am. No Wednesdays
Term 2: Saturdays from 18th to 6th June from 8:15 to 10am
Cost: Holiday session $85 inc rashy. Term sessions $150 inc rashy.
Contact: 4049 1201 or [email protected]
CAIRNS SURB CLUB SIGN ON DAY
When: Saturday 28th March from 10am to 2pm
Where: Cairns Surf Life Saving Club, Palm Cove
Who: All ages & abilities 5yrs & over. Free sausage sizzle
Contact: [email protected] or 4059 12363
EarlyAQtion SOCIAL SKILLS
What: Program to develop social skills in children with ASD
Who: Children aged between 7-9yrs. Bookings essential.
Where: Autism Qld Centre of Excellence, 15-17 Marr St, Edmonton
Contact: 4034 6600 or email [email protected]
FOUND
Bracelet found. To identify please see our office staff.
Pair of reading glasses in case. To identify please see our office staff.
NEWS FROM FRESHIE CAFÉ
Hello from Di & Manfred
Tomoko – thank you for making the rice balls once again.
As you all know Snack Attack has been up and running for the past couple of weeks. You can order this over the
Flexischools system or via a bag given to the Café prior to midday. This week the Café will be open on Wednesdays and
Fridays from 2:50pm until 3:15pm to purchase items over the counter. Parents, please have the correct money to
purchase the following items:
Milk, water, juice, chocolate brownie, Treat of the Week, frozen fruit, milk and juice frozies, frozen yoghurt , Mango To Go
and popcorn. Thank you for your cooperation.
Have a great week and happy tuckshopping, Di Chattington & Manfred Richter
Registering your child to ANZ Tennis Hot Shots for 2014/2015
As an official venue of Tennis Australia’s National School Partnership Program (NSPP), students will experience the national kids’
starter program ANZ Tennis Hot Shots in their health and physical education curriculum.
Tennis Australia has partnered with your school and as a valued supporter of the NSPP, all children within the school are able to
register to claim their free T-shirt. For every child who registers, your school will be supported by a $2.00 rebate to put towards
tennis equipment at the school ensuring the children are always able to play. In addition to this, TennisConnect rewards schools
that connect their players to tennis. Tennis Australia are offering an additional $5 reward for every registered participant who
provides and verifies their personal details online. Once your child is registered, you will receive an email to verify their
information.
By verifying your child/rens information and selecting our school as the preferred tennis deliverer, our school will receive an
additional $5 towards our reward tally.
Tennis Australia aims to inspire people to play more tennis and by verifying your information, assist them to make better decisions
about the future of tennis and motivate tennis communities to get court up in the game.
To register your child simply complete the below fields and return to the front reception or teacher at school. Their
T-shirt will be delivered to the school and handed out by their teacher.
Child’s first name:
Child’s surname:
Email:
Phone number:
Postcode:
Date of Birth:
Gender:
T-Shirt colour:
(please nominate)
Blue/Green
Blue/Pink
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T-Shirt size:
(please circle)
Male 
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8
10
Female
12
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Date:
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