Sea Lions Class


Visiting RSL Residents at Caboolture

The Sea Lions really enjoyed interacting and
relationship building with Caboolture RSL Care residents in our recent
excursion.

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Touring in Term 2, 2017

‘The Sea Lions have recently been on some highly educational excursions.  Together with the Dolphins and the Amphibians, we visited the Brisbane Planetarium (to support our explorations of space and the formation of the universe), and the Brisbane Botanical Gardens.  The students particularly enjoyed the show projected onto the big dome at the planetarium.  We also undertook an exciting night time excursion to Mapleton State School Observatory.  This is an amazing facility staffed by skilled and passionate volunteers.  The students viewed many astronomical phenomenon.  Finally, we undertook our regular visit to the resident at Caboolture RSL Care, as part of our programme of developing community connections and awareness.  The students conducted extensive interviews with the residents, and deepened already strong links with the residents. ‘

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Beautiful pictures of the Mt Cout-tha Botanical Gardens, the Observatory(engrossed children) and our unique Moon.


 

 

Sea Lions Newsletter Week 1 Term 3 2017: Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo?

Welcome back students, parents and families to Term 3, 2017.   I trust you are rested and rejuvenated over the school holidays. We are all very much looking forward to an exciting term ahead.   We will prepare for our class concert production ‘Rom and Jules’ before our performance at the CMS Concert night at the end of term. The children are very much settled into our new classroom – and we look forward to continuing to explore the possibilities in this beautiful space.

This term includes a class meeting with parents in week 2 of term. The aim of the meeting is to set out and discuss the programme for the term. The meeting day and date will be provided to you shortly; the meeting will occur between 3 and 3.45 on the nominated day.

  Ogroup of childrenur class programme continues to be consistent with the Montessori and     Australian National Curriculums. The core elements are literacy, numeracy and our integrated ‘Am I, are you, are we Australian?’ unit. Morning Cycles  will in particular focus on these core areas.

 

 As the school Literacy Coach I am passionate about inspiring children to improve their literacy. One area that we will emphasise closely this term is building language and communication skills. You may already be aware that we are following a spelling programme called Words Their Way, which allows us to carefully support each child according to their particular area of spelling need. We will work closely on reading, supporting student learning in both the mechanics of reading and reading comprehension. Our reading comprehension programme – which uses an approach called ‘Into the Book’– will occur both individually and in shared groups. Our students would benefit hugely from more adults coming in to support our child readers. If you can come into the class to help listen to students read please could you let me know?

We will also target handwriting, word study, regular practice with the Dolch 220 sight words for students who are yet to complete this programme, grammar, alphabetisation, and speaking, listening and reasoning skills (through a philosophy community of inquiry approach). CMS uses a successful writing approach called 6+1 which focuses on the specific skills needed for effective writing. You are warmly invited to our class Writer’s Festival on Wednesday 23rd August.

In numeracy, students will be invited to concentrate on operations and we will explore measurement (of time, money, length, area, volume, and mass) closely. If you are able to involve your children in real world maths conversations (e.g. ‘How much change will you get from a dollar if we buy this bread roll for 20c?’) this would be really useful. A particular focus will be the specific and consistent use of maths language and support for students in developing their maths problem solving strategies. Students will continue to learn their number facts. They will also be supported to continue to expand and deepen their knowledge and recall of times tables.

Through our ‘Am I, are you, are we Australian?’ theme, students will be supported to develop their understanding of geography and history including exploring timelines and mapping, the experiences of people in countries outside Australia, and the personal migrant and refugee experiences and cultures of people who live in or are attempting to live in Australia. The children will be invited to present artefacts from countries outside Australia to the class. If you have any such artefacts from outside Australia we would love to see them and hear about them in class. The broader aim of this work is to support the students to develop their ability to embrace diversity and to respect all people and cultures. Ultimately, as Maria Montessori said; ‘Peace is what every human being is craving for, and it can be brought about by the humanity through the child.’

The class play, ‘stageRom and Jules’, will be a major focus of term, especially in the weeks leading up the performance. In past years, the children (and many parents!) have been hugely excited about the play. The rehearsals, prop making, and production itself are a huge opportunity for each student to develop their confidence and team working, as well as their performing arts skills.

 

Our gardens will continue to be the focus for much of our practical life work. We anticipate that students will continue, on a roster basis, work in the garden between 8.30 and 9 each Tuesday and Thursday morning with other Cycle 2 students. If you are able to assist our students at these times in the garden please could you let me know. We will be asking parents if they can please assist with prop making. If you have any really large cardboard boxes in good condition that we could use , please could you let me know.

In Art, students will create self-portraits, peace flags, watercolour paintings, and, of course, props for our play. Students will continue to be offered regular child yoga sessions. We will continue to develop our dance skills this term through the three dances in the play, and will be presenting a dance on our excursion to Caboolture RSL Care (in week 7 of term). Again we are asking please for adult drivers to assist on this excursion.

As a school we encourage students to always bring healthy snacks to eat during their morning break and at lunchtime. We do not allow lollies, carbonated drinks, or sweets (chocolate, sugary confections, etc.). We invite students to become more pro-active in analysing packaging and food content for nutritional value and educating their food choice selections. For example, students are encouraged to eat plenty of vegetables, to consume appropriate and healthy carbohydrates and protein, to choose water as a drink, and to only eat moderate amounts of foods containing added sugars. Please note we are a NUT and sesame FREE school.

Please can you ensure that your child arrives on time (between 8.15 and 8.30) each day ready to start morning cycle.   In this way, the whole class has a wonderful opportunity to focus on learning right from the start of the day. Also, please do not send in any pencil cases with your child. All of the normal stationery resources needed is in the classroom are provided and we aim to support and encourage students to share these materials.

Please, please can each child bring their take home folder into school at the start of each school day, except Monday. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons the take home folder goes home with your child. On Friday it comes into school and remains in class over the weekend, ready for school on Monday. This system is very important to supporting reading and spelling development for your children. Readers are changed once a week (usually Tuesday) and children are given a verbal reminder to bring their folder into the class so that readers can be changed. If a child does not have their folder at school, or if they do not bring it into the classroom, we are not able to change their reader. Spelling words go home at the start of the week.

If you need to talk with me, then short discussions face-to-face between 8.15 and 8.30 at the classroom can often be effective. We can schedule a time for a longer discussion if needed. It is fine to contact me by email and most class information is sent out by email and in your child’s take home folder. Here’s to a healthy and happy term of learning, discovery and growth!

Bill

Sea Lions Class Director


 

18 April 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians

Sea Lions Newsletter Week 1 Term 1 2017: Live long and prosper      space1

Welcome back students, parents and families to Term 2, 2017.   I trust you are rested and rejuvenated over the school holidays. We are all very much looking forward to an exciting term ahead.   Firstly, we have boldly gone into our new classroom – which is the former Cycle 3 classroom nearest to the Cycle 3 toilets. Students now have a much larger space in which to work. Named student bag hooks are directly outside the classroom. While the students have all had a look last term as a class, please can you remind your child before the start of term about the location of their new classroom. Each child has a named hook for their school bag, with shoe racks located directly outside the classroom.

This term includes individual student Semester 1 reports. They will be available toward the end of term and you will be invited to book in for a meeting to discuss your child’s report. If you are the child of a senior student in the class you will already be aware that your child will sit the Naplan tests this term. The Naplan tests will occur on the 9th, 10th and 11th of May.

Our class programme continues to be consistent with the Montessori and Australian National Curriculums. The core elements are literacy, numeracy and our integrated space theme. Morning Cycles in particular will focus on these core areas.

As the school Literacy Coach I am passionate about inspiring children to improve their literacy. Parents of older children will already be aware that we are following a spelling programme called Words Their Way, which allows us to carefully support each child according to their particular area of spelling need. In other areas of literacy, we will work on reading (including both the mechanics of reading and reading comprehension – this will occur both individually and in shared groups) handwriting, word study, regular practice with the Dolch 220 sight words for students who are yet to complete this programme, grammar, alphabetisation, and speaking, listening and reasoning skills (through a philosophy community of inquiry approach). CMS uses a successful writing approach called 6+1 which focuses on the specific skills needed for writing. This term students will be writing poetry, persuasive arguments, story writing, news reports, and a written description of a space station that they will be making. Students will be encouraged and supported to design and carry out science investigations.   Our children will learn to investigate and explore like scientists, and to develop their scientific reasoning and reporting skills (in both language and numeracy) as they explore the science of space, the formation of the Earth and the properties of materials.

Our students would benefit hugely from more adults coming in to support our readers. If you can come into the class to help listen to students read please could you let me know? Almost anytime is fine to come in and help with reading, although afternoons are preferred.

In numeracy, students will be invited to concentrate on operations and we will explore fractions closely. A particular focus will be the specific and consistent use of maths language and support for students in developing their maths problem solving strategies. Students will continue to learn their number facts. They will also be supported, when ready, to expand their knowledge and recall of times tables.

Our space unit will include excursions to Mapleton Observatory (an evening excursion, weather permitting set for 1st June), and the Brisbane Planetarium (a full day excursion set for 23th May). For the excursion to Mapleton Observatory we are asking parents/adult caregivers to drive their own child. Our science experiments will focus on the space, the formation of the Earth and the properties on materials. If you have any interesting space posters, models or artefacts we would love to borrow them in class.

Our gardens will be the focus for much of our practical life work – and we are now close to our community garden bed. We anticipate that students will, on a roster basis, work in the garden between 8.30 and 9 each Tuesday and Thursday morning with other Cycle 2 students. If you are able to assist our students at these times in the garden please could you let me know.

As a school we encourage students to always bring healthy snacks to eat during their morning break and at lunchtime. We do not allow lollies, carbonated drinks, or sweets (chocolate, sugary confections, etc.). We invite students to become more pro-active in analysing packaging and food content for nutritional value and educating their food choice selections. For example, students are encouraged to eat plenty of vegetables, to consume appropriate and healthy carbohydrates and protein, to choose water as a drink, and to only eat moderate amounts of foods containing added sugars. Please note we are a NUT FREE school.

Term 2 is a term when traditionally students build on the healthy work habits and relationship skills they have developed in Term 1. Our senior students are increasingly taking responsibility for their own learning as well as showing leadership by role modelling and supporting younger students in the class.

In Art, students will create peace flags, watercolour paintings, and models of space stations. Students will continue to be offered child yoga sessions. We will continue to develop our dance skills this term, and will be presenting a new dance on our excursion to Caboolture RSL Care (set for 31/5). Again we are asking please for adult drivers to assist on this excursion.

Please can you ensure that your child arrives on time (between 8.15 and 8.30) each day ready to start morning cycle.   In this way, the whole class has a wonderful opportunity to focus on learning right from the start of the day. Also, please do not send in any pencil cases with your child. All of the normal stationery resources needed is in the classroom and we aim to support and encourage students to share these materials.

If you need to talk with me, then short discussions face-to-face between 8.15 and 8.30 at the classroom can often be effective. We can schedule a time for a longer discussion if needed. It is fine to contact me by email and most class information is sent out by email and in your child’s take home folder. Here’s to a healthy and happy term of learning, discovery and growth!

Bill

Sea Lions Class Director

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SCIENCE AND SEA LIONS

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‘As part of their explorations of botany the Sea Lions received an amazing visit from our school CSIRO Scientist and former parent, Matthew Gray.  Matthew wowed the students with fascinating examples of rainforest plants – our students can now identify drip tips and explain when a leaf is not a leaf!  The Sea Lions followed this up with a visit to the astounding Mary Cainrcross Rainforest Reserve at Maleny.  The students were so enthused and energised with questions and observations that they hardly noticed they had spent 40 minutes happily walking a loop of the rainforest pathThank you again to our wonderful parents who drove us up and down the Range to make the excursion possible. Thank you very much Matt!  Thanks Mary Cainrcross Reserve volunteer guides!  Do you know what an epiphyte is?’

Thanks

Bill


 

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February 2017 - Thanks so much for our visit Alma and Alena at RSL care – the students had a great time making connections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sea Lions Newsletter Week 1 Term 1 2017: From little things big things grow

Welcome back students, parents and families to Term 1, 2017.   I trust you are rested and rejuvenated over the school holidays. We are all very much looking forward to the year ahead.   I’d like to wish a very special welcome to the students and families joining our class community this year.

You are warmly invited to our term 1 class meeting (in the classroom) on Wednesday 1st February between 3.15 and 4. I will explain our programmes and class organisation for the term – and I am looking forward to listening to and answering your questions.   Especially if you are new to our class community, this is a great opportunity to find out more about what is going on.

Our class programme is consistent with the Montessori and Australian National Curriculums. The core elements are literacy, numeracy and our integrated botany work theme. Morning Cycles in particular will focus on these core areas.

As the school Literacy Coach I am passionate about inspiring children to improve their literacy. Parents of older children will already be aware that we are following a spelling programme called Words Their Way, which allows us to carefully support each child according to their particular area of spelling need. If you are new to the class, a separate note has been sent to you by email which explains how we will be inviting you to support your child in their spelling homework. In other areas of literacy, we will work on reading (including both the mechanics of reading and reading comprehension – this will occur both individually and in shared groups) handwriting, word study, regular practice with the Dolch 220 sight words for students who are yet to complete this programme, grammar, alphabetisation, and speaking, listening and reasoning skills (through a philosophy community of inquiry approach). CMS uses a successful writing approach called 6+1 which focuses on the specific skills needed for writing. This term students will be writing journal entries, persuasive arguments, story writing, poetry, and written instructions (‘procedural texts’) in the form of recipes and science experiment write ups. Students will be encouraged and supported to design and carry out their own science investigations.   Our children will learn to investigate and explore like scientists, and to develop their scientific reasoning and reporting skills (in both language and numeracy) as they write up their experiments.

Our students would benefit hugely from more adults coming in to support our readers. If you can come into the class to help listen to students read please could you let me know? Almost anytime is fine to come in and help with reading, although afternoons are preferred.

In numeracy, students will be invited to concentrate on operations and we will explore geometry and fractions. A particular focus will be the specific and consistent use of maths language and support for students in developing their maths problem solving strategies. Students will be learning their number facts. They will also be supported, when ready, to expand their knowledge and recall of times tables.

Our botany unit will support the planting, care and harvesting of our class and community gardens and much of our practical life work will occur here too. Our science experiments will focus on the needs and properties of plants, and where possible our maths work will also. Our gardens will also be the focus for much of our practical life work. So, if you are green thumbed and would like to help please let us know.

As a school we encourage students to always bring healthy snacks to eat during their morning break and at lunchtime. We do not allow lollies, carbonated drinks, or sweets (chocolate, sugary confections, etc.). We invite students to become more pro-active in analysing packaging and food content for nutritional value and educating their food choice selections. For example, students are encouraged to eat plenty of vegetables, to consume appropriate and healthy carbohydrates and protein, to choose water as a drink, and to only eat moderate amounts of foods containing added sugars. Please note we are a NUT FREE school.

Term 1 is also very much about developing personal and group responsibility, positive work habits, healthy emotional regulation, and useful social skills. We are looking forward to seeing our senior students take increasing responsibility for their own learning as well as showing leadership by role modelling and supporting younger students in the class. Students will be empowered to explore and develop in their self awareness and self image, community awareness, cultural awareness and environmental awareness. For example, students will work on peaceful conflict resolution techniques. Our first independence building excursions this term will be to Caboolture RSL Care and Caboolture Hub. Dates are being finalised and will be advised to you. We also anticipate an excursion to Mary Cainrcross Reserve to support our explorations in botany. We will require parent drivers for these excursions. If you can help please could you let me know.

In Art, students will create individual virtues artworks, peace flags, watercolour paintings, and weaving (including weaving using plant materials). Students will be offered child yoga sessions. We will also be exploring dance this term, and will be presenting a dance on our excursion to Caboolture RSL Care.

Please can you ensure that your child arrives on time (between 8.15 and 8.30) each day ready to start morning cycle.   In this way, the whole class has a wonderful opportunity to focus on learning right from the start of the day. Also, please do not send in any pencil cases with your child. All of the normal stationery resources needed is in the classroom and we aim to support and encourage students to share these materials.

If you need to talk with me, then short discussions face-to-face between 8.15 and 8.30 at the classroom can often be effective. We can schedule a time for a longer discussion if needed. It is fine to contact me by email and most class information is sent out by email and in your child’s take home folder. Here’s to a healthy and happy term of learning, discovery and growth!

Bill

Sea Lions Class Director

 


 

Sea Lions Newsletter Week 1, Term 4 - 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,tiger  mountains

Well it seems like only yesterday that the Sea Lions’ students were working up a storm on stage in Peter Pan – every student made an amazing contribution. Thanks so much to the many parents who helped in so many ways – this made a huge difference.

Of course, camp (12/10-14/10 at the Maroochy Waterfront Camp and Conference Centre) will be a huge focus for students at the start of this term. We have a camp meeting planned for Thursday 6th October at 3.15 in case you have any questions that you have not been able to ask individually.

Our class programme continues to be consistent with the Montessori and Australian National Curriculums. The core elements are literacy, numeracy and our integrated work theme of ‘Predators, Prey and Survival’. Morning Cycles in particular will focus on these core areas.  We anticipate excursions to Caboolture hospital (in the week commencing 31/10), and Australia Zoo (w/c 14/11). We need parents to help drive our students for these excursions.

As the school’s literacy coach, I am very excited about the progress of our students in reading, writing and spelling both within our class and across the school. If you are interested, some more detailed information about whole class literacy progress is included at the end of this letter. We will continue to support students to think within the texts they read, about the text they read, and beyond the text they read using specific comprehension strategies (see http://reading.ecb.org/teacher/index.html). The students would really benefit from more parents coming to the classroom to listen to individual students read – a roster is on the door if you are interested. In spelling, we will continue to make use of the Words Their Way programme, which allows us to carefully support each child according to their particular area of spelling need.

In other areas of literacy, we will work on handwriting, word study, regular practice with the Dolch 220 sight words for students who are yet to complete this programme, grammar, speaking, listening and reasoning skills (through a philosophy community of inquiry approach). As you may be aware CMS is following a successful writing programme called 6+1 which focuses on the specific skills needed for writing. This term, students will be writing a description of an imaginary animal, producing an information poster contrasting different animals, writing an animal story, producing their own written recipe, creating a poster that contrasts different predator-prey relationships, and writing up science experiments. We plan on holding a Student Writers’ Festival (to which you are invited) in week 8.

In numeracy, students will be supported to progress in operations, and expand their knowledge of number facts and times tables. Times tables will come home as homework alongside the existing spelling homework programme. Please encourage your child to practise their times tables at home. We will explore both fractions and geometry. A particular focus will be the specific and consistent use of maths language and support for students in developing their maths problem solving strategies. We will continue to use our class garden to provide a focus for our maths work. Our garden is in need of replanting with summer friendly plants – if you are able to bring some plants in please could you let me know?

Our integrated work unit ‘Predators’ Prey and Survival’ will explore the features and needs of both invertebrates and vertebrates, as well as adaptation and survival strategies. Our science experiments (and hospital excursion) will explore some survival needs of humans.

In Art, students will explore painting in watercolours and create a model of a predator-prey environment. Students will take part in regular child yoga sessions. We anticipate learning two new dances as a class this term and intend to perform these at the school Christmas Concert at the end of term.

Please can you ensure that your child arrives on time (between 8.15 and 8.30) each day ready to start morning cycle.   If your child arrives late this means that they miss out on important messages and discussions, it is harder for them to settle to the rhythm of the class and their own work, and they disrupt other students. Especially on a Monday and Friday, when the children gather on the mat at the start of the day, a person arriving late can disrupt the attention of the students already in class. Arriving by 8.30 means that the whole class has a wonderful opportunity to focus on learning right from the start of the day and your child benefits from completing the very important 3 Hour Work Cycle. Finally, please ensure that your child’s take home folder comes to school on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

If you need to talk with me, then short discussions face-to-face between 8.15 and 8.30 at the classroom can often be effective. We can schedule a time for a longer discussion if needed. It is fine to contact me by email and most class information is sent out by email and in your child’s take home folder.

Crikey it’s going to be a great term!

Bill

Sea Lions Class Director


 

TIME TRAVEL - CMS STYLE

'The Sea Lions recently travelled back in time on excursion to ancient Egypt and Medieval Europe in our excursion to the Abbey Museum. As part of their explorations on history and culture the student took part in an archaeological dig, created a mummy from a body, and learnt how to use medieval weapons including firing arrows at a moving target. The children really enjoyed their excursion and were very well behaved. The Abbey museum staff were fantastic.'

 

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Learning about different cultures

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As part of our students’ exploration of our First Nations Peoples, Michael Douglas, a senior police liaison officer based in Caboolture came to talk to our students.  Michael, who has been recognised as an Indigenous Achiever by the Queensland Government, discussed his own background and life story and what it is like working as a police officer in Caboolture.  The children asked many questions – and were surprised to find out that you don’t need to have dark skin to identify as an Aboriginal person. 

Michael also described how his own grandfather had been forcibly taken from a South Seas island to work as a slave in the Queensland sugar cane industry.  Michael spoke about how we all need to look after each in Caboolture, and that helping people who are less well off than you helps the whole community. The children were delighted to listen to Michael play the digeridoo and to have a chance to talk to an indigenous person making their way in the world today.

Thanks

Bill


 

Excursion to RSL Caboolture - April 2016

‘The Sea Lions had a great excursion to Caboolture RSL Care a few weeks ago.  As part of their learning about community, the students interviewed residents and shared many wonderful stories.  The class also very confidently performed a dance (Yogini Went To Sea) which was well received by the residents.  All students behaved with grace and courtesy and the residents have chosen to invite us back this term.’

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 A few generations having fun together!


 

Sea Lions Newsletter Week 1 Term 2 2016

Wunyu students, parents and families!   I trust you are rested and rejuvenated over the school holidays. We are all very much looking forward to the term ahead.  Student reports are produced and sent to you toward the end of this term and individual parent meetings occur.

Our class programme continues to be consistent with the Montessori and Australian National Curriculums. The core elements are literacy, numeracy and our integrated work theme ‘Time Travellers’, which focuses on the Montessori Great Story of Language, Indigenous Australians’ perspectives, Ancient Egypt, Medieval England, and the 2016 European Football Championships. Morning Cycles in particular will focus on these core areas.  We are anticipating a visit from the local Gubbi Gubbi people, and an excursion later this term to the Abbey Museum. There is also excitement about planting out and caring for our gardens (and thank you again for the wonderful parent support in regenerating our gardens).

In literacy, you will be aware that we are following a spelling programme called Words Their Way, which allows us to carefully support each child according to their particular area of spelling need. As part of my whole school literacy coaching role, I am currently undertaking training on teaching reading – and reading will be a focus this term as we support students to think within the texts they read, about the text they read, and beyond the text they read. Thanks so much to our parent readers – this is so valuable for our students. We would love to have more adults coming in to read with our children if you have the time.

In other areas of literacy, we will work on handwriting, word study, regular practice with the Dolch 220 sight words for students who are yet to complete this programme, grammar, speaking, listening and reasoning skills (through a philosophy community of inquiry approach). As you may be aware (and thanks to all the parents who were able to attend our Writers’ Festival last term!) CMS is following a successful writing programme called 6+1 which focuses on the specific skills needed for writing. This term students will be writing persuasive arguments, story writing, written instructions (‘procedural texts’) in the form of science experiment write ups, and poetry.

In numeracy, students will be invited to concentrate on operations and we will explore measurement. A particular focus will be the specific and consistent use of maths language and support for students in developing their maths problem solving strategies. Students will be learning their addition number facts. They will also be supported, when ready, to expand their knowledge of multiplication facts including times tables. Our maths work will also link specifically to the real world of caring for our gardens.

In Art, students will adorn library bags with words in ancient languages, create a new Australian flag, produce a dot painted narrative picture, construct an Egyptian burial mask, and make a model of a medieval castle. Students will be offered weekly child yoga sessions. We will also continue to explore dance this term.

Please can you ensure that your child arrives on time (between 8.15 and 8.30) each day ready to start morning cycle.   In this way, the whole class has a wonderful opportunity to focus on learning right from the start of the day. Also, please do not send in any pencil cases or stationery with your child. All of the normal stationery resources needed are in the classroom and we like to support and encourage students to share these materials.  Prithee ensure that your child’s take home folder comes to school on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

If you need to talk with me, then short discussions face-to-face between 8.15 and 8.30 at the classroom can often be effective. We can schedule a time for a longer discussion if needed. It is fine to contact me by email and most class information is sent out by email and in your child’s take home folder.

Come hither to a great term of learning ahead! sea lions 2

Bill & Hayley

Sea Lions Class Director & Class Assistant

 


 

WRITERS FESTIVAL AT CMS

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On March 16th 2016, Caboolture Montessori School held their second Writers’ Festival.  The Festival provides students with an opportunity to present their writing to an audience, and is part of our whole school writing 6+1 approach that enthuses students to write, and which targets specific writing skills from Prep age students to 12 year olds.  In the Sea Lions class of 6 to 8 year olds, every student confidently read their own writing piece to an audience of their classmates and invited parents. 

The topics covered were wide and diverse across both fiction and non-fiction, with titles ranging from ‘My Imaginary Diary’, to ‘Blood Cells and Blood’ and ‘A Colossal Journey Through Two Amazing Countries’.  Every student invited comments from the audience and the comments all knowledgeably highlighted key writing skills, for example the use of ideas in writing or the extent to which the student had used voice in their piece.  Several students characterised their presentations really well, including Jonathan Botha (age 8) with his highly imaginative diary, which had the audience in fits of laughter. 

Several pieces revealed the extent of student research involved, for example a detailed comparison of Taiwan and Australia from Maddie Seeto (age 8), and a revealing description of the functions of different parts of the brain from Michael Brandis (age 8).  The audience were particularly drawn to the writing of our 6 year old students, for example Shea Cassidy’s five page description of the human senses.  The school is very definitely a ‘Writing School’ and we will continue to regularly showcase and celebrate our student’s writing through Writers’ Festival in future.


 

PARENTS SHARE KNOWLEDGE WITH OUR CHILDREN

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Recently, Peter Norton, a doctor and CMS parent, very kindly visited the Sea Lions to guide our students through a hands-on exploration of real animal organs. We examined and dissected hearts, livers, kidneys, bladders, jawbones and even eyeballs. The children really enjoyed exploring what these organs look like and how they work, which has greatly assisted them in their learning about the human body (which is our theme this term).

A number of class parents commented that they wished that they had been able to dissect in this way when they were at primary school. Anita Cassidy provided some of the organs and Peter supplied the rest - thanks to both of you. Peter also guided the students to draw human organs on a white tee shirt which the students then lovingly took home to show their parents.   Peter gave up his time voluntarily and for free to support our students and engage their sense of discovery -

Thanks Pete!


 

First Excursion for 2016

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'The Sea Lions enjoyed their first excursion of the year to Caboolture Hub. As well as building the independence of our students, we gained valuable insights into this wonderful community resource. We explored the library and the art gallery. The children were well behaved and really inquisitive both about the artworks and library resources. The staff at the Hub were wonderful to us. For our younger students this was their first ever school excursion. Many thanks to the parents, who kindly offered their time, to drive our students - without your help our excursion would not have been possible.'

Thanks

Bill & Hayley


 

First Newsletter 2016

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Welcome back!

A special welcome to all new families and children, may the new year bring excitement, exploration, new learning and fun. A warm welcome to new staff, the CMS family embraces you. To our present families, children and staff, welcome back and may 2016 be a positively memorable year. We celebrate the start of another cycle 1 class, the Pelicans and their new director Lisa and assistant Anna. We want to welcome Rana as the assistant in C1B, the Sea Stars.

It will take a little while to get accustomed to the differences in our environment, as change is unsettling; but growth, however, is exciting. If you are looking for Cycle 2, the Dolphins class, it is next to the Sea lions class, just tucked under the trees. The next thrilling development will be our new building. This will take a little longer to be completed due to size of structure, but we should have two new classrooms this year.

It is the perfect time to take this opportunity and introduce our new school Seniors for 2016:

Sari Conte, Luca Crabb, Leidghan Esam, Teala Maddern, William Spry, Georgia Young from Cycle 3A, the Amphibians and: Zoe Errington, Bertram Park Weir, Logan Wijmans from cycle 3B, the Otters. We wish this group a great year of impressive feats.

From the oldest students to the youngest; we welcome thirty new infants to our community and look at this group with awe and respect, as they truly demonstrate the benefits of an early learning environment. A nurturing environment that provides exploration, manipulation, language and interaction with a space created especially for their needs.

But wait there is more…. to improve and broaden our efficacy at CMS, we welcome our part time Deputy Principal: Jai Bishop. Jai will support the principal with curriculum management and reporting requirements; this role will provide the school with explicit school strategic direction and targeted time for curriculum development. Jai will wear a few hats and as such will be involved in many aspects of our school. Jai is a dad of two cycle 2 students and one cycle 1 student; Jai co-teaches with Anne Miller in the Otter class and recently has completed the AMI Adolescent course, in preparation for our future high school.

Our Literacy Coaching will continue to be led by Bill Park Weir, enhancing thus staff strategies and student effective learning. In 2016 we will continue working with writing and start addressing improved strategies in the area of reading/spelling. Literacy is one of the fundamental learning areas that supports all other learning areas.

Montessori education is still the best form of learning, producing excellent academic results, whilst nurturing each individual’s talents. A growing movement, today more than ever, Montessori is a highly desirable learning approach, selected by knowledgeable parents. We see that the English royal family continues the tradition and now Prince George will also attend a British Montessori school - Westacre Montessori school nursery. Our school will lead by example and our students are and will be the role models of what students can achieve academically and personally.

Will 2016 be a busy year for CMS, of course yes! We are growing, we are establishing a strong educational context in the region and we are preparing high achieving students that are happy and willing to come to school.


 

RSL Visit -  October 2015

A visit to the mature residents living at the RSL in Caboolture

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The Sea Lions enjoyed their recent excursion to Caboolture RSL Care.  The aim of the excursion was to support students in making community links, and in considering the needs of the residents.  The children were fantastically well behaved.  They all keenly interviewed the residents (and wrote down their interview findings) and served a morning tea of shortbread that they had prepared themselves.  The students spent much time in conversation with the residents and had fun sharing their and the residents’ artwork.  Finally, the students gave an energetic performance of their Dynamite Dance to an enraptured audience.  Several parents gave up their time and cars to transport the students to and from the venue – thank you very much super parents!

 Bill and Hayley

 


 

Sea Lions Newsletter Week 1 Term 4 2015

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

First, thanks to all of the Sea Lions children (and parents) for being part of our amazing concert performance in September. Every child focused very well on preparing and performing, and looked like they had a lot of fun too. I can’t wait to see the performance video.

Welcome students, parents and families to the start of our Term 4! I trust you are rested and rejuvenated over the school holidays, and ready for a wonderful term of learning.

Our class programme continues to be consistent with the Montessori and Australian National Curriculums. The core elements are literacy, numeracy and our integrated work themes of sustainability of marine animals (with a special focus on sharks), and the Montessori Great Story of the Coming of Man. Morning Cycles in particular will focus on these core areas.

In literacy, you may be aware that we are following a spelling programme called Words Their Way, which allows us to carefully support each child according to their particular area of spelling need. A separate note (attached to this email) explains how we will be inviting you to support your child in their spelling homework. Our literacy programme will continue to work on handwriting, word study (incorporating spelling and including weekly spelling challenges), regular practice with the Dolch 220 sight words (for students who are yet to complete this programme), grammar, written comprehension (including shared reading), alphabetisation, speaking, listening and reasoning skills (through a philosophy community of inquiry approach), journal writing, persuasive writing, recipes and procedures, and narrative stories. We will continue to occasionally partner with another Cycle 2 class for philosophy.

Reading, including through supported individual levelled reading, will continue to be a particular focus. Thank you Mary-Jane and Julie for continuing to come in last term to support our readers. Our students always benefit from adults supporting them in reading at school. If you can come into the class to help listen to students read please could you let me know? Almost anytime is fine to come in and help with reading, although Monday afternoons would be ideal.

In numeracy, students will be invited to concentrate on operations. We will have particular emphases on data and chance, and location and transformation. We will also be looking closely at time to complement our Time Line work (see next para). A continuing focus will be the specific and consistent use of maths language and support for students in developing their maths problem solving strategies. Students will be learning their addition number facts. They will also be supported, when ready, to expand their knowledge of multiplication facts including times tables.

Our integrated work continues our explorations using the Great Montessori Story: Time Line of Life. We will explore and classify the diversity of marine life, with a particular focus on sharks. Students will explore the sustainability of marine life. Towards the middle of the term we will use the Great Story of the Coming of Man to explore the fundamental needs of people, and to investigate some ancient cultures. If you have resources that could help us (posters, artefacts, etc.) please could you let us know? In week 4 of term we have an excursion to Caboolture RSL Care. The students enjoyed their visit last time and this work fits well with both the fundamental needs of people and the emotional and social development of our students. In Art, students will collaborate on a marine art piece, experiment with some art techniques used by early people, and create Egyptian masks. Time permitting, students will also explore indigenous art styles and we are considering the possibility of a visit to the Asia-Pacific Triennial For Kids at GOMA toward the end of term 4.

Of course, there is also Cycle 2 camp, in week 2 of term, which I am sure that the children are keenly anticipating. If you have questions about camp that are not answered beforehand, there is a camp information and questions session after school on Thursday October 8th.

At the end of the year we will say goodbye to a number our students as they leave for Cycle 3. Our senior students have done a really effective job of supporting younger students this year and I know they will grow further this term. This will be our first ‘3-year’ graduates from the Sea Lions. I feel truly honoured to have witnessed their inspiring journeys.

As affected families are already aware, students will transition into their new classes in weeks 5-8 inclusive next term. We will have a number of Cycle 1 students transitioning into the Sea Lions at this time. This is also the term of student semester reports. Parent-teacher report meetings will occur toward the end of term.

Finally, we have a couple of polite requests. Please can you ensure that your child brings their take home folder to school each Monday. Each night the folder goes home (to provide an opportunity to work on homework, to read class readers, and to take information home) and comes back the next day. On Friday the folder comes to school and stays at school until the following Monday.

Please can you make sure your child arrives on time (between 8.15 and 8.30) each day ready to start morning cycle.   In this way, the whole class has a wonderful opportunity to focus on learning right from the start of the day.

Welcome to our Term 4!

Bill & Hayley

Sea Lions Class Director & Assistant

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A late adition to our website - Volcano Magic!!

 

We did our volcano experiments back in March - better late than never, we say.

Thanks,

Bill & Hayley


A Visit to Mary Cairncross Reserve at Maleny - September 2015

The Sea Lions had a fantastic excursion to Mary Cairncross Reserve at Maleny, as part of our exploration of rainforests and the Great Story of the Coming of Life.  We travelled in parent cars (thanks heaps to all of you wonderful helper parents!). We were treated to amazing tour by the volunteer guides.  Our students were deeply interested in the flora and fauna and many made detailed scientific notes.  The behaviour of every student was beautiful and courteous throughout the excursion.’

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A recount from Emily Watson (aged 6).


24 August 2015

Science at CMS

'The Sea Lions were very excited to receive a visit from CSIRO Scientist, Dr. Matt Gray last week. Matt gave an amazing presentation on rainforest plants, and brought many of them  to allow the children a truly hands on experience. We explored the different layers of the rainforest and many adaptations that plants make to survive and thrive in that environment. Matt took us on a tour which included the many rainforest plants that are right outside our classroom. After his visit we asked the students what they thought of it. The students told us they have a fantastic time, and they were able to recall much of the information Matt had shared. One student even said 'I was really surprised just how interesting leaves are'.

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Thanks

Bill & Hayley


13 July 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians

Sea Lions Newsletter Week 1 Term 3 2015

Lights, camera, action! Welcome students, parents and families to the start of our dramatically fantastic Term 3! I trust you are rested and rejuvenated over the school holidays, and ready for a wonderful term of learning.

Our class programme continues to be consistent with the Montessori and Australian National Curriculums. The core elements are literacy, numeracy and our integrated work theme on Time Life of Life. Morning Cycles in particular will focus on these core areas.

In literacy, we will continue to work on handwriting, word study (incorporating spelling and including weekly spelling challenges), regular practice with the Dolch 220 sight words (for students who are yet to complete this programme), grammar, written comprehension (including shared reading), alphabetisation, speaking, listening and reasoning skills (through a philosophy community of inquiry approach), journal writing, report writing, narrative story writing and persuasive posters. We will continue to occasionally partner with another Cycle 2 class for philosophy.

Reading, including through supported individual levelled reading, will continue to be a particular focus. Thank you Mary-Jane and Julie for coming in last term to support our readers. Our students always benefit from adults supporting them in reading at school. If you can come into the class to help listen to students read please could you let me know? Almost anytime is fine to come in and help with reading, although Monday afternoons would be ideal.

In numeracy, students will be invited to concentrate on operations and we will have a particular emphasis on measurement. A continuing focus will be the specific and consistent use of maths language and support for students in developing their maths problem solving strategies. Students will be learning their addition number facts. They will also be supported, when ready, to expand their knowledge of multiplication facts including times tables.

Our integrated work will be based on the Great Montessori Story: Time Line of Life. We will explore the formation of continents and landforms, rainforest botany and Moreton Bay sea life. We have an exciting visitor planned and two excursions – watch this space! The children will create annotated pictures of landforms, design and write reports on their own imagined plants, present a news report about Mary Cairncross, and produce a poster to encourage marine life sustainability in Moreton Bay. If you have resources that could help us (crystals, posters of rainforest plants or sea life) please could you let us know?

We will continue to build on the work students have being exploring with personal virtues, to actively develop personal and group responsibility, positive work habits, healthy emotional regulation, and useful social skills. Our senior students will be encouraged and supported to continue to develop their leadership skills including role modelling and supporting younger students in the class.

The students are already excited about the play (Snow Beauty and the Lord of the Star Wars) and this will be a major focus for term 3. The play is collaboration between all 3 Cycle 2 classes, which has many benefits including preparation for school camp early in term 4. If you have been involved before, you will appreciate the hard work that is involved. We have already had a number of parents come forward offering to help – if you can lend a hand with making props, music or dance please let us know. In Art, students will explore the use of botany in art, and will jointly create a major triptych Sea Life piece.

Please can you ensure that your child arrives on time (between 8.15 and 8.30) each day ready to start morning cycle.   In this way, the whole class has a wonderful opportunity to focus on learning right from the start of the day.

Welcome to our Term 3!

Bill Class Director

Hayley Class Assistant


Self Portraits

Julie – an artist and friend of the school – has been supporting our children to create beautiful self portraits. 

They have been loving doing this extended art project!

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At CMS we encourage community service, hence a visit by the Sea Lions to the residents at the RSL

Here are some pictures from the Sea Lions recent visit to RSL Care in Caboolture.  The students had a great time connecting with the customers and performed their yoga dance ‘Happy Gio’.

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Sea Lions Newsletter Week 1 Term 2 2015

Bang! Welcome students, parents and families to the start of our Term 2 Universe! I trust you are rested and rejuvenated over the school holidays, and ready to boldly go where no one has been before.

Our class programme continues to be consistent with the Montessori and Australian National Curriculums. The core elements are literacy, numeracy and our integrated work theme on the formation of the Universe and the Earth. Morning Cycles in particular will focus on these core areas.

In literacy, we will continue to work on handwriting, word study (incorporating spelling and including weekly spelling challenges), regular practice with the Dolch 220 sight words (for students who are yet to complete this programme), grammar, written comprehension (including shared reading), alphabetisation, speaking, listening and reasoning skills (through a philosophy community of inquiry approach), journal writing, narrative story writing, poetry and written descriptive reports. We will continue to occasionally partner with another Cycle 2 class for philosophy.

Reading, including through supported individual levelled reading, will continue to be a particular focus. As you may be aware, selected Cycle 3 students have previously assisted us with reading. We are exploring the possibility of continuing this programme. Thank you Mary-Jane and Julie for coming in last term to support our readers. Our students always benefit from adults supporting them with reading at school. If you can come into the class to help listen to students read please could you let me know? Almost anytime is fine to come in and help with reading, although Monday afternoons would be ideal.

In numeracy, students will be invited to concentrate on operations and we will explore space and shape in geometry. A continuing focus will be the specific and consistent use of maths language and support for students in developing their mathsproblem solving strategies. Students will be learning their addition number facts. They will also be supported, when ready, to expand their knowledge of multiplication facts including times tables. The students will also be setting up a handball court outside the classroom for use in maths, literacy and sport.

Our integrated work will be based on the first Great Montessori Story, the formation of the Universe and the Earth. The children will be encouraged to conduct and report on relevant science experiments. They will write a story and a poem around our theme, and create and describe a model of a space station.  If you have resources that could help us (posters of the solar system, etc.) please could you let us know?

We will build on the work students have being exploring with personal virtues, to actively develop personal and group responsibility, positive work habits, healthy emotional regulation, and useful social skills. Our senior students in term 1 will continue to be encouraged and supported to develop their leadership skills including role modelling and supporting younger students in the class. Our senior students will also be undertaking Naplan tests in the fourth week of term. We will continue to sensitively support our senior students to allow them to get the most benefit from this experience.

In Art, students will create self portraits as they explore and develop their self awareness and self image. We will revisit and extend both watercolour and acrylic painting. We have a number of exciting plans with yoga. We will also be exploring dance this term. Our students will increasingly be making use of drama in class – both to support broader learnings and in anticipation of our concert production in Term 3.

Our Practical Life work will include real projects of value to our class community.  We anticipate developing our class and community gardens. If you have seedlings or seeds that are suitable for planting as we go into Winter we would love to receive them. We anticipate organising a gardening bee on a weekend in the first half of term – more details to follow.

Please can you ensure that your child arrives on time (between 8.15 and 8.30) each day ready to start morning cycle.   In this way, the whole class has a wonderful opportunity to focus on learning right from the start of the day.

Here’s to an intergalatically creative term of learning and discovery!

Bill

Sea Lions Class Director                        sea lions 2


Students in Cycle 2C

It is always pleasing to see the fervour and excitement with which our children take responsibility for their learning. At CMS we do not prescribe tons of homework; however children will complete self-driven tasks at home, out of personal pleasure.The work below is such an example. Antonella asked her older sister to set a writing task for her and here is the result.

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Jonathon's work

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Welcome back to 2015!


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Sea Lions Newsletter Week 1 Term 1 2015

Welcome back students, parents and families to Term 1, 2015.   I trust you are rested and rejuvenated over the school holidays. We are all very much looking forward to the year ahead.   I’d like to wish a very special welcome to the students and families joining our class community this year.

You are warmly invited to our term 1 class meeting on Monday 1st February between 3.05 and 4pm. I will explain our programmes and class organisation for the term – and I am looking forward to listening to and answering your questions.   Especially if you are new to our class community, this is a great opportunity to find out more about what is going on. I would also encourage all parents to book a class observation (once your child has settled) through the office so that you can observe at first-hand what happens in the classroom.

Our class programme continues to be consistent with the Montessori and Australian National Curriculums. The core elements are literacy, numeracy and our integrated work themes on science and the properties of matter. Morning Cycles in particular will focus on these core areas.

In literacy, we will work on handwriting, word study (incorporating spelling and including weekly spelling challenges), regular practice with the Dolch 220 sight words for students who are yet to complete this programme, grammar, written comprehension (including shared reading), alphabetisation, speaking, listening and reasoning skills (through a philosophy community of inquiry approach), journal writing, report writing, story writing, and written instructions (‘procedural texts’) in the form of science experiments. We will sometimes partner with another Cycle 2 class for philosophy.

Reading, including through supported individual levelled reading, will be a particular focus. As you may be aware, selected Cycle 3 students have previously assisted us with reading. We are exploring the possibility of continuing this programme. We would, however, benefit hugely from more adults coming in to support our readers. If you can come into the class to help listen to students read please could you let me know? Almost anytime is fine to come in and help with reading, although Monday afternoons would be ideal.

In numeracy, students will be invited to concentrate on operations and we will explore fractions and geometry. A particular focus will be the specific and consistent use of maths language and support for students in developing their maths problem solving strategies. Students will be learning their addition number facts. They will also be supported, when ready, to expand their knowledge of multiplication facts including times tables.

Our integrated work will be based on science, the scientific method, and the properties of matter. Students will undertake a range of hands-on experiments and scientific explorations. Students will be encouraged and supported to design and carry out their own science investigations.  Our children will learn to investigate and explore like scientists, and to develop their scientific reasoning and reporting skills (in both language and numeracy) as they write up their experiments.

Term 1 is also very much about developing personal and group responsibility, positive work habits, healthy emotional regulation, and useful social skills. We are looking forward to seeing our senior students take increasing responsibility for their own learning as well as showing leadership by role modelling and supporting younger students in the class. Students will be empowered to explore and develop in their self awareness and self image, community awareness, cultural awareness and environmental awareness. For example, students will work on peaceful conflict resolution techniques.

In Art, students will create individual virtues artworks, self portraits and watercolour paintings. They will extend their work with Zentangles into creating mandalas. We are continuing to explore the possibility of creating a semi-permanent outdoor mandala installation using natural materials. What we need are plastic crates with lids, pavers, and plastic crate size amounts of different coloured particulate matter – black soil, red earth, white sand, yellow sand, etc. If you can help please could you let me know? Students will be offered weekly child yoga sessions. We will also be exploring dance this term.

Our Practical Life work will include real projects of value to our class community.  We anticipate developing our class and community gardens. If you are green thumbed and would like to help please let us know.

We anticipate an excursion to the Caboolture Hub in around week 4 of term to explore the library and art gallery. As well as introducing the students to the resources there, this provides an opportunity to develop independence and responsibility for students.

Please can you ensure that your child arrives on time (between 8.15 and 8.30) each day ready to start morning cycle.   In this way, the whole class has a wonderful opportunity to focus on learning right from the start of the day. Also, please do not send in any pencil cases with your child. All of the normal stationery resources needed are in the classroom and we like to support and encourage students to share these materials.

I’m also very happy to announce that Hayley will now be assisting our class for four days each week – hooray!

Here’s to an atomically innovative term of learning and discovery!

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Bill & Hayley                                                

Sea Lions C2C - Class Director & Assistant


Helping the Environment with Wyatt Roy MP

Nov 2014 - As part of their explorations of marine life and sustainability, the Sea Lions recently visited Red Beach, Bribie Island with Wyatt Roy MP. Students had already investigated the link between plastic bag pollution and marine life. Each year more than one million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals are killed when they mistake plastic litter for food. The students and Wyatt collected rubbish from the beach and surrounding areas – filling a large number of bin bags.

We then moved on to the Bribie Island Seaside Museum at Bongaree. The students received an information tour from museum staff, explored the indigenous and non-indigenous origins of Bribie Island, examined samples of the many amazing marine creatures in Moreton Bay, and appreciated the art of Ian Fairweather.  

Seven parent helpers accompanied the excursion providing invaluable support – thank you!

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