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    Christmas Carol Service 2019

    9th December 2019

    We’re full of Christmas spirit after yesterday’s Carol Service at Lion Walk Church. As always, the children performed beautifully! Thank you to everyone for joining us.

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    Form VI pupils enjoy a Victorian Day

    6th December 2019

    Form VI pupils enjoyed an educational visit to Braintree Museum earlier this week where they were given an authentic lesson from a role play teacher in a Victorian classroom and learned writing on slates.

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    Road Safety for Reception pupils

    5th December 2019

    Yesterday, Safer Essex came in to talk to our Reception pupils on how to keep safe on the roads. The children were reminded of the importance of always holding an adult’s hand when out and about, and safe places to play away from traffic.

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    Silly Socks, Bows and Ties for Children In Need 2019

    15th November 2019

    We raised £225 for Children In Need today. The children’s Silly Socks, Bows and Ties were superb and we all enjoyed a very colourful day.

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    Reception's Teddy Bears Picnic

    19th October 2019

    To mark the end of their topic about bears, Reception class pupils had a lovely Teddy Bears picnic. Everyone brought in their special bear from home and Mr Edwards made beautiful teddy bear biscuits and cupcakes for the children to eat. 

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    Form III Trip to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village

    4th October 2019

    Form III pupils thoroughly enjoyed their trip to West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village yesterday, where they explored the stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village, handled replica objects and studied finds from the site in the museum.

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    Cognita Global Be Well Day

    27th September 2019

    Today our pupils joined over 45,000 children and young people around the world to draw attention to the vital role of mental wellbeing in education. The mental health and wellbeing of young people is now one of the most pressing issues of our times and we spent the day focusing on it to mark ‘Global Be Well Day’, a worldwide event led by Cognita. 

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    First games lesson at new sports ground

    12th September 2019

    Pupils enjoyed their first Games lesson of the year on new grounds this week! We are fortunate to be so close to Colchester Royal Grammar School, allowing us to benefit from their outstanding playing fields and teaching staff.

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    FV and FVI visit the Tower of London

    12th July 2019

    Forms V and VI had a fabulous day visiting the Tower of London this week. They explored the Tower, looking at the armour, weapons and the Crown Jewels and met people from the 17th century.

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    Form II trip to Colchester Castle

    10th July 2019

    On Tuesday, Form II spent a wonderful day at Colchester Castle. They enjoyed a tour of the museum and dungeons, built a Celtic roundhouse and a Roman villa and dressed up as Celtic characters.

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    Garden Party 2019

    10th July 2019

    We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon for our Garden Party last week. Thank you to everyone who supported the event. An impressive £2372 was raised, to be shared between our charity ‘EACH‘ and Oxford House School.

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    Residential Trip to How Hill 2019

    20th June 2019

    Our children are having a wonderful time on their residential trip to How Hill in the Norfolk Broads. So far, they have been thatching, owl pellet dissecting, clay model making, den building, been on a nature riddle trail and much more.

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    Father's Day 2019

    20th June 2019

    On Monday, some of our dads took time out of their busy schedules to take part in some craft activities in Nursery and Reception. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to spend some quality time with their children and their friends in anticipation of Father's Day on Sunday.

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    Sports Day 2019

    7th June 2019

    How lucky we were to have such lovely weather for yesterday’s Sports Day. This year, for the first time, the children competed to earn points for their houses. It was wonderful to see them cheer their team mates on with such enthusiasm!

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    Reception class trip to Beth Chatto Gardens

    17th May 2019

    Our Reception class pupils enjoyed a wonderful day at The Beth Chatto Gardens yesterday and found lots of mini beasts hiding in the woodlands.

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    School Production 2019

    10th May 2019

    What a show! Our pupils performed brilliantly in this year’s school production of ‘Olivia’ and ‘The Pied Piper’ at The Mercury Theatre. Thank you to everybody who came and supported us on Sunday. We are so lucky to have such talented pupils!

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    FIV Trip to Stansted Mountfitchet

    5th April 2019

    On Tuesday, Form IV pupils visited Mountfitchet Castle, a Norman Motte and Bailey Castle and Village.

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    Easter Bonnet Parade 2019

    5th April 2019

    This morning the pupils celebrated Easter with an Easter bonnet parade. Some of the designs were truly impressive!

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    Early Years Mother's Day activities

    29th March 2019

    It was lovely to see many Mummies attend the Mother’s Day craft activities this week. It was a great opportunity to spend some time with their children in the class room.

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    Swimming Gala 2019

    29th March 2019

    Congratulations to our Swimming Gala winners! The Martin’s Girls Cup was won by Gabi in FVI while Quentin in FV took the Spendlove Boys Cup. Well done also to all the children for competing and thank you to all those parents who came along to support the pupils.

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    Form I History Trip

    27th March 2019

    We had wonderful weather on Tuesday for our trip to Colchester Natural History Museum. We enjoyed our mid-morning snack and lunch in the sunshine at Castle Park before seeing many wondrous artefacts and the Natural History Museum and the toy gallery at the Hollytrees Museum.

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    World Book Day 2019

    8th March 2019

    We had fun dressing up today to celebrate our love of reading for World Book Day. Children and staff looked fantastic dressed as their favourite book characters. Everybody enjoyed this celebration of reading and we are all inspired to read even more!

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    Form VI pupils celebrate secondary school offers

    4th March 2019

    Friday 1st March 2019 was National Offer Day, when thousands of parents across Essex found out which secondary school their child has been offered. All of our Form VI pupils were delighted with their secondary school offers, which included 11 offers of places at the Colchester grammar schools. We are very proud of all of our Form VI pupils and would like to congratulate each and every one of them.

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    Early Years 'Stay and Play' sessions

    14th February 2019

    It was lovely to see so many parents attend this week’s Early Years ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. The children were excited to welcome their parents in the classroom, and parents appreciated seeing their children interact with others and viewing some of their work.

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    Happy Chinese New Year!

    8th February 2019

    This week, we have been celebrating the start of the Chinese Year of the Pig. We were delighted to welcome Mrs Liao in Reception yesterday to speak to pupils about this wonderful festival.

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    Form VI talk on career possibilities

    5th February 2019

    We were privileged to welcome Mr Yoganathan to speak to our Form VI pupils about career possibilities. Pupils learnt about the differences between working in the private and the public sector and the opportunities available in both.

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    Form VI Shadow Theatre Performance

    31st January 2019

    Earlier this week, Form VI pupils created shadow puppet shows. The project was part of the science curriculum and aimed to extend pupils' understanding of how shadows are formed.

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    New School House System

    28th January 2019

    Today, our newly elected house captains helped to introduce the House System to pupils throughout the school. They handed out badges and presented the new house names and crests.

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    Form VI visit to Braintree Museum

    14th December 2018

    Form VI visited Braintree Museum yesterday and enjoyed a lesson from a role play teacher an authentic Victorian Classroom.

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    An amazing festive week at Oxford House School

    13th December 2018

    This week, Oxford House pupils have really been getting into the festive spirit with lots of Christmas activities.

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    School choir perform at care home

    13th December 2018

    Our school choir, led by music teacher Jillian Smith, performed for residents at Crouched Friars residential home in Colchester.

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    Christmas Carol Service 2018

    10th December 2018

    We’re full of Christmas spirit after yesterday’s Carol Service at Lion Walk Church. As always, the children performed beautifully!

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    A real life hero visits Reception

    4th December 2018

    As part of their Superheroes topic, our Reception pupils received a visit from PC Mond who gave up some of her very important time to come and talk to them about the role of a police officer.

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    Letters to Father Christmas

    30th November 2018

    From Colchester to the North Pole! Our Reception Children walked to our local post box today to post their letters to Santa.

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    Christmas Then and Now

    21st November 2018

    As part of their ‘Christmas Then and Now' history project, Form I pupils researched how their grandparents used to spend 25th December.

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    Children In Need 2018

    16th November 2018

    Today, the children joined in with the rest of the country to raise money for Children in Need. They participated in a non-uniform day and came in to school in spotty outfits, bright yellow onesies and Pudsey jumpers.

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    A visit from Colchester Royal Grammar School

    14th November 2018

    On Tuesday, Forms V & VI were taught by a group of enthusiastic A Level students from Colchester Royal Grammar School. This week’s topic was Geology and linked in with the science curriculum.

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    Form VI Ambassadors

    13th November 2018

    Over the last couple of weeks, Form VI pupils have been going through a selection process to become Form VI Ambassadors. After careful consideration and thorough interviews conducted by our headteacher Mrs Leyshon, six ambassadors have been appointed. They will support our School Captains and regularly take on an active role during school assemblies.

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    Diwali celebrations 2018

    7th November 2018

    This week we have been celebrating Diwali with lots of activities throughout the school. Our Form III pupils enjoyed an Indian dance lesson, while our younger pupils created Rangoli patterns and paper lanterns.

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    Reception class Teddy Bears picnic

    12th October 2018

    To celebrate the end of our topic all about ‘Bears’ we had a lovely Teddy Bears picnic. The children wrote invitations to their teddy bears, read the story,  sang the song and made shape bunting to decorate the classroom.

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    National Space Week 2018

    5th October 2018

    The school was the scene of an alien and astronaut invasion today, as we celebrated National Space Week to mark the launch of 'Sputnik' on 4th October 1957.

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    Friendship Ambassadors

    28th September 2018

    Our friendship ambassadors have been busy this month attending our playground friendship ‘bus stop’ to ensure that every child has someone to play with.

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    Fillpots Sunflower Competition

    24th September 2018

    We’re delighted to announce that we came second in Fillpots’ annual ‘Tallest Sunflower’ competition - a fabulous result, especially with the added complications of the hottest summer for years!

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    Form I 'A historical day!'

    22nd March 2018

    We had a marvellous morning at the Natural history Museum in Colchester, combined with a brief visit to Hollytrees toy section. The gift shops in both museums gave our children a chance to

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    Annual Swimming Gala

    15th March 2018

    Today we celebrated our annual swimming gala. The pupils over the last few weeks have been practising and perfecting their swimming skills, but also

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    Form IV Visit to Mountfitchet Castle

    14th March 2018

    Form IV had a fabulous trip to Mountfitchet Castle yesterday. The weather was very kind and we even got some sunshine!

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    The Vet comes to Oxford House

    8th February 2018

    This term our Reception class have been learning about amazing animals and this week, they received two very special visitors into their classroom! A vet called Ms James (Mae's mummy from Form II) and her veterinary nurse assistant, Lyndsey. Ms James and Lyndsey showed

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    Early Year's Christmas Nativity Production

    7th December 2017

    Once again, we were delighted to welcome so many parents, siblings and grandparents into school for our Early Year's production of the Christmas Nativity. The children performed each of their four performances

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    Fabulous Food Banks

    7th December 2017

    This year the school decided to support the local Colchester Food Bank as it's Christmas charity. The Food Bank was started in 2008 and has since helped many people in Colchester during times of hardship.

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    After School Cookery Club

    24th November 2017

    With the arrival in school last term of our chef, Mr Jay, it was decided to introduce an after school cookery club for the children.

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    Real Life Superheroes!

    24th November 2017

    This term, our Reception children have been discovering many different superheroes as part of their class topic. However, on Monday they were extremely lucky

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    Children in Need 2017

    20th November 2017

    Last Friday, the children joined in with the rest of the country to raise money for Children in Need. The children participated in a non-uniform day and

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    Our Reception class learn about Diwali

    17th October 2017

    Mrs Patel (Vivaan's mummy) visited our class to tell us about

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    Form V & VI Science Lessons

    13th October 2017

    Forms V & VI had new 'teachers' for a science lesson this week; they were taught by

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    Macmillan Coffee Morning at Oxford House

    2nd October 2017

    We were delighted to see so many parents at the Macmillan coffee morning last Friday morning. The weather was kind

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    Presentation Day

    14th July 2017

    As always at the end of each academic year, each member of staff and the current FV pupils vote to choose their new Head Boy, Head Girl and two Librarians for the following year. All votes were counted and this year we are delighted to announce the following results: Head Boy: Bhramav Head Girl: Lilyella Librarian: Elisa Librarian: George

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    Nursery II Class Visit

    14th July 2017

    As part of our people who help us topic, one of our parents, Mrs Miles, came into our Nursery II class last week and gave a very interesting talk about Reflexology. The children learnt how important it is to look after their feet. They also learnt where their solar plexus is on the foot and if they were to place their finger gently on this

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    The Tudors

    12th July 2017

    On Tuesday 11th July, Forms V and VI were transported back in time and the school hall at Oxford House became the Great Hall of the Court of Henry VIII in 1535. There were Lords and Ladies dressed in their finest clothes, served by 'servitors' at the Great Banquet. They were also entertained with plays, juggling and singing. The children thoroughly enjoyed their Tudor Day

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    Swimming Gala

    3rd July 2017

    Last Thursday our Form IV, V and VI pupils participated in our annual swimming gala. The pupils demonstrated pure talent, comradely and discipline throughout the event. We have some exceptional swimmers and many of the races were rather close. Well done to everyone for competing. We can announce our winners:- The Spendlove Boys swimming Cup was awarded to Oscar The Martin's Girls Swimming Cup was

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    Visiting Author - James Campbell

    3rd July 2017

    Last Tuesday, as a special reward with funds raised from the second hand uniform sales, the children welcomed James Campbell, author of the 'Boyface' series into school. He spent the day talking to the children in small classes about how he gets his ideas for his stories and how he turns those ideas into stories for his books. He was extremely entertaining and informative and funny. We

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    French Themed Day

    23rd June 2017

    On Monday 19th June Form VI arrived to Oxford House dressed in blue, red and white clothing in honour of our French themed day, including "berets et moustaches"! Some areas of the school had been decorated with "tricolore" flags and photos of famous French people, places and dishes. Our dedicated chefs had concocted a French inspired menu which was absolutely delicious... the "profiteroles" were very popular

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    Father's Day Celebrations

    21st June 2017

      On Friday we celebrated Father's Day. Many of our dads took time out of their busy schedules to have breakfast with their children. Mr Edwards, our Chef manager, provided a delicious breakfast menu and dads were able to choose from a meat free sausage and daddies sauce baguette, egg & mushroom muffin, cheese & tomato stuffed croissant or a smoked salmon bagel together with tea, coffee and fruit

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    Sports Day 2017

    20th June 2017

    Our Oxford House Sports Day was a huge success. In the morning our Nursery and Reception pupils participated in their running, fetch and carry plus bats and beanbag races. The children clearly enjoyed themselves and eagerly supported each other. The children were all awarded a book for taking part and the morning was finished off with refreshments for our parents. In the afternoon Forms I

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    Form II Visit to Colchester Castle

    12th June 2017

    On Friday 9th June, Form II had a really interesting and fun class trip to Colchester Castle. The first part of the day was spent visiting the Iron Age and Roman sections of the museum, going back in history and solving answers to questions, amongst all the artefacts. There was also the opportunity to dress up in Celtic costumes inside a mock roundhouse and experiment

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    How Hill 2017

    5th June 2017

    Forms V and VI enjoyed a very successful residential trip staying in the beautiful surroundings of How Hill Trust

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    From Caterpillar to Butterfly

    26th May 2017

    This half-term our Reception class have been following the cycle of the caterpillar with much excitement...

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    Persuasive Writing by Form V

    26th May 2017

    Form V persuasive writing on why you should register a place for your child at Oxford House.

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    FII Animals and their habitats

    7th February 2017

    In Form II we have been learning about animals and their habitats and how to care for animals. So I have brought my lop eared bunny, Bunty, into school for the day and the children really enjoyed learning how to feed him, look after him and handle him safely. I [...]

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    A special visit to the Reception class.

    7th February 2017

    To support our work on animals, on Thursday the 12th January Reception had some very special visitors of both the two-legged and four-legged kind! Mrs James, whose daughter Mae is in Form II, a local vet along with her veterinary nurse, a show chicken and Mae’s dog, came in to [...]

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    Form VI visit to Braintree Museum

    19th December 2016

      Oxford House School visited Braintree Museum on Friday 2nd December and enjoyed lessons in an authentic Victorian Classroom. Our pupils from Form VI  wore Victorian costumes for the day and participated in Victorian crafts and games. Here are some of their experiences: "We experienced an authentic Victorian lesson in a [...]

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    'Dragonslayer' Author Inspires Form III

    23rd November 2016

    On Friday 18th November Form III welcomed the author Pete Barrett to the class. Form III were prepared for his arrival with a range of probing questions to ask about being a published author and his life. As part of Form III's work on Myths and Legends the book 'Tich the [...]

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    The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations party at Oxford House

    16th June 2016

    The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations party at Oxford House took place last Friday and was a great success. The children came to school wearing red, white and blue and enjoyed a whole school party style lunch out on the playground. This was followed by a variety of games and activities which the children enjoyed [...]

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    Children took part in Readathon and raised a total of £1,283.56

    3rd March 2016

    The children took part in Readathon again this year and have raised a total of £1,283.56. Once again, we linked it in with World Book Day when all the children came to school for the day dressed as their favourite book character.

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    Inter-school cross country race

    24th February 2016

    Representitives from Forms III and IV took part in a rather muddy inter-school cross country race at the Colchester Rugby Club track. Our team ran admirably, with the girls and boys achieving a high second place in both their respective races. We are absolutely delighted and very proud of all [...]

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    Children joined together with the NSPCC Raise £2,180.93

    5th February 2016

    The children joined together with the NSPCC over several weeks and participated in various events to raise money for this wonderful charity. A tremendous amount of £2,180.93 was raised. Our huge thanks go to everyone involved and once again, to our parents for their kind generosity.

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