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8 May 2015


From the Principal

This week our Years 10 and 11 students were able to hear from Paul Dillon, from Drug and Alcohol Research Australia, who presents in a very clear way the latest statistics and information on drug and alcohol use. In a conversation with Paul last year I was impressed by his knowledge and objective approach to these topics, which are often sensationalised in the media. Our young people need good information if they are to make good choices. Likewise parents need up-to-date information if they are to help their adolescents assess risks, plan for various eventualities and ensure that they exercise their authority as parents. While they may not always appreciate it at the time, in the long run I believe adolescents respond well to clear boundaries and expectations. I hope that our students have been able to have open and frank discussions with their parents about these topics, which inevitably confront each of us at some stage in our lives.

Next week Years 7 and 9 students will sit the NAPLAN tests. These tests were originally planned to be diagnostic tests, identifying areas of strength and weakness both for individual students and for schools more generally. Each year when we receive the test results our Literacy and Numeracy Support teachers analyse the results and share with teaching staff strategies to address any areas of concern. As well we are able to identify those areas in which students excel. In conjunction with other data on student performance the test results help teachers to form a picture of student needs. Students should not be anxious about these tests, as they provide a snapshot of performance on one particular day and do not form a comprehensive summary of a student’s ability, skill or learning growth.

Parents and Friends Dinner Dance

The P&F Executive has been planning for this event for some months. I am very much looking forward to sharing an evening with parents in a relaxed setting. This is a great way to develop your friendships with other parents, to get to know others in the MSB community and to enjoy an evening of fine food, music, conversation and dancing.

Thursday was a very busy day, firstly welcoming over 700 mums for the Mother/Daughter Breakfast, followed by College Tours. It is wonderful that so many mums were able to be with their daughters as we recognised and celebrated the great gift of motherhood. The relationship between mother and daughter is a unique one and, while at times it can be fraught with tension, especially during adolescence, it is a relationship that for most of us has an enduring impact on the way we live our lives. Even those of us whose mums are no longer physically with us, can celebrate the memories we have and the ongoing love we have. I wish all mums, and those who fill the role of mother to someone in their lives, a day filled with love and appreciation.

In the person of Mary Mother of God we have a perfect example of the strength, wisdom and love which all mothers are called to bring to their roles:

Mary we turn to you.
We thank the Lord for the great gift of motherhood.
We ask you to intercede for all of our mothers.
Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace and strength daily to say yes to the vocation of motherhood.
May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration for all of us.


Maria Pearson

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Mission News

During the past week we have been overwhelmed with the extent of the tragic aftermath of the earthquake which struck the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and the surrounding Gorkha district on April 25th. It is hard for us to imagine the scale of suffering and hardship which results from such devastation and when faced with such tragedy we inevitably feel quite powerless to respond. A number of conversations have taken place among students and colleagues to consider how we might respond meaningfully.

As always, our prayers are an important element of our response. Our community prayer for last week focused on the needs of people such as those currently affected and we will continue to pray for those who suffer as well as for those who are working to assist them. We are also considering an appropriate fundraising response so that we can make a practical contribution alongside our prayer. Currently groups such as our College Mission Team, Student Representative Council and Social Justice Portfolio are formulating our response. Families may also wish to make a donation directly to one of the agencies involved in the relief effort. Our College community has close and ongoing ties with Caritas Australia who are contributing to the international response.

Caritas Program Director Ms Eleanor Trinchera who was close to Kathmandu when the earthquake struck is reported as saying “we witnessed terrible scenes of destruction - hospitals were evacuated with patients being treated on the ground outside, homes and buildings demolished and some roads cracked wide open.”

More information about the impact of the earthquake and the details of the Caritas response can be seen on the Caritas website.

It is also possible to donate to Caritas through this link. Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.

This week we welcomed hundreds of our mums to the College as we celebrated Mother’s Day with our annual Mother and Daughter Breakfast. It is something of a miracle to see such a large number of people served with pastries, fruit, juice, tea and coffee in such a short space of time. A big thanks goes to our Special Events team and our Hospitality Portfolio for making this happen so smoothly. A special thank you as well to our Liturgy Portfolio who provided a lovely prayer for us to conclude the gathering.


Preparations are now well underway for our “One World Week” focus which will take place in week 6 from May 25th -29th. This week is a combined project of our Environment and Social Justice Portfolios. A highlight of this week will be our annual Social Justice Forum to be held on the evening of May 26th. The forum is open to MSB students in Years 10, 11 and 12. We anticipate hosting approximately 200 students from approximately 20 other schools. The theme of the forum is “Changing the Conversation” about refugees and asylum seekers. We are looking forward to hearing how students from different schools have taken action in their own schools and learning from one another in how we can enhance and strengthen our responses to those in need.

Also during “One World Week” we look forward to welcoming students and teachers from St Edmund's school to our assembly. Over the past few weeks Year 10 students from MSB have been collaborating with students from St Edmund's in developing items to be performed at this assembly. It represents the culmination of a number of ventures with St Edmund's, beginning with our SOJAD program in Year 8 and including our lunch time mentoring program, as well as this learning partnership in the Creative and Performing Arts area.

Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

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Curriculum News

Broken Bay Chef Challenge

Year 12 Hospitality students competed in a Master Chef style commercial cookery competition last Friday at St Peter's Tuggerah. Seven schools from Sydney and the Central Coast battled it out in the inaugural competition. Our students Olivia Finnan, Kate Christie and Lauren Khoury designed their two course menu from a prescribed list of ingredients. They were assessed on their menu design, workflow, technical skills and final product by head chef from Kooindah Waters Resort and Sandra Stowe Head of Commercial Cookery at Ourimbah TAFE. The girls were interviewed during the hour and one-half cooking period and they came away with a fantastic finished menu that was a favourite amongst the contestants.

Hospitality is a Vocational and Educational course with HSC accreditation available to students in Years 11 and 12.

Elizabeth Dirckze
Coordinator of Teaching and Learning

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From the Studies Coordinator

Increased workload and desire to achieve high results can lead to increased stress in young people’s study lives. Balance can be hard to achieve when the mind is cluttered with a long to-do list.

Listed below are a couple of options for students needing help to ‘stress less’.

One is The HSC Stress Less App (available for iphones and androids) that has been designed for New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) students to manage their stress and difficult emotions throughout this high pressure year via the use of Mindfulness Meditation. Mindfulness is the art of "intentional attention". That is, being able to step back and observe, in a non-judgemental manner, our inner sensations and experiences.

This app has been designed by the University of Wollongong, Australia, as part of a research project aimed at determining whether using the app helps students to stress less and have better mental health in their HSC year.

The app provides audio guided meditations of varying lengths (from 1 minute to 10 minutes) which will allow students to build up their "Mindfulness Muscle" so that they are better able to "unstick" themselves from stressful feelings. The app allows users to set reminders in their phone or tablet to remind them to practise their Mindfulness skills regularly.

An app for HSC students or any students needing some assistance to ‘stress less’

The other option is a two hour course Study Without Stress workshop for HSC students for a cost of $35 run by the Centre for Emotional Health and HSC in the Holidays at Macquarie University in the July Holidays.

The HSC years are challenging for many students.  An increased academic workload coupled with high expectations to perform often lead to stress and anxiety.

The Centre for Emotional Health has partnered with the organisers of HSC in the Holidays to offer your students a two hour workshop which will teach them:

  • Why and how the body reacts to stress
  • How unhelpful thinking, perfectionism and procrastination may be sabotaging them
  • The importance of social and physical pursuits to maintain balance

By the end of the 2-hour workshop, students will have tips and tools to:

  • Change the way they view school and exam stress
  • Deal with work avoidance and unrealistic expectations
  • Tackle exam anxiety

There are two workshops being offered at Macquarie University campus:

  • Monday 6 July from 10.00am to Midday OR
  • Tuesday 7 July from 10.00am to Midday.

Cost is $35.

Students can also always access the online Study Skills Handbook by ELES which also has units and fact sheets on Managing Stress, Managing Workload, Dealing with Distractions, Overcoming Procrastination and Developing Motivation.

The user name is: formsbenonly and the password is: 124results

Gabrielle Keats
Studies Coordinator

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NAPLAN will take place on Tuesday 12 May, Wednesday 13 May and Thursday 14 May for all Year 7 and Year 9 students. Girls in Year 9 will complete all tests in the Hall and girls in Year 7 will complete tests in classrooms with their base class. Girls will be notified of the rooms via Student Notes. Please remind your daughter to check the student notes prior to the beginning of Week Four.

The tests on Tuesday will commence in Period 2 and go until the end of Period 3. On both Wednesday and Thursday, tests will take place in Periods 1 and 2.

Your daughter will be provided with a pencil but may bring other pencils, a sharpener and an eraser. NO mobile phones will be permitted into any test room. On Thursday all girls need to have with them a working calculator that they know how to use.

Make-up day will be Friday 15 May. Please ensure that if your daughter is sick, she stays at home. If she is well by Friday, she may do the test.

Further information can be found here:

Please contact Mrs Hadfield or Ms Collins Pope for any enquiries.

Jen Collins Pope

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'Group Devising' a Year 11 Drama Incursion

On Friday Year 11 Drama had an Incursion, in their double Drama lesson, on Group Devising with the Director Shannon Murphy (organised through Belvoir St Theatre Education Department).

Devising is the creation of theatrical work from scratch. It involves tapping into our creative brains and sparking ideas over and over again, distilling what to keep and what to let go of. Then there is the challenge of moulding these concepts into a structure that is entertaining and effective. In the workshop the students had the opportunity to explore devising work from visual, factual, physical and musical inspirations. Through exercises they learnt the tools to devise their own work and had the opportunity to create their own piece in groups which they critiqued together and learnt from.

The students are having to devise their own performances in small groups this term so it was a wonderful way to start this process. These workshop activities will also be of great value when they reach Year 12 and have to create a Group Performance for their HSC.

'It was really good. We had so many opportunities to improvise, playbuild and work in groups effectively. We got a lot of constructive feedback and Shannon was fantastic!' Emily Boffa

'It was so inspiring to have a professional approach to our work taught to us in a way that refreshes and motivates our future ideas.' Georgia Gebrael

'It was a very worthwhile workshop. It enabled me to set goals for myself to work towards the HSC. Very positive experience. Love Belvoir.' Rhiannon Hassan

Gabrielle Keats and Lisa Stevens
Drama Teachers

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College News

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Online bookings open Monday 18 May.

SpineOut Review

Congratulations to Year 9 student Emily James whose review of the new release 'Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean' by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar and Anita Roy was selected to feature in the May edition of 'SpineOut' magazine. Well done Emily!

SpineOut is a new exciting online magazine for Young Adults, brought to you by the Good Reading team, a link to SpineOut magazine can be found on the College LibGuide

It’s a special place for Young Adults (YA’s) to express their ideas and thoughts and to share their creativity in words, art, film or music.

Schools and colleges subscribe to SpineOut on behalf of their students, providing access from school or home. Students are encouraged to be part of this new fun online resource by submitting reviews of newly published YA books that we provide, book trailers, poems, short stories, music lyrics, videos and art work. Students wishing to share their creative pieces in SpineOut, please see Mrs Shiels in the IRC.

Rebecca Shiels
Teacher Librarian

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From the Fees Desk

Term Two fees are now due.

If the College has a Direct Debit authority for term payments, they were deducted on Friday 8 May. If paying manually, you are reminded that half of the 2015 fees were due Friday 8 May.

If you have any queries regarding your fees account, please contact Mrs Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or

Fiona Barnett
Fees Administrator

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Wrapped with Love

The College is once again participating in the WRAP WITH LOVE Project.

We will be knitting squares to make into wraps for those less fortunate.

SQUARES: 25cm x 25cm (10"x10")
WOOL: 8 ply
NEEDLES: 4mm (size 8 imperial) This is approximately 47 - 50 stitches

I am appealing to the MSB community for assistance - either with knitting squares or in providing left-over wool in any of the eight house colours (white, green, red, cerise, purple, orange, blue and yellow), but particularly red, orange and yellow. Black (for contrast) would also be very useful. Please leave at Student Services marked for Mrs Davey.

We can all make a difference. For further information: click here

Gail Davey

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P & F News

MSB Dinner Dance

Saturday 30 May
Castle Hill RSL Club


RSVP Friday 15 May

Book online now


Beyond Bennies

Job growth in the aged care, health and science fields and a greater demand for project management, product management and creative skills were forecast to be a big part of our girls’ future career options at our Beyond Bennies Assembly last week. We were honoured to welcome back two ex-students from the Class of 1985 to share their career journeys. Jane Huxley, MD of Pandora Internet Radio and Megan Turner (nee Mullins) who spoke about her early career in the RAAF inspired the girls with their achievements and advice.

The girls were encouraged to keep being curious and ask questions, stick to their values, stay connected to their friends for professional networking and listen to the people around them – parents / teachers / close family friends who are their mentors, guiding them on their life journey.

If you believe you have a journey to share that will guide our current students, please let me know as we are always looking for alumni to share their stories please email: MSBESA

Michelle Blackman

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Representative Sport

If your daughter has recently achieved outstanding sporting results please send me an email so that the College can share in her success.

BROKEN BAY Website: There is a new BBSSSA site under construction - we will advise when it is 'live'

NSW CCC Website:

Representative Sports Calendar

Representative Sports Calendar - 2015 Term Two


MSB Athletics Carnival - Homebush
Wednesday 3 June


NSW CCC Selections
Monday 25 May
Self nominated students


NSW CCC Championships - Eastern Creek
Friday 12 June
BBSSSA Representative Team


NSW ALL SCHOOLS 15 Selections
Friday 29 May


Broken Bay OPEN Championships - Manly Vale
Monday 11 May (Friday 15 May b/up date)
MSB Senior Representative team

NSW CCC Selections
Monday 25/Tuesday 26 May

Monday 15/Tuesday 16 June

Broken Bay U13 & U15 Championships - Manly Vale
Thursday 18 June
MSB Junior/Intermediate Representative team


NSW ALL SCHOOLS Swimming/Diving Championships - Homebush
Monday 18 May
NSW CCC Team (9 MSB Students)


Y9/10 NSW All Schools Championships
Friday 12 June
(Y9/10 Rep Team)

NSW CCC Championships - Port Macquarie
Tuesday 16 June (Friday 19 June b/up date)

Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through NSW CCC will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website. I encourage you to visit the NSW CCC website if your daughter is an experienced state level athlete in any sport.

Please remember that these are trials for State teams and as such students must be very experienced for their nomination to be approved.

Representative Sports Trials and Training

Representative Sports Trials and Training - Week 4

Mon 11 May


Mon 11 May

Year 9/10 Netball

Trial 2

Mrs Walsh / TBA

Wed 13 May

Junior Netball

Trial 1(Year 8 only)

Mrs Grant / Miss Clark

Wed 13 May

Under 15 Soccer

Trial (Year 8/Y10 only)

Mr Campbell / TBA

Thu 14 May

JUNIOR Netball

Trial 2(Year 8 only)

Mrs Grant / Miss Clark

Fri 15 May

Year 11/12 Netball

Trial 2

Mrs McGregor / TBA

NSW CCC Swimming and Diving Championships

Nine out of the ten MSB swimmers who attended the NSW CCC Swimming Championships on Monday have now progressed to the NSW All Schools Championships - what a great result!

Outstanding performances from the day included -

  • Caitlin Walsh Year 8 - 1st Under 14 50m Breaststroke - new record, 2nd Junior 100m Breaststroke
  • Madeleine Emmett-Duignan Year 9 - 1st Under 15 50m Breaststroke
  • Our Senior Relay girls (Jessica Marcer, Olivia Taylor, Rachael Fraietta, Olivia Bygrave all from Y11) who won both the 4 x 50m Freestyle and the 4 x 50m Medley events.
  • Our 6 x 50 Relay team (Jessica, Armelle Kolton Y10, Maddi, Caitlin, Christina Kwon Year 7 and Nicole Sanders Year 7) who finished second.

Thanks again to Nathan Doyle and Cameron Elliot from C2K who assisted our relay teams on the day.

Congratulations to Nikki Waaijer (Year 8) who competing at the NSW CCC Diving Championships on Monday. Nikki finished a credible fourth in the Under 14 Springboard competition.

BBSSSA Cross Country Championships

The record continues - our Cross Country team brought home the Championship trophy for the 8th time in the past nine years. Although the weather was not as kind as it was for our own cross country our girls showed that they can compete in all weather conditions again achieving some impressive results in the rain.

In addition to being overall Champions our Under 13s finished second in the Teams event and our Under 14s, 15s, 16s, 17s and 18s finished first!

Individual Champions were Jemma Gallagher Under 14, Elly Gallagher Under 16 and Emily Bray Under 18.

In addition to these three Champions the following girls have also gained selection into the BBSSSA team to compete at the NSW CCC Championships on Friday 12 June -

  • Alicia Johns Year 7 2nd Under 13
  • Jessica Smillie Year 8 3rd Under 14s
  • Capri Vidler Year 9 2nd Under 15s
  • Jessica Corcoran Year 11 4th Under 16s
  • Caitlin Poile Year 11 6th Under 17s
  • Kirsten Simpson Year 11 2nd Under 17s
  • Jessica Marcer Year 11 5th Under 17s

These girls finished with top 8 finishes and are now reserves for the BBSSSA team -

  • Grace Michie Year 7 8th Under 13
  • Samantha Dale Year 8  8th Under 14
  • Hannah Breytenbach Year 9 8th Under 15
  • Sarah Jane Eades Year 11 7th Under 17
  • Jess Griffiths Year 11 8th Under 17

Thanks again to all of our parent spectators who stood in the rain to support our girls, especially Karen Michie who assisted with transport of an injured student, and to Gillian McGregor for fulfilling our course marshal commitment. Some great action photos are available on the Photos In A Flash Website (The password has been emailed to all girls).


Our Junior and Intermediate Basketball teams competed at Terrigal at the BBSSSA Championships on Thursday. Look out for a full report in next week's newsletter.


The Year 9/10 NSW All Schools Touch Teams Championships has been postponed to Friday 12 June.


To Georgia Dean and Sasha Savenko both from Y9 who gained selection into the NSW CCC Under 15 Netball Team that will compete at the NSW All Schools Championships later this month.

Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport

Training and Games for all winter sports

All girls are expected to wear their PDHPE uniform (shorts and polo shirt), with approriate footwear and safety equipment to all training sessions. The MSB tracksuit jacket and pants are the only items permitted to be worn when warm outerwear is needed.

On game day all girls are expected to arrive at their games at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the game or earlier if requested by the coach.  The girls are required to wear only the MSB tracksuit jacket and pants over their match uniforms for warmth.  No other jackets or hoodies are acceptable.

Netball training at Pennant Hills Park

Some of our netball teams are training at Pennant Hills Park after school where the change facilities are very limited. The girls in these teams only have been given permission to leave the College in their full winter tracksuit pants and jacket (NOT Jerseys) to travel to training. If the student does not have her full tracksuit she is to remain in her school uniform and change once at Pennant Hills Park.  The girls who have permission to leave the College in Full School Tracksuit Jacket and Pants have been issued a small card they are required to carry and present to a teacher if requested.

Any student who is not in correct uniform as outlined above may be issued with a uniform detention notice.

If you have any queries regarding uniform requirements please contact me.

Winter Sport Teams - Players still needed

Our winter sport teams in netball and soccer have had a wet start to the season, with many games and training sessions cancelled over the past few weeks. Fortunately our basketball teams play indoors and are now into Round Three of their competitions with the teams working well at their games.

We still have vacancies in a few of our teams and would love a couple more players to boost the team numbers.

Year 7 players are still needed to join our two basketball teams and Year 8 players are still needed to join our football/soccer team.

Basketball for Year 7 is played on Thursdays at 5.00pm at Fred Caterson Reserve in the Hills Basketball competition.  Basketball training is on Monday afternoon from 3.40pm - 4.30pm at the College.

Football/soccer for Year 8 is played on Sunday mornings at various fields around the Ryde and Hornsby Council areas.  Training is on Tuesday afternoons from 3.30pm - 4.30pm.

If you are interested please download the relevant registration package below:

If you would like to join one of these teams please contact me as soon as possible.

Catherine Cox Coaching Clinic

All MSB netball players are invited to attend a special coaching clinic with Catherine Cox on Monday 15 June. Catherine has played for the Australian National Team in over 100 test matches, winning the Australian championships of 2004, 2006 and 2007. In 2008 she was captain of the NSW Swifts. Now in 2015 you can be part of a small group of MSB netball players to receive her personal tuition and coaching.

The Clinic will be held on Monday 15 June at Pennant Hills Park from 4.00pm - 6.00pm. The cost is $30 per person and must be paid in advance - cash only. Please complete the attached registration form and forward the form and monies to Student Services in a clearly marked envelope "Netball - Catherine Cox Clinic". Payments must be received prior to the clinic. All participants will receive a small goody bag. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to start the season right!

Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

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Australian Catholic University

Why choose ACU?

We're unique
Australian Catholic University (ACU) has seven campuses around Australia. We empower students to think critically, ethically and to bring about change in their communities and professions.

We value you
As a publicly-funded university, we welcome staff and students of all beliefs and backgrounds. We are committed to providing equal access to education for all people.

Practical experience
Students undertake professional placements and volunteer work throughout their studies, with many securing excellent jobs before they graduate.

Community engagement is also a core part of every student's experience at ACU, to the point where it's embedded within our courses. This allows students to give back to their communities and make a difference through opportunities such as volunteer experience programs.

Travel the world

ACU students can attend an overseas university in more than 16 countries, complete international internships, and work in community programs around the world – all while receiving credit towards their degree.

Your success
The Office of Student Success provides academic skills, career development and counselling services, as well as support for people with special needs or disabilities on each campus.

Campus Life Coordinators and the ACU National Student Association (ACUNSA) ensure students have the resources they need to achieve a healthy study/life balance.

Catholic intellectual tradition

ACU is Australia's leading Catholic university and is supported by more than 2,000 years of Catholic intellectual tradition. As a member of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, we are devoted to communicating truth in every field of knowledge through teaching and research, as well as promoting the dignity of all people and the common good.

Undergraduate Course Info

Early Achievers Program

ACU Parent Information

Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor

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The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am to 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

Students may order and pay for purchases with our 'cashless' option using their Student ID card.
Cashless Canteen - Comprehensive instructions on how to use this system
Place a Canteen order .

Canteen Roster for the week commencing Monday 11 May







Karen Benco

Louise Weihen

Georgina Khamis

Josephine Vaggis


Charlene Worne

Lisa Follows

Roza Bindschedler


Lisa Young


Joanne Murrie 


Jeonghwa Jang 


Please notify Melissa if you are unable to attend or you would like to be removed from the roster.

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager

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