High Notes, Vol 6 No 2, February 11 2005

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From the Principal
From Debating
Year 8 Parents
Year 7 Parents
Regarding Westbus
From Careers
Change of Address
State of the Arts

From the Principal

It is my sad duty this morning to inform you that Mr Fittler, our Head Teacher of Industrial Arts, passed away yesterday. He was a stalwart of Sydney High. He worked tirelessly for years to bring our intranet up to first rate standard. He was widely respected for his work with the cadet unit and dedication to target rifle shooters. He will be greatly missed at our school. Our condolences go to his wife and family.

School Management Plan 2005
The Plan has been drafted and submitted to our new School Education Director, Pam Peelgrane. It will be posted on the school website shortly. Webmaster's Note: the file is available at this link. Comments about any aspects of the plan are most welcome and should be directed to me.

High Talent
Anastasios Panagiotelis (Economics) and Rhys Hardwick Jones (Engineering) join Hilbert Chiu (history) as recent university medallists from the University of Sydney. Congratulations to our academically successful old boys.

GPS Summer Sport
The early start to the season on 29/1 was unusual as only the GPS teams played. Newington was nearly deserted as High opened the bowling on a good pitch and a spongy green outfield. Early successes looked promising for the one day fixture, with 4 wickets down by lunch. Meanwhile in the gym the firsts and seconds basketball teams were given a lesson in team play by two highly skilled Newington sides. Both contests were uneven in favour of the home sides. After lunch the cricket match started to swing Newington’s way, particularly when they hit nearly 40 runs from the last 6 overs. At the tennis, our boys were locked into a struggle in the doubles with only one win of the three matches contested. In the early singles, Dejan and Brian had comfortable wins. Peter Pereira tied up the contest at 4 matches each. It was left to Ivan Cerecina to save the day with a big win at No. 6. Back at the cricket we had lost early wickets but at 4 for 76 we had a reasonable chance of getting the runs required. A hat trick put paid to that and we were bundled out well short of the target.

Last Saturday 5/2, a full round of games was played against Scots. Our first XI had a great morning breaking the back of the batting with line and length bowling by Damitha Fonseka who had 4 for 3 at one stage. At the basketball, the second grade side kept within a few points of Scots for most of the game. The last half minute was drama charged. A mix up with the shot clock resulted in the game being restarted at 51-50 to Scots with 20 seconds to go. Scots were fouled on the play and scored one free throw. Lewis D’Avigdor was fouled laying up for the equalizer. Alone on court, Lewis made the first throw. The second throw ringed out and the game was lost. In first grade our boys had a great first quarter, harassing Scots star point guard and holding the rest of the team to very few points. We could not convert many trips to the basket and did not build the sort of lead we could have, with higher percentage shooting options. In the second half, 3-pointers from downtown, fast breaks and steals by Scots broke the deadlock and our poor offensive plays continued. The game ended in a disappointing 48-76 loss.

Meanwhile, our bowlers cleaned up Scots batsmen for 74, with Damitha grabbing 7 for 22 and young leggy Sam Robson 3 for 11. At the tennis, Scots proved to be unexpectedly strong in the doubles. Dejan and Brian had a tough three setter, while Peter and newcomer Mitchell Kelly had an easier time. In the singles, Peter Pereira, Brian Ly and Mitchell had easy wins to seal our victory. Back at the cricket our boys were self destructing against accurate bowling. Too quickly they were four down for few runs and it looked as though the impossible might happen and they would fail to make the first innings target. Matthew Fetherston steadied the innings with a solid knock as our boys inched their way to the total. Once over the hump they kicked on to make a modest 94. An outright win for either side next week is possible. At the tennis, Alex Zinzopoulos came back from a set down to beat the big serving Scots number 5 to get us our sixth match. Dejan need to lift to his best tennis to defeat a strong Scots number one in a tough encounter. The 10-2 result matched Riverview’s winning margin so we are well in contention for the title.

I still have a number of school reports let over from last year. Boys should hurry up and complete their Clearance Forms so that the reports can be collected from me. Non-compliant boys can expect to be placed on detention after next week if I still have their reports.
Dr K Jaggar
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From Debating

The Annual General Meeting for the Debating Support Group will be held on Monday 21st February from 6:30 - 7:30 pm in the Staff Common Room. All parents of debaters from Years 7 - 12 are asked to attend.
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Attention Year 8 Parents

We need your help with the Year 7 Parent Welcome Party on Thursday, 24th February 2005. You should have received a note sent home with your sons late last week detailing the various tasks that you may be able to assist with. The tasks include:

  • Setting up/decorating the Great Hall (between 4.00 - 6.00 pm)
  • Information/Door people to help direct Year 7 Parents (between 6.00 - 8.00 pm)
  • Food and Drink service (between 6.00 - 8.00 pm)
  • Clean up (after 8.00)

If you are able to help in any way at all contact me on 0413 088 246 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Your support is greatly appreciated.
Vera Dimitropoulos
Year 8 Parent Representative

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Year 7 Parents and Students

A little over a week has passed and everyone has settled in very well. There have been only positive comments from teachers about how Year 7 have adapted to life at High. They have been punctual and polite, completing tasks to a pleasing standard, bringing their equipment and wearing their new uniforms with pride.

So congratulations Year 7. I noticed that when Year 7 attended their first Sports Assembly on Friday, their behaviour was exemplary and I was proud of how mature and sensible they were.

I will hold a brief form meeting each month.. Students will need to line up outside the hall at the start of Lunch 1. The meeting will be an informal chat where we can discuss anything of importance. Further information will be made available in the daily notices closer to the date.

I have received several phone calls from parents about a variety of matters and I want to take this opportunity to remind parents to please get in touch with me if there is anything I can do to help their son settle in to High.
Ms Walles
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Regarding Westbus

IMPORTANT NOTICE No Disruption to Bus Services

On 31 January 2005 an administrator was appointed to operate Westbus and Blue Ribbon bus services. There will be no changes to Westbus, Glenorie and Blue Ribbon routes, timetables and school services under these arrangements.

The Ministry of Transport is working closely with the administrator to ensure there is a smooth transition to a new owner.

Any service enquiries will be dealt with as usual by Westbus on 9890 0000, Blue Ribbon on 4935 7200 and Glenorie on 9651 1944. For all transport information contact 131500 or visit www.131500.com.au.
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From Careers

Please check your intranet site regularly:

• on your school computer, go to the icon "Careers Website"

Also Years 10, 11 and 12 students/parents/care givers, you are able to register online with Career Central:
R Watson
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Change of Address


If you have recently changed your address or have changed your employment the school needs to know. There have been a number of occasions when Administration have had difficulty contacting parents because of change of workplace. This is extremely important in a case of emergency. If parents are going to be out of the country for any length of time the Principal needs to know this information as well.

Please ask your son to obtain a change of details form from the Main Office and also change forms for travel when changing your address Your son's travel passes will be affected if he does not have the correct address. Failure to complete these forms may result in your son not having a travel pass.

When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Beringer, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 9.00am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by parent or guardian with the name date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up the red leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.

If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal Dr Jaggar stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.

Remember at all times the Principal must verity all leave applications.
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Welcome to the new students to the School who have joined the cricket section as their summer sport. We hope you enjoy your time at Sydney Boys and a success with your cricket participation in our School teams. We have a cricket website that will give you a background to the GPS Competition, rules, selection policy, coming events, results and team selections which you should check each week. This information can be found at http://www.sydneyboyscricket.info

A return to the turf on Saturday 29th January saw only the First XI and Second XI in action against Newington in the GPS Competition with a win and a loss in the One Day fixtures for Round4.
First XI were in the field first and after success with early wickets the attack fell away and Newington went on to score 6 for 210 in their allotted overs. Damitha Fonseka being the best of our bowlers with 1 for 29. High then took the crease and in a disappointing innings were all out for 99 which included a hatrick by their T.McDonald who took 5 for 10 in a devastating spell. Edward Pham with 17 runs, Peshala Kariawasam 17 and Anuradha Vithanage also with 17 being the bulk of our team total.
Second XI were also in the field first up and from 49.2 overs put together a modest total of 131 with Gajaba Manamperi scoring 34, Edward Hibbert 24 and Dakshika Gunaratne 15 as our main contributors. Newington then took the crease and at 3 for 101 requiring a mere 29 runs and 16 overs to achieve their aim, disaster struck. In an amazing bowling performance High decimated the remaining batsmen and Newington were all out for 126 runs in the 44th.over. Mark Samarasinghe bowled magnificently taking 6/27 from 10 overs, Gajaba Manamperi 2 for 18 (6 overs), Suren Wickramasinghe 1 for 17(10 overs) and Nathan Frazi 1for 24 (6 overs).
A well deserved victory to a hard working and talented group of young cricketers.
Full reports appear in the “Reports and Results” on the cricket Website.

Last Saturday Round 5 of the GPS Competition got under for all Group One teams (2 day fixtures) and Group Two teams who play One Day fixtures against the Scots (GROUP ONE. Full reports on the following fixtures appear on the Cricket Website.
FIRST XI - In a remarkable day of cricket where 21 wickets fell for 185 runs High managed to take first inning points against Scots. Batting first Scots were all out for 74 runs. High then took the crease and at 6/37 were looking fragile but recovered to be all out for 94. Scots were 1/17 in their 2nd innings at stumps.
SECOND XI - High batting first, in a bold effort to follow up on their previous week’s victory, put together a strong batting performance and declared at 6/224 allowing themselves 20 overs to achieve a quick break through against the suspect Scots batting line-up. However, the Scot’s openers dug in and at the close of play on Day 1 were 1/48 and will bat on with 85 overs at their disposal on Day 2 in an endeavour to stop the High surge. An interesting day’s play is assured this week.
THIRD XI - After 3 wins from 4 fixtures in Term 4 the 3rd XI looked to carry on their good form against Scots who elected to bat first. After a few loose overs in the first hour High came back in the second hour with quick wickets and had Scots at 6/93 before finishing them off to be all out for 133. High’s captain Anisul Islam had the excellent figures oft 3 wkts for 6 runs with the remainder of the wickets shared around. High batted for 45 minutes on Day.1 and were 1/24 in reply looking to achieve Scot’s target this week for a 4th victory.
16 A - High having lost the toss, fielded, and our bowling attack proceeded to destroy the Scots batting line-up having them 9/97 when their tail wagged with a 10th wicket partnership that elevated them to all out for 227. The best of our bowlers were Frank Gin who took 3 wickets and Amjad Jawahir snared 2 wickets. At stumps High were 1/10 in reply, and confident that they will pass the Scots total.
15 A - In a solid batting performance High put together a competitive total of 212 all out against Scots 15 A team. Scots were at the crease for one over before stumps and finished Day 1 at 0/0. High bowlers have spent this week preparing to attack Scot’s batting line-up, with bowling and fielding drills on sports day, determined to walk away with a win.
Reports for all of these matches appear on the Cricket Website.

14 B - High won the toss and put Scots in to bat who then crashed their way to 5/78 the first drinks break and then went on to make 150 all out. Best bowlers for High were Mark Lucchitti, Matthew Wong and Lachlan Brown. High 14 B had only achieved a 95 run total highest score in previous outings and were concerned at chasing 150. At 5/84 High looked to be on a roll but then lost the mainstays and the lower order succumbed to the pressure until Stanley Chin batting at No.7 came to the wicket and in a remarkable and exciting partnership with Stanley He (No.11) saw High get to 121 all out just 30 runs short of victory. Stanley Chin finished with 21 and Stanley He with 7 runs. Well done boys a great improvement and gutsy effort.
Further team results and reports appear on the Cricket Website.

Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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SHOOTI N’ HOOPS The prestigious Sydney High Basketball Newsletter – Issue #1&2 2005

FIRST GRADE Saturday 6th November – High VS Kings (Round 4).

High entered the first round of this year unsure of what to expect from the competition leaders, Newington, who had the services of superstar player J. Wang again, returning from injury. It was certain that much effort would be placed into the game, and that High would try its best to defeat Newington. After a tough training schedule during the holidays and a friendly win over SCEGGS Redlands 72-57, High were ready to resume the season where they had left off, winning against Scots for the last match of last season. However, Newington came out hard and played extremely well, outclassing High in the early stages of the match. Newington scored at a very quick rate with J. Wang hitting three after three, despite good defence and teamwork from High. The battle continued for the first two quarters, with High scoring a few now and then, and Newington powering ahead. By half time, the game was virtually over, with Newington leading by 40 points. Their remarkably well-drilled squad was just too good for High. Additional to their star played J. Wang, they were more accurate, determined, taller, stronger and quicker. However, High would not give up without a fight, and so fought back in the later stages of the game with good leadership skills from Captain Cameron Conway and skilful point guard Dustin Palana. Cameron tried hard in the key all game despite an obvious height disadvantage and Dustin controlled our offence well in spite of some excellent defence from Newington. It was a show of High spirit against the might of Newington. At the summer sports assembly Captain Cameron Conway asked for more support at our home games. Hope to see you all there supporting the most exciting sport this school has to offer. Francis Wong | 1st Grade player

SECOND GRADE Saturday 6th November – High VS Kings (Round 4).

After coming off a Scots win in Term 4, High Second Grade were looking to upset yet another GPS opponent, Newington, for the first match of the season. We were looking forward to continue our streak, and had the intention to win.

After a solid routine of vigorous preparation during the holidays, High Second grade were confident and not intimidated by the taller Newington side.

The first few minutes of the game saw a skilful and very fit Newington side power up, and start the game off by knocking off a few points. This was soon followed up by High, and solid performances from the team soon brought High closer to the Newington score, although due to many transition baskets early in the game, Newington held on to a solid point margin between High. This was carried on into the Second Quarter.

Gradually the game became a very tight battle, matching great teamwork with solid high forwards—well built Kenny Huang and Roger Burrell—grabbing many rebounds and utilizing these to their advantage.

However, the close-fought contest was not reflected in the scoreboard towards the end of the game, as many High members were failing to sink the ball, whereas the Newington side got basket after basket, being a stronger and taller team.

The final score ended up as 59-37 in Newington’s favour but full credit to the High Boys for sticking with them and maintaining a positive attitude and giving great effort to the game.
Raymond Huynh
2nd Grade Captain


Saturday 5th February – High VS Scots .

1st     LOSS    74-56   D. PALANA 14
2nd     LOSS    52-51   R.HUYNH 10
3rd     LOSS    35-25   K. WONG 8
4th     WIN     35-23   H.CHUNG 8
5th     WIN     23-17   W. ZHANG 8
6th     WIN     38-23   J.PHU 14
16A     LOSS    26-21   A. VERTOUDAKIS 8
16B     WIN     26-18   W.ZHUANG 9
16C     LOSS    18-28   H. GU 9
16D     DRAW    21-21   C. WONG 12
15A     WIN     25-21   T. LINDEBACK 8, A. LEUNG 8
15B     WIN     36-26   D. CHIU 12
15C     Forfeit         (Team to see Mr.Dowdell-Wednesday)
15D     DNP             (Scots didn’t field a D’s squad)
14A     LOSS    48-40   L.TENG , D.PENG, B. LAU, M.LAU, 6
14B     LOSS    38-15   J.PARK 6
14C     WIN     34-28   B. YANG 14
14D     LOSS    33-14   T.TRAN, A. TRAN 4

15A’s dominate scots!!
The 15 A’s once again played an excellent game on Saturday, this time celebrating their first ever win over Scots. Throughout the match we played with both a strong offence and a strong defence (our offence mainly being drives and our defence mainly being steals) which Scots was just not able to match. Dominating in both halves, we rightfully left the High gym with great pride in ourselves. Congratulations 15 As, what a great start for the year!!
Michael Bock (15’s Captain)

Starting the new term with great ambitions and even greater optimism when we found out we were playing Scots for our first game Saturday was surely to be a good day for the 16 A’s. Having beaten them last term by one point we hoped to extend our win, especially after the great training we had received during the holidays.The game started slowly at first with the tall Scots team sinking the first points but as time progressed, lack of ball handling skills and too many missed shots saw Scots pull away by 15 points nearing the end of the first half. Playing the zone defence was proving costly for us as their forwards entered the key time and time again to put the points on the board. Frustrated with the situation we went into the second half with a new approach. Playing man on man defence and drawing a multitude of continuous fouls the A’s managed to close the gap to trail by 5 points. The game ended that way with the score at 26-21 and with the team pulling away with valuable errors to learn from. Purely outdone on the day, hopefully next week we can manage to pull up our socks and bring on some serious game!!
Moussa Farhat (16’S Captain)

Shootin’ Hoops brought to you by Bennett Wong (10M) & Francis Wong (10S). Thanks to Mr Hayman
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State of the Arts

Welcome to Music 2005
Music Camp forms for the 2005 music camp are now available from the music office. This camp is for all members of the Jazz Bands, Concert Bands, Strings, Orchestra and Guitar. Beginner students are also expected to attend as this will be their first band rehearsal.

Music Ensemble Schedule 2005
Monday Year 8 Jazz Band 7.15am Concert Band 8.00am, Junior strings 7.30am
Monday Anzac Day Marching Band 7.45am
Tuesday Year 7 Jazz Band 7.15am Concert Band 8.00am.
Wednesday Year 10, 11, 12 Jazz Band 7.15am Symphonic Wind Ensemble 8.00am, String Ensemble 7.30am
Thursday Year 9 Jazz Band 7.15am, Concert Band 8.00am
Friday Symphony Orchestra 8.30am, Beginner Guitar Ensemble 8.30am, Advanced Guitar 7.45am

Italy Music Tour rehearsals will be held Wednesdays at 7.30am in room 101 with Kathy.

Anzac Day Marching Band is up and marching. They rehearse Monday mornings at 7.45am with Captain Bob Young from the UNSWR army. Congratulations to Victor Wei of year 11 who has been appointed Senior Drum Major. All wind and brass students should be attending. Edinburgh Tatoo. Well done to John Holloway of year 12 who was selected to perform with the Police Pipes and Drums Band in the Tattoo.

Music Parking
A big thank you goes to the following people who helped out last night, especially the boys for fronting up after the swimming carnival: Lewis Burger and Alex;Wilson Wong and Grace;Phillip Roser and Valda;Dominic Bowes and Catherine;D'Arcy Blaxell and Michael;Lachlan Deacon and Katharine;Francis Wong;Chapman Siu;Samson Lou;Robbie Alchin;Branko and Vesna Cerecina;Ann Kurts;Sean Creer.

Music Dates 2005
February 22nd Speech Night Symphony Orchestra
March 10th Senior Stage Band workshop
March 26th Music parking
April 2nd – 3rd Music Tour Camp
April 4th – 6th Annual Music Camp all Members
April 25th Anzac day Marching Band
May 9th Music Committee meeting 6.00pm
May 19th Elective music Soiree June 23rd Music Showcase Concert all students
June 27th – 30th Instrumental soirees
August 5th Jazz Workshop
August 6th Cabaret Night
September 1st Year 9 Music Concert 6.00pm all year 9 September 8th Year 8 Music Concert 6.00pm all year 8
September 12th Year 7 Music Concert 6.00pm all year 7
October 24th Music Committee Meeting November 4th Spring Music Concert all students November 6th Music Picnic all students December 4th Music awards Dinner all students

Stop press!!! The year 9 Jazz and Concert Band will be performing for the year 7 parents welcome on Thursday February 24th. They should be at school at 5.00pm to set up and have a run through.
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FIRST GRADE: Sat 5th Feb. High v’s Scots Round 2
High travelled to the green surrounds of Bellevue Hill to play a team which also had a first round win. This Scots’side had an excellent top-order which was our main concern. However we too possess a brilliant no1 & 2 in Dejan Bodrozic & Brian Ly Who struggled at first, before coming through in a 3-set blockbuster. Newcomer Mitchell Kelly & Alex Zinzopoulos were gallant in defeat. Having achieved our target of 2 doubles from 3, we needed three singles to seal the match. Mitchell and Peter were speedy in straight set wins & Hung was out—hit by a more consistent opponent. With Dejan, Brian & Alex on court at the same time, one might expect the former two to finish first. However it was Alex who scored a gutsy win, coming back from a break in the third to peel off four straight games. Brian was not happy with him- Self despite making his classy opponent look second- rate. This left Dejan who played a very a very determined match, coming down from 0-4 in the first set to win a tiebreaker, before going on with the job in the second. This gave us a very pleasing 10-2 victory, which mirrors our start to last year.We appreciate the remnants of the Year 12 support group who watched us and hpe more people can witness the team in action this week, when we travel to Parramatta to take on Kings’.
Peter Peirera -Captain 1sts.

SECOND GRADE: Sat 5th Feb Scots vs High (R2)
At last High tennis has some depth! All players on the day were impressive. Ivan Cerecina as no1. had a formidable opponent, whom he beat in straight sets. David Cao went to 3 sets’, and fought gallantly in the doubles with Ivan but went they down in 2 sets. It became impossible to change the tide and the second and third doubles were lost in 2 sets a piece. In the singles Hai played a convincing match taking out the rubber at 6-3, 6-4. good ground strokes and accurate serves made sure this was our second rub- ber for the day. It is 100% improvement and there are several players at a very similar level, so watch for new names and better results as the season progresses. Next week the team will be Ivan Cerecina No1, David Cao No 2, Martin Nguyen No3, Hai Le No 4, Hieu Dang No 5, Paul Wong No 6.

Singles 3 Scots–1-6,2-6 : Singles 4 High –6-3,6-4 : Singles 5 Scots 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 : Singles 6 a win to Scots and Daniel Songs debut and and promising new member of the Seconds.

16’s   A’s   LOSS   0-6   Chapman Siu 4-6
       B’s   WIN    4-2   Amadeus Klocker 0-6
       C’s   WIN    5-1   Sicong Tu 6—1
       D’s   WIN    4-2   Aditya Keswani 6—1

15’s   A’s   WIN    4-2   Cary Cheung 6-1
       B’s   WIN    6-0   Simon Ting 6-1
       C’s   WIN    5-1   Daniel Chim 6-3
       D’s   WIN    5-1   Alex Dovan 6-3

14’s   A’s   DRAW   3-3   Danny Lam 6-0
       B’s   WIN    4-2   Ben Diep 6-4
       C’s   LOSS   1-5   Stanley 6-2
       D’s   LOSS   0-6   Daniel Lo 3-6
3-6th  3RDS  LOSS   2-4   Daniel Thevingsham 6-3
       4THS  DRAW   3-3   Thomas/Nelson Wong 6-3
       5THS  LOSS   1-5   Matthew Wong 6-3
       6THS  DRAW   3-3   Louis Cheung 6-4

3RDS—6THS This team is demonstrating some fine tennis Some will even be challengers for the 2NDS positions if they keep up the good play. Daniel Ong is doing a great job as manager. All players are expected to keep to the uniform rule and report each Friday at recess to Ms Tuthill, room 704 to finalise the team for Saturday.

Parklands Under 13’S Competition Two boys entered the competition for 13’s last term. Cary Cheung was albe to make it through to the third round. Of course these entries attract award points! Congratulations to the entrants.

GYM Participation The 1STS & 2NDS are to train in the gym Tues and Thurs 3:30 to 4:30 pm. This the team time slot so be there. Payment of $65.00 to the front office and on completion of the term commitment of twice per week, you receive a refund of $30.00. Add text here.
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