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December 2017

Thank you so much for making this term such a happy one! The students have been working hard in and out of the classroom and should be really proud of all that they have achieved this term. A highlight for me was the deployment of the Year 5 Mini Police at the Coca Cola Truck event in Morpeth. They patrolled the event and gave the public some advice on preventing burglaries and keeping your equipment such as mobile phones and computers marking them with yellow pens. Look at the twitter feed for some photographs. You should have received your child's report on Friday and we look forward to seeing you at Parents Evening if you have any questions.

You will be aware that OfSTED visited us last Tuesday and Wednesday.  The report will be shared with us soon before it is quality assured.  We expect it to be published on the OfSTED website just before Christmas and we will share it with you as soon as we can.

Thank you for your good wishes last week and for those parents who completed Parent View to share your views of Chantry.

Over the past few weeks as the nights have got darker and colder we have been talking about road safety and the importance of following the Green Cross Code.  One of the things that we implemented was the ban of scooters until the lighter nights. I have been informed that this has been a matter of discussion on Morpeth Matters. I would like all parents to support us in this ban.  I would also like your support in parking on Mitford Road which is still a matter of concern. Please do not drop off on the school drive or near the school entrance. The students have also been reminded of the potential dangers in Morpeth during the winter months.  Under no circumstances should the students use the stepping stones.  I would be grateful if you would discuss safe routes with your children.  The footpath under the Oldgate Bridge is often flooded and there have been reports of children climbing on the wall to avoid the water.  This is extremely dangerous and has been reported to the police.  Children can use the crossing at St Roberts to cross the road safely

After Christmas, there will be some staffing changes. Mrs Linda Grundy, Subject Leader has decided to retire at Christmas after 14 years at Chantry. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Grundy for her commitment to PE and Sport at Chantry. She has always been willing to run a range of extra curricular clubs during lunchtimes and after school to provide as many opportunities for our students as she can. She has spent many hours in the wind and rain ( and sometimes sunshine!) at cross country, athletics and netball events to name just a few! Linda has always been very proud of all her students who have gone on to represent themselves in sport at a higher competitive level or all of those that just simply enjoy it! I know that she is really looking forward to spending some more time with her husband and family. Best wishes from everyone at Chantry. 

After a very rigorous interview process, we have appointed Miss Kate Scott until the end of the Summer Term and we look forward to welcoming her to the Chantry family in January. 

I would also like to thank Ms Julie Porksen who has been at Chantry during the Autumn Term as we await the arrival of Mrs Hayley Herbertson, our new RE Subject Leader. Thank you for your contribution and the best of luck for the future. 

December is going to be a long month as we do not finish until 3.30 pm on Friday 22nd December. Thank you to those parents who attended the Year 5 Christingle on Friday. There are a number of events planned for December and I look forward to seeing you over the festive period

Friday 15th December - 2pm - Christmas Fair - parents welcome 
Tuesday 19th December - Christmas Lunch 
Tuesday 19th December - 6.30pm - 8.00pm - Christmas Disco  
Wednesday 20th December - 6pm - Carol Service at St James’ Church 
Thursday 21st December - Christmas Pantomome in school 

Should we not, may we take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018 from all the staff and students at Chantry Middle School.
Please remember that school reopens on Monday 8th January at 8.55am and that the January newsletter will be published on Friday 12th January. Watch out for it in your inbox. A paper copy will be given to your child if you do not have an email address on our system. 

Kind regards 

Steven Johnson 
Head of School 
The month in brief .....
Online questionnaire
Thank you to those Year 5 parents who completed the transition questionnaire in the last few weeks. There was a 52% ( 48% in October 2016) response rate. The results can be found on the front page of the website. The results will be shared and discussed at the Morpeth Partnership Headteachers meeting this week.

Admissions Arrangements
The Three Rivers Learning Trust have been considering our admissions arrangements for 2018/19. For this academic year only , we are changing our PAN ( Planned Admission Number) from 128 to 158. Current Year 4 parents will find out on 1st March whether they have been allocated a place for September 2018. 

Sam Lewthwaite
Sam (Lewthwaite 7W) was asked to write an article for Chantry's newsletter following his recent trip to Florida with Dreamflight. Please read below to find about more about Sam's adventure.

Sam was nominated by his healthcare teams at the RVI to join 191 other children and young people from across the UK with medical needs on a holiday of a lifetime in Florida. This was all thanks to a wonderful charity called Dreamflight and their army of amazing volunteers which included doctors, nurses, physios and even cameramen.

Sam and his regional group, of 16 young people, called the Tiggers, met up with other regional groups at a pre departure celebrity party at Heathrow on 14th October. This very much set the scene for the next 10 days with non-stop fun and VIP treatment throughout.

On arrival in Orlando, the Dreamflight was met by the Orange County Police Department and given a cavalcade escort through the city. The groups visited various theme parks including Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Hollywood Studios, Discovery Cove, the Magic Kingdom, Sea World and Blizzard Beach.

Sam said, 'I really liked some of the rides such as The Hulk and Clavity Canyon and loved swimming with the dolphins and stingrays. I made friends with children from across the UK and it was a brilliant experience. I would turn down a billion pounds just to go on another Dreamflight again.  I'm really looking forward to our reunion in February'.
Children in Need
We had a great day celebrating Children in Need on Friday 17th November.
Students came to school in non-uniform, ready for the busy morning ahead baking and decorating cakes in preparation to finalise the giant cake for Children in Need.  The afternoon was fun packed too with our choir taking part in a sponsored sing!
We even had a visit from BBC Look North!  Please click here to view
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work we really do appreciate your continued support.
Kids Lit Quiz
This year’s North East regional heat of the national competition was a closely fought and particularly challenging contest.
Although Yarm – an independent school - won decisively, each of the next four teams was separated by just one point and nearly every round went to a tie breaker involving a large number of teams.
The rounds on Amphibians, Clocks, Clothing, Escapes, Houses, Knights, Little People, Snakes and Snow & Ice all sounded quite promising - but the questions were tough!
Despite not making the top ten, our teams performed magnificently and enjoyed themselves immensely. We have high hopes of our Year 6 team, who were not at all phased by being two years younger than most of the other competitors and are already planning some strategies for success in next year’s contest!
Guy Bass - Author Visit - Thursday, 9th November
On November 9th, Year 5 children were treated to an energetic and entertaining performance from Guy Bass, award-winning author of the Spynosaur, Stitch Head and Dinkin Dings series.
 Guy explained that his books reflect the way he pictured the world as he was growing up and confessed that he created the Spynosaur series to indulge his childhood ambition to be a dinosaur!
Guy drew upon his background in the theatre to debunk some of the white lies we tell our children – carrots help you see in the dark; spiders are more afraid of you than you are of them; the ice cream van plays its jingle when it has run out of ice cream – and reduced the audience to helpless laughter with his portrayal of an aggressive spider!
Aided by a member of the audience dressed as Spynosaur, he rounded off his performance with a lively reading from his latest novel, Goldenclaw and took time to have a proper conversation with every child that had bought one of his books.
We all enjoyed this event enormously!  Click here to read further
Year 5 Wilderness School
'Area and perimeter, poetry and coordinates are just some of the topics that have been covered by Year 5 pupils during their trips to Wilderness School. Each Friday 15 students have travelled to Wallington to take part in a scheme that focuses on delivering core curriculum subjects in an engaging and stimulating outdoor environment. It is believed that by giving children the opportunity to connect with their learning in new and innovative ways, Wilderness School can lead to improvements in the classroom and beyond. So far we have seen a great increase in confidence amongst the children taking part, not to mention the development of new friendships and a growing interest in the natural world around us. With only 2 sessions left the group are looking forward to storytelling on Friday 1st December and the possibility of snow before Christmas!'

Victorian School Workshops 
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a Victorian pupil at school? Year 5 were lucky enough to participate in a Victorian style lesson in November. The students were sat in rows, had to be completely silent and write using an ink pen!  The teacher (from Beamish Museum), was very convincing but the children were all in agreement that school nowadays is much better!
Year 6 Beamish Visit. 
In November, our Year 6 cohort had the opportunity to visit Beamish Open Air Museum. The museum tells the story of life in the north east through the Victorian period and into the 1940s. The children first had to solve a mystery - the death of James White- a young boy who was killed in the mine. Through visiting various places in the museum and interviewing people, they managed to piece the information together and solve the mystery. Not only that but they got to go 'down the mine' and experience the pitch black conditions miners would have to work in at the coal face. The children really enjoyed this experience as part of their history curriculum. 
Christmas Jumper Day
On Tuesday 19th December, to coincide with our Christmas lunch, children can wear a Christmas jumper in replacement of their normal school jumper. You could spruce up an old jumper with tinsel, baubles and pompoms if you don't have a Christmas jumper. This is optional and there is no charge for taking part, however, the children are expected to still wear the rest of their normal uniform.

Creative Arts

Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools Performance of ‘The Conquest of Morpeth’
Students from Chantry and Newminster Middle Schools were invited to participate in a Heritage Lottery funded drama based on a new book written for children by Bridget Gubbins called ‘The Conquest of Morpeth’. They have been attending drama club on Tuesdays after school and working really hard this term.  Students have examined different drama techniques including: freeze frames, script writing, prop making, costume design, movement, music and shadow puppetry.
They staged a performance of their own self-devised work based on ‘The Conquest of Morpeth’ on Thursday 23rd November 2017 in the Chantry Middle School Hall.  It was extremely well received by the packed out audience which included the author, illustrator and Mrs Patricia Murray, consort of the Civic Head of Northumberland County Council.
Signed versions of the children’s book, ‘The Conquest of Morpeth’ by Bridget Gubbins, were on sale at the event.
Quote from Bridget Gubbins – “I was overwhelmed by the magnificent interpretation of the stories in the book.  From the terrifying devil masks to the unhappy Juliana obliged to marry Ranulph de Merlay.  From the battle scenes to the poor village girl who had to work at the castle.  The children made these stories about Morpeth’s history all their own.  As a writer and researcher, seeing the stories being brought alive by these youngsters makes all the work worthwhile.”

With colourful illustrations by local artist Susan Dibben, the book is available for sale in Morpeth bookshops, just in time for Christmas, and costs only £5.00
Choir Sung for the Coca Cola Truck
Pupils in the Newminster Middle School and Chantry Middle School choir sang outside Rutherford's window to entertain crowds who had come to see the Coca Cola Truck on Thursday 16th November in the Morpeth, They sang brilliantly to a packed audience.
Well done to everyone who performed.


Friends of Chantry Committee
Thank you to those parents who came to the PTA meeting on Tuesday 21st November, The minutes can be found on the school website. It was great to see some new parents at the Autumn Disco where £570 was raised - thank you. The next PTA meeting will be held at 7.00pm on Tuesday 16th January in the school library. All parents are very welcome! Thank you to those parents who helped out at the Year 5 Christingle today.
Below is a list of events for the remainder of the Autumn Term.
Date Event Help needed to…….
Friday 15th December  Christmas Fayre 2.00pm - 3.30pm  Serve refreshments
Set up and run stalls [help needed in the morning too]
Tuesday 19th December  Christmas Disco 6.30pm - 8.00pm 
Serve refreshments 
We will be having a non school uniform day on Friday 8th December with donations accepted for the Christmas Fayre. All donations are gratefully received but the following donations are suggested;

Year 5 - decorate and fill a sweet jar
Year 6 - chocolate or sweets
Year 7 - bottles e.g ketchup, coca cola, juice 
Year 8 - toiletries 

If you have any further items, books, DVDs. Bric a brac, please send them into school on Friday 15th December. Cakes will also be received on the day.
The Christmas Fayre will start at 2.00 pm and finish at 3.30 pm.  Please note that children will not be able to go home before 3.30pm. Admission is FREE. 
If you are able to help out at any of the events, please contact the school office. 
Phoebe Bland
As if Monday mornings aren't daunting enough in the winter Year 7 pupil Phoebe Bland has an even earlier start to her day.

Phoebe swims for Newcastle Swim Team and has been promoted to Competitive Development 1 Squad which involves 12 hours training per week plus a 5.30am training session each Monday morning.

Phoebe has been swimming competitively now for 3 years where she has progressed from club competitions to regional meets. She is ranked in the top 75 in the country for her freestyle and in the top 15 in the County
Swimming as with all competitive sports is great for developing a healthy outlook on life and learning to deal with both success and disappointment in life.

Keep up the great work Phoebe!!
Poppy Appeal
Thank you to everyone who bought a poppy in school in November to commemorate those who have given their lives for us all in war. 
We had a Remembrance Day assembly and observed a two minute silence. Thank you to Val Cowan for leading the assembly and for the performaance by the choir.

Non School Uniform Days
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the non-school uniform day for Children in Need on Friday 17th November where we raised a whopping £415.98.

Further Non School Uniform Days clarified for 2017/18 are; 

Friday 8th December - donations for Christmas Fair
Thursday 22nd March  – Donations for Easter Extravaganza
Friday 15th June – Donations for Summer Fair

Year 6 Parent’s Lunch
Thank you to those parents of students in Year 6 who attended the Maths lesson and lunch over the past month.  There will be further opportunities for all parents to have lunch in the New Year. Watch this space.

Some comments from parents included; 

" Thanks for the invitation"

" I really enjoyed the maths lesson. It was amazing to remember some of my maths from school especially vulgar fractions!"

Updates & Reminders

Parents’ Evenings 
You should have received your child's report today  with an invitation to Parents Evening on either next Thursday or the follwong Tuesday. We look forward to seeing you there if you have any questions. 

Please remember that if you wish further information about our assessment procedures, please visit the school website.  

Parents Forum / Head of School Coffee Events
We really do appreciate the views of our parents and hold a couple of parents’ forums per term.  Although only a handful of parents attend, we have had some really useful discussions.
Attendance at the two events this term have been particularly poor.  There will be a further meeting at 10.15am on Tuesday 5th December. I will announce the dates for the spring term in the January newsletter.  Please feel free to come along and have a coffee.  These meetings work particularly well if you identify any issues you wish to discuss before the meeting so that resources can be prepared
Polite notice
Can all parents please ensure that if you would like to send a message to staff via email that you use the generic email and not staff’s individual emails.  Emails will be forwarded to staff by our school administrator who monitors these on a daily basis.  Alternatively you may ring the school office on 512874.  We will endeavour to respond to all emails and phone calls within 24 hours.

Thank you for your understanding
Second hand uniform
Please remember that second hand uniform is available from school.  Please contact the school office for further information.
Now that all childen have lockers there should be no lost property in school. However, all named lost property will be returned to its owner.  Please reinforce the need for your child to look after their things and take responsibility for this.
Whole School Attendance up to Friday 24th November was 97.1%. We need to work really hard to keep this at this level.
Below are the individual class attendances for each class up to Friday 24th November;

5B 5I 5N 5R 6C 6L 6W 6S
97.5% 98.2% 97.2% 98.1% 96.8% 98.1% 96.6% 96.8%
7M 7S 7W 7He 8O 8S 8N 8J
98.5% 97.5% 97.2% 96.9% 95.0% 96.8% 98.1% 94.9%
Your child’s attendance was included on their reports – if it is below 90% then your child is classed as a persistent absentee. Please make sure that your child attends school to increase their attendance.
Please remember that there are statutory arrangements in place for term time absences as dictated by the Government. Schools MAY NOT grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  We will consider each request individually taking into account the circumstances, such as the nature of the event which leave is sought along with the child’s current attendance and ability to catch up on missed schooling.
Please continue to submit a holiday form which should be sent into school for the attention of Mrs Sarah Chattaway.
We would also ask that you make doctor and dental appointments out of school hours if at all possible.
Homework policy
Please remember that the school’s homework policy and your child’s homework timetable is posted on the school website.  All children have been given a homework book in English and Maths and this should come home at least once a week.  We would be grateful if you could sign the homework at the end of the piece of work.
If you have any questions about homework please contact your child’s subject teacher
Adverse Weather
We are currently updating our Adverse Weather policy.  It is imperative that we have the correct contact details so we can contact you.  If you have changed these recently please contact Mrs Pringle in the school office so our records are up to date.  Please remember that you will receive a text if we are closed. Otherwise we are open as normal.  There will also be updates on our school website.
School Direct
Do you want to train to be a teacher in the 3 Rivers or Morpeth Partnership?
The Three Rivers Teaching School is a lead school for School Direct, an exciting new way to train to become a teacher.  Currently we have 7 students training to be teachers in our partner schools. Next year we are hoping to increase the number of places we can offer.
If you would like further information please contact Mrs Susan Brown, Lead Professional for ITT, at Chantry or visit our website.

Student Christmas Market
Students from Chantry, Newminster and KEVI will be selling stocking fillers and handmade gifts on Saturday 9 December, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm in Morpeth Market Place.

Please come along and support the students and pick up the perfect Christmas gift whilst doing so!

U13 Football
Chantry had a very competitive match against Newminster in the cup but sadly were beaten 3-0 by a good team with some stand out talent.
U12 Football
The U12's lost in their cup to a very strong Cramlington Learning Village team but never gave up and fought to the end of a very hard match. They deserve lots of credit for this attitude.
In the ESFA National U12 5-a-side comp District round the boys beat off competition from Duchess to qualify for the next round. They showed great fight and desire after going 2-0 down against Duchess before winning 5-3.  A superb effort that we were proud of!

Girls U13 Football
The girls played a round robin tournament with Ashington High School and NCEA. They won both matches with very pleasing performances on a very cold evening!
In another league match the girls played well to overcome a very resilient Dr Thomlinson's team. The girls continue to commit to training and show that they are picking up skills and techniques week by week and are a pleasure to work with.
Our U13 Netball team have had a great first half to the netball session, winning all but one match.
On Monday 20th November Chantry played Newminster with only 7 players, due to two players being unwell. It was a very close game with both teams taking the lead at one point. Unfortunately Chantry lost out to Newminster just before the final whistle to with a score of 5-6.  Overall though a great effort from the girls.
In the same week on Thursday 23rd November Chantry played Whytrig Middle School and won convincingly 19 – 4.
Year 7 girls are playing exceptionally well in the Campbell Cup Netball Competition, winning both of their matches.  Details are as follows:
Thursday 16th November – Highfield School won                 8 - 4
Monday 27th November - Ponteland Middle School won      8 – 2
There has also been a number of friendly netball matches for Year 7 and 8 girls who regularly come to netball club, with some good results.  Our Year 6 girls also played a friendly against Highfield School.
It is so good to see so many girls really keen to play netball. We have excellent numbers coming to all of our lunch time clubs in Year 5, Year 6 Year 7 and Year 8.
Forthcoming Sporting Events:
6th December - Area Cross Country Championships for Year 7 & Year 8 at Woodhorn Country Park.
7th December – School Games Volleyball Competition for Year 7 & Year 8 at Chantry.
13th December – Rowing Competition for Year 7 & Year 8 at Cambois Rowing Club.
The following out of hour’s clubs will continue in 2018
Tuesday 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm Badminton
Wednesday 8.00 am – 8.50 am Futsal
  3.00 pm – 5.00 pm Karate
Chantry Middle Autumn Term House Points 2017-18
    Bertram De Merlay Greystoke
Year 8 Football 7 10 16 21
Year 7 Football 12 26 12 22
Year 6 Tag Rugby 27 24 19 18
Year 5 Tag Rugby 19 25 25 20
Winning House 65 85 72 81

Dates for your Diary

Dates 17-18
All these dates are given in good faith but may change.
They have been posted on the school website and will be shared in the newsletter.
Mon 4th Dec Year 6 Citizenship talks - Staying Safe with Dave Burn
Tues 5th Dec 10.15am - Parents Forum with Mr Johnson
All day - Year 6 Clued Up Kidz Workshops
Wed 6th Dec All day - Area Cross Country Championships at Woodhorn
Thursday 7th Dec 6C visit to Safety Works
4pm - 7pm - Parents Evening
Friday 8th Dec Non School Uniform Day - Donations for Xmas Fair
Saturday 9th Dec Morpeth Teenage Market in Morpeth Market Place
Monday 11th Dec All day - Year 8 Clued Up Kidz Workshops
Tues 12th Dec All day - Year 7 Clued Up Kidz Workshops
4pm - 7pm - Parents Evening
Wed 13th Dec All day - Year 7 & 8 Rowing Competition at Cambois
Friday 15th Dec 2pm - Christmas Fayre
Tuesday 19th Dec Christmas Jumper Day ( optional)
Christmas Lunch
6.30pm - 8.00pm - Christmas Disco
Wed 20th Dec 6pm - St James’ Christmas Service
Thurs 21st Dec Christmas Treat Day - touring pantomime in school
Friday 22nd Dec NSU for attendance & class points
3.30pm - Break up for Christmas holidays
Mon 8th Jan 8.55am - Back to school
Friday 12th Jan Am - Year 5 Clowning Around - CEIAG
Pm - Year 7 Dave Burn Workshops - Drug Awareness
Tuesday 16th Jan Sign to Sing Event
All day - Cross Country at Temple Park
7pm - PTA meeting
Wed 17th Jan 6pm - Ski trip parents meeting
Friday 19th Jan Am - Year 5 Clowning Around - CEIAG
All day - Sportshall Athletics
Mon 22nd Jan Book Fair Week
Fri 2nd Feb Year 8 Dave Burns Workshop - Healthy Relationships
Sat 3rd Feb 7pm - 3 Rivers Ceilidh
Tues 6th Feb 6.30pm - 8.00pm - Spring Disco
Friday 9th Feb Am - Year 7 Duck Production CEIAG
Pm - Whole School Careers Afternoon
3.30pm - Break up for half term
Friday 16th Feb Teacher Training Day
Monday 19th Feb 8.55am - Back to school
Friday 23rd Feb Am - Year 7 Duck Production CEIAG
Thurs 1st March World Book Day
Thurs 8th March 10am - KS2 Mother’s Day Service
Friday 9th March British Science Day
Data entry closes for reports
Mon 12th March Year 8 Ski Week
Thurs 15th March BBC School Report Day
Mon 19th March House Matches
Tuesday 20th March Reports out
6.30pm - 8.00pm - Easter Disco
Thurs 22nd March Non School Uniform Day for Easter Extravaganza
Fri 23rd March Whole School Enterprise Day - CEIAG
Monday 26th March 4pm - 7pm - Parents Evening
Tuesday 27th March 4pm - 7pm - Parents Evening
Thurs 29th March NSU for attendance & class points
Pm - Easter Extravaganza
3.30pm - Break up for Easter holidays
Mon 16th April 8.55am - Back to school
Saturday 21st April 7.00pm - Jazz Concert at KEVI
Tuesday 24th April 6.30pm - Ensemble Evening
Friday 4th May Year 7 Construction Day - CEIAG
Monday 7th May May Day Holiday
Tuesday 8th May Year 5 Hawkhirst - 4 days
Monday 14th May SATS Week
Friday 18th May Year 8 Careers Speed Dating - CEIAG
Monday 21st May Year 6 Kingswood
Wed 23rd May Year 6 Theatre Visit to see Matilda
Year 8 World of Work Conference at Kirkley Hall
Fri 25th May 3.30pm - Break up for half term
Mon 4th June 8.55am - Back to school
Tues 5th June 6.30pm - 8.00pm - Summer Disco
Fri 8th June Pm - Lit Quiz
Tues 12th June 5.30pm - Year 8 Parents Information Evening at KEVI
Wed 13th June Father’s Day Lunch
Thurs 14th June Dress Rehearsal for Summer Showcase
Friday 15th June Dress Rehearsal for Summer Showcase
NSU for Summer Fayre
Data entry closes for reports
Monday 18th June 6.30pm - Summer Showcase
Tues 19th June 6.30pm - Summer Showcase
Wed 20th June Sports Day
Thurs 21st June Year 8 1:1 interviews at KEVI
Fri 22nd June 2pm - Summer Fayre
Reports out
Tues 26th or Thurs 28th June Northumberland Games - tbc
Thurs 28th June 4pm - 7pm - Parents Evening
Friday 29th June Teacher Training Day
Thurs 5th July Chantry Transfer Day 1
Fri 6th July Chantry Transfer Day 2
Tuesday 10th July Year 5 Swimming Gala
Wed 11th - Fri 13th July Year 8 London trip
Tues 17th July Year 6 Swimming Gala
Year 8 Graduation at Morpeth Leisure Centre
Wed 18th July Year 8 Prom at Morpeth Rugby Club
Thurs 19th July Rewards Day
Friday 20th July NSU for attendance & class points
3.30pm - End of term
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