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Year 9 Rugby Team:
Exeter & East Devon Champions!!!
7 November 2017
The UKMT Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing papers designed to stimulate interest in Mathematics . They are tests of reasoning and mental agility.
This year the Senior Challenge for Year 12 and 13 students attracted over 82,000 entries nationally.
We were very proud of the achievements of our A Level students six of whom attained Bronze Certificates.
Mr Davies presented the students with their certificate and was very impressed with their enthusiasm for Mathematics and their plans for the future.
UK Mathematics Trust Senior Challenge
Rotary Present Cheques to Leaders of Performing Arts
Every the summer the college performing arts departments work with Rotary to produce a fabulous summer show at the Pavilion in Exmouth. Talented student musicians, dancers, singers and actors perform to a packed house.
In December the representatives of Rotary presented cheques from the proceeds to the Principal, Andrew Davis, and the leaders of the performing arts departments, Paul Stock (Music), Amy Phillips (Dance) and Jez Turner (Drama)
Students Study Victorian Literature with Senior Lecturer from Exeter University
On December 6, thirty of our Year 11 students were given the opportunity to work with Paul Young, Senior Lecturer and expert in Victorian Literature at the University of Exeter.
During the workshop, students developed their contextual understanding of Victorian Britain whilst also analysing a range of Victorian texts, including the work of Dickens and an extract of 'The Mysteries of London,' a popular serialised novel of the time that is now not often studied.
Our students also had the chance to speak to an English undergraduate student in the final year of their studies and were given a flavour of what life is like in higher education. What an incredible opportunity!
Creative Writing Club Winners
The Creative Writing Club held an end of term creative writing competition. Entrants had to write the opening of a story based on a given theme. The winners, listed below, received their prizes from Mr Davis, Principal, who congratulated them on taking part and their writing.
Winner: Sophie Brindley
Runner Up: Lucy Waite
Winner: Silvie Neaum
Runner Up: Rebecca Sbarsi
Winner: Josh Te Moananui
Runner Up: Anna Parkinson
Over the last term, our year 8 and 9 Religion, Philosophy and Ethics students have been working on some brilliant independent homework projects. Year 8 were asked to create a memorial for victims of the Holocaust. We had some amazing projects ranging from incredible models linked to the Holocaust to diaries written from the perspective of a survivor. Year 9 were researching the controversial ethical topic of Capital Punishment. They were asked to find and present information about a specific historical case study. Again, we had some brilliant and sometimes shocking projects, such as a real working miniature gallows.
Each year 8 and 9 RPE class then picked 2 winners. The winners were presented with prizes from the RPE Department and they will be invited to join us on a reward trip in the New Year. The overall year group project winners were:
Year 8 -
Saskia Collings 8DH and
Alex Jeeves-White 8ATP
Year 9 -
Millie Dymond 9DBF and
Lily Case 9DBF
Year 8 and 9 Students create a memorial for victims of the Holocaust
College Scientists are Top of the Bench
On Wednesday 13th December the College once again sent a team of Most Able students to Exeter University for the prestigious Top of the Bench competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The team was comprised of Tegan Fergusun (Year 11), Lukas Gmyrek (Year 10), Sophie Lock (Year 9) and Harry Horn (Year 9). By lunchtime all of the students had worked well as a team to determine the vitamin C content of various foods by titration, and finishing ahead of other schools, and applying problem solving to determine a numerical value for the foods tested.
In the theory quiz held in the afternoon the Exmouth team scored 100%. This demonstrated skills from across a range of chemistry topics, and justified the hard work put into training sessions after school throughout the Autumn term.
In the final score, the team finished second from throughout the South West region in what was a very tightly fought contest. Both Mr Williamson and Miss Bowles were impressed with the mature and cooperative manner that all of the students had throughout the competition, and were delighted with the insights that were gained into studying University level Science.
The fantastic cast below delivered a brilliant night’s entertainment. The classic John Buchan play, which has also been adapted for film, has all the elements of a good night at the theatre. Drama, excitement and, of course, humour. The production was possible because of the commitment of the Drama Dept. And all the students and staff involved. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Mrs McGarrigle/ Heavy 1/ Clown
Mr McGarrigle/ McQuarrie/ Heavy 2/ Radio Announcer/ Clown
Professor Jordan/ Sheriff/ Dunwoody/ Clown
Compere 1/ Milkman/ Pilot 1/ Clown
Compere 2/ Pilot 2/ Mrs Jordan/ Clown
Mr Memory/ Salesman 2/ Policeman/ Porter/ Paperboy/ Clown/
Crofter/ Salesman 1/ Policeman/ Porter/ Paperboy/ Inspector/ Announcer/ Albright/ Clown
Margaret/ Mrs Higgins/ Clown
Tech Manager: Sam Worthy
Senior Technician: Sam Kelly
Piano: Paul Stock
Lead Guitar: Dave Hardman
Bass Guitar: Neil Rigler
Violin: Sue Stock
Directed and Produced by
Jez Turner and Roxy Merry
Just before Christmas Exmouth Community College took to the slopes of the Italian Alps. Seventeen intrepid adventurers spent a whole week learning to ski or snowboard, perfecting their skills and shredding the pistes. From complete beginner to experienced skier, all had lessons, made huge improvements and developed their understanding of the alpine environment. By the end of the week all the beginners were tackling red runs and beginning to parallel turn.
The snow conditions were excellent,with a huge snowfall just before we arrived and throughout the first day on the slopes. We were lucky enough to get the best conditions that had been seen in resort for nine years.
As well as skiing and snowboarding we all enjoyed apres ski activities such as karaoke, pizza night and Italian gelato. All Exmouth pupils were thanked by their instructors and the hotel staff for being so polite and friendly throughout the week.
For information on next years ski trip come and see Miss Thomas in the Media block.
Ski Trip to Italy
Eleanor Burt Wins BNF Drummond Education Award: Food & Nutrition
Eleanor won the award but was unable to go to London to be presented with her certificate and prize by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal because she is currently taking a gap year and doing voluntary work for a charity. Luckily Eleanor was able to come into college to collect her certificate and prize from her teacher, Mrs Souter.
For a number of years The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has run The Drummond Education Award scheme for GCSE and A-level students to promote interest in, and awareness of, good practice in food and nutrition-and to recognise and reward the achievements of outstanding students and their teachers in this subject area.
Eleanor Burt won the 2017 BNF Drummond Education Award for A-Level students. She won a certificate, a £100 prize for herself AND a £200 prize for the College!!!
There are no particular provisions as to how the prize money for the College may be spent, but it is hoped that the Food and Nutrition department will benefit from the award. The purpose of the competition is to inspire some of the winners to pursue a career in food and nutrition: Eleanor is going to study for a Bsc in Food Science at Cardiff after her gap year so congratulations to her, and her teacher, Mrs Souter.
Under 13 & Under 15 Girls Cricket Teams Qualify for Devon Finals
Our Under 13 and 15 Girls Cricket teams recently gave a wonderful performance which resulted in both teams qualifying for the Devon finals. Well played girls!! There were some outstanding performances of batting, bowling and fielding. Well done from Mr Taylor.
Year 10 Food Technology Students Get Inspirational Session with Professional Chefs
Year 10 Food Technology students were given a demonstration of professionalism and expertise in January to inspire them to choose catering for a career. The aim was to teach students some complex practical skills and show them how to present dishes to a professional standard.
Well known and successful chef, Mark Stoyle, who now teaches at Exeter College, was the Head Chef for the demonstration. He was assisted by two of our former students (Mitch and Rich!) who are now training at the Michael Caines Academy.
The students watched as Mark prepared his dishes whilst explaining the process and importance of certain skills and techniques. The dish which was prepared in the demonstration was stuffed chicken wings topped with a garlic foam, which was served with a herb, pea and mint risotto.
The students then had to prepare their own stuffed chicken wings as Mark had just demonstrated: they had to remove the bones from a chicken wing, pipe in a chicken mousse and then roll it in cling film to form a sausage which was then steamed.
An inspirational and instructive session.
Attainment in English Literature
Head of Key Stage Award
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Rotary Club of Exmouth Raleigh Prize Award
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Governors’ Award for Effort
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Study Centre Award
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Paul Wood Memorial Salver: Service to the College
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Sir Peter Emery Cup
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Accepted on Degree Course 2017
Pharmaceutical Science, Technology & Business
Philosophy, Politics & Economics 2018
Chemistry Extended Degree
Sport, Coaching & Physical Education
Business & Marketing
Food Science & Technology
Computer Games Programming 2018
Law & Criminology
Clinical Exercise Science
Civil Engineering (Year in Industry)
Music & Musical Theatre
Music & Musical Theatre
Mathematics (with a Year in Industry)
Business & Marketing
Mathematics (with a Year in Industry)
Acoustical Engineering with Industrial Placement Year
Sport, Coaching & Physical Education /Business Management
Zoological Management 2018
English Language & Linguistics 2018
International Tourism Management
Games Software Engineering 2018
Communication & Media
Criminology with Psychology
Politics, Philosophy & Economics
Finance & Investment Banking
Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics 2018
Accounting & Finance
Physical Education & Dance
Sociology & Anthropology
Spanish & Latin American Studies 2018
Politics, Philosophy & Economics
Politics with International Relations
Post 16 Celebration of Achievement 2016-17 Cohort
Jim Walker Prize for Contribution to Drama Beth Freer
Exmouth Raleigh Rotary Club Millennium Award Megan Beck
Paul Wood Memorial Trophy Charlotte Mellor
Sir Peter Emery Cup Joyce Tang
‘A’ Level History Students take part in Challenging Debate at Exeter University. The students debated the proposition:“Was the extension of the franchise in 1918 the most significant moment in British democratic history?”
Our A Level History students put up a brilliant performance against both private and public schools at Exeter University debating the significance of the 1918 extension of the franchise to democracy. This was a challenging and valuable experience for our university students of the future which was organised by Mrs Weller, Head of History. What an experience!!
College Students Play for Victorious U16 Devon Rugby Team
Harry Sprague and Owen Tidball (pictured) played for the Devon Under Sixteen A team on January 21. The team were victorious over Gloucester winning 19-5
Jason Farrant and Ben Dawson played for the Devon Under Sixteen B team who narrowly lost.
Well done lads for the selection and the great play on the day!
The Year 9 Rugby Team are now Exeter and East Devon Cup champions. It has been a great season for the squad who are also in the semi final of the Devon Cup and the final of the 12 a side Devon tournament later this month.
The team beat St Peters, Exeter, on Wednesday 7-5 in one of the best school games seen for a while. Exmouth controlled long aspects of play and tackled everything that moved when St Peters had the ball. Exmouth's try was scored by Rob Dilling and it was converted by Harry Bennett.
Congratulations to all the boys and a thank you to all the parents and local rugby clubs for the support they give the school teams.
Athletes Brave Poor Conditions In
Devon Schools Cross Country Championships
Well done to the E.C.C athletes who competed at the Devon Schools Cross Championships held at Stover School last Saturday in really wet and muddy conditions!
Alexander Quaife (YR7 Boys) Esme Kilburn-Thompson (Junior Girls) Clara Woodhead (Inter Girls) and Charlotte Gallagher (Senior Girls)
Badminton Teams a Credit to the College
Miss Hannah took three teams to the Devon Badminton Finals held at Paignton on January 24.
The under fourteen boys team narrowly missed winning first place by only two points but their second place was well won. The under nineteen girls also came second after a closely fought match against Devon High School for Girls. The under nineteen boys came a creditable fourth.
The teams played well and the students behaviour was excellent on and off the court; they were a credit to the college. Congratulations to the following students: Jonty Wright, Josh Finder-Hawkins, Lucas Urquiza, Alfie Woodger, Tess Findel-Hawkins, Alysha Townsend, Chloe Walker, Caitlin Walsh, Michaela Stortenbeker, Morgan Wright, George Harris, Ross Buckler, Harry Reay and Joe Rockey.
Textiles and Art Students Visit Victoria & Albert Museum and Tate Modern
On Friday 19th January the Textile and Art Department undertook a joint trip to London with Year 10 and Post 16 students. The first port of call was The Victoria and Albert Museum where the Textile students explored the Balenciaga exhibition. The students had time to investigate the rest of the museum - and its maze of corridors!
After crossing the city the next stop for the Art students was the amazing Tate Modern where they were able to experience the world of modern art. The Textiles students went to the Fashion and Textile museum founded by Zandra Rhodes and saw the Louise Dahl-Wolfe photography exhibition.
This was a valuable educational and inspirational trip for all the students who will be able to use what they learned and experienced in their examination work.
Robot Club Travel to Bristol to take part in Regional Finals of Lego League
On Wednesday 17th January, the college Robot Club travelled to Bristol to take part in the Regional Finals of the First Lego League. They competed against 19 other teams from across the South West, including last years' National Champions.
Competition was very tight and the team eventually came 12th, just 21 points off the top six playoff spaces. Just one more successful mission would have put the team into the Quarter Finals, but it wasn't to be.
The boys had a fantastic time and picked up a lot of great ideas to prepare for next year's competition and their goal of returning to compete at the National Finals in 2019.
Post 16 Geographers Study a Wet and Freezing Birmingham
Helena Stimson Wins Local Area Final of
Springboard Future Chef Competition
Recently Helena Stimson and Amber Arnold competed in the local area final of the Springboard Future Chef Competition held at South Devon College. Both girls did well to get to the area final but it was Helena who won!
Helena held off stiff competition in a very closely contested round remaining focused throughout. She prepared two dishes for the judges. Her main course was a black bean plantain chili with courgette fritters and cornbread. The judges were impressed with her use of plantain. For dessert Helena served plum cake with homemade custard.
Helena now progresses to the Regional Final which is held at Petroc in Tiverton on Thursday February 8th against competitors from Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bristol.
Helena also has the opportunity to be mentored by the Head Chef of Boringdon Hall, Scott Paton
Yr 10 Football Team Victorious in Second Round of Devon Cup
Year 10 Football team travelled to Bideford, North Devon to play Pilton College in the second round of the Devon County Cup.
The boys played some fantastic football, showing pace, strength, vision and control. They swept the opposition away winning six nil!
Lewis Hilliar scored a hat-trick with the other goals coming from Cameron McGoldrick and Ryan Daffin (2).
All of the players were totally on their game. On top of that Mr Dawkins said, “They were a pleasure to take on the fixture: courteous and polite at all times, exceptional behaviour both on and off the pitch after having to walk through the very 'hostile' school to get to the pitch. There is a great sense of togetherness with this group of lads. They are a pleasure to coach and an absolute credit to the college”
Congratulations to Honor who has Bagged a Great Prize with her 60 Epraise Points!!!
Year 7 student, Honor Bickley, has been awarded an amazing 60 epraise points for her work in college. Students are able to buy prizes with points from the college epraise site. Prizes range from pencils to electric guitars, tablets, prom tickets and, of course, keyboards.
Great effort Honor! Enjoy your prize.
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Year 9 Rugby Team Wins Another Hard Fought Victory!
The Yr 9 rugby squad travelled up to Bideford with a depleted team after five injuries and illness meant several team members were not available to play.
In one of most competitive school games seen the ECC boys gained a hard fought victory beating Bideford 12-18. Tries were scored by Jack Ballett, Harry Bennett, Max Richards and a Harry Bennett penalty.
This now means the boys are East Devon and Exeter Champions and in the final of the Devon Cup. A real credit to Yr9 and the school. Certainly worth the extra effort put in by both students and coach.
The U13's Sports Hall Athletics team did brilliantly to finish in second place at
the recent East Devon Schools competition. They have, as a result, qualified for
the Devon Finals in February. Well done and good luck in the final!
Under 13 Indoor Athletics Team Miss First Place by a Whisker but do Qualify for Devon Finals
Carly Cox, Coco Goodbody-Stannard, Bethany Blake, Amy Jenions, Lily Woodward, Mia Farrow,
Ryan Woodward, Sonny Cox, Sam Reay, Matt Loveridge, Oliver Ward, Jake Haggarty
Post 16 Students Studying Sport and Fitness Visit Exeter University Facilities
GCSE Textiles Taster Sessions for Year 9
The Year 9 students spent 6 after school sessions creating a small bag which they decorated using techniques which are used in GCSE Textiles, including Batik, Spray dyeing with stencils and needle felting. They also learnt how to sew a zip into a bag and how to add a lining.
As you can see the results are really creative, unique and original and the students had lots of fun working in a more relaxed environment with other like-minded students
Understanding the Hospitality Business:
Students Visit Deer Park Hotel
Mrs Souter’s class recently visited the Deer Park Hotel to learn about the hospitality business and to have some hands-on experience of how a hotel works for its guests. One of the things they learned was how to conduct themselves if in charge of the reception desk. They were lucky to sample the food, have a tour of the gardens and the classic cars used for ‘experience’ trips for hotel guests.
E Safety Week Challenge is Met by Student Winners
During Safer Internet week, 5th to 9th February, a number of activities were arranged to promote responsible use of computers.
One of the activities was a crossword competition. 501 students had a go at deciphering the numerous and very challenging, cryptic clues set by the Computing and ICT department. For example, who is the British psychologist, writer and media personality who wrote an influential report about e-safety in 2008? Forty eight pupils managed to crack this conundrum and the first 30 to do this were awarded e-praise points for their efforts.
Well done to all for such a great effort!
Top Epraise Prizewinners
Year 8 students Anna Cox & Stevie Mears have managed to collect over 60 epraise points and have scooped up one of the big prizes: a keyboard! Kirsty Robinson has earned over 100 points and has been able to clain a quad core tablet computer!
Exploring Berlin and Confronting the Past
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
Sixty Exmouth Community College students recently seized the opportunity to explore the city of Berlin and its surroundings.
From having their photograph taken outside Brandenburg Gate, to seeing how Olympians of the past trained and participated in the 1936 Olympics, students immersed themselves in the culture and political nature of the remnants of the Weimar, Nazi and Cold War era.
Our students were able to apply the images learnt in the classroom of the terror and repression that was often meted out by the rulers under these regimes by being a witness at the concentration camp of Sachsenhausen and at the Museum of the Topography of Terror.
Speaking to the students at the conclusion of the trip they understood the importance of visiting historic places in Berlin to act as a voice for the future in order that we are not condemned to repeat our past.
Our Under 13 girls Football team were Runners up in the Exeter City “Catherine Fraser” cup held at Exeter University. The team played against many schools including Year 9 students and produced some outstanding performances throughout the day. All of the squad played a vital role in each match. In the semi final a penalty shoot out was needed to secure victory against St Luke’s for a place in the final. The final was tight affair against Maynard School with the girls eventually losing 1-0. The team were presented with their medals by Exeter City player, Lee Holmes. Mr Taylor would like to thank the girls for their excellent performance, attitude and behaviour throughout the day. Well done girls.
Under 13 Girls Football Team: Brilliant!
World Book Day is Celebrated over Several Days!
The college managed to enjoy a slightly delayed but successful World Book Day Week – in spite of the snow!
Thank you to all those who visited the Book Fair. We sold £550 of books in just four days, earning £250 of free books for the school library.
182 Key Stage Three students entered a match the author and character competition, with five lucky winners choosing a free book from the fair!
Several English teachers donned book character attire – Ms. Loader displayed a lot of courage in her cowardly outfit, and presumably Ms. Draper wore stripes as she didn’t want to be spotted!
To finish off the week, a cake and second-hand book stall raised £114 for Book Aid Africa, a charity providing education and books to under-resourced schools and libraries in Africa.
Belgium Music Tour Spring 2018
At 11:45 on 7th February 2018, a group of musicians and singers met in the coach park to travel to Belgium. We were going to perform two concerts and visit Brussels and Bruges as well. Mr Rigler, Mr Stock, Mr Hardman, Mrs Lees and Mrs Stock were coming on the trip as well. After five tiring hours, we reached Dover and crossed the Channel with P&O Ferries The final part of the journey was from Calais to Brussels. Luckily we got to explore the beautiful city of Brussels with some of us buying chocolate a day before visiting the P&J Chocolate Factory. Our day included a visit to the Musical Instruments Museum which was very interesting for all of us. Our meal was at the Hard Rock Cafe in Antwerp. The burgers were delicious and we were lucky enough to know we were only a few miles from our hotel. Most of us were already tired so it was a quiet night.
On Friday, we were going to perform our two concerts. The first was at a retirement home and the second was in a church later in the evening. First, we visited a chocolate factory and on the way it began to snow! We learnt how milk, white and dark chocolate is made and we got to decorate our own chocolate bar. It ended up with some of us covered head to toe in chocolate! Then we all rushed to the souvenir shop which ended up with some of us spending a few more euros than we needed to! We boarded the coach to travel to the retirement home. The concert went very well and the crowd was very grateful and friendly and they congratulated us at the end. We had time before our second concert so we were going to have our evening meal. Our performance at the church went very well even though we had a smaller crowd. We then had to pack all our instruments and music stands into the coach and travel back to the hotel.
Everyone was ecstatic on Saturday as we were visiting Efteling Theme Park which we visited last year as well. I’m usually not a rollercoaster fan but I really enjoyed the theme park. One of the most popular rides, The Baron, was a ride everyone kept queuing for and there were quite a few green faces after it. I enjoyed a ride called “Le Bazaar” which was very terrifying and there were many shocked faces afterwards. One of the treats were sticks with curled potato on them which were very delicious. Our evening meal was at Pizza Hut which was surprising because it was National Pizza Day. A few people went to have seconds and some even had thirds. We had an easy short journey to the hotel. In the middle of the night, the fire alarm went off, causing a lot of people to climb out of their beds and run into the hallways. Luckily, it was a false alarm.
Day 1: Having loaded and boarded the coach at 11.45pm on Wednesday 7th February, the journey to Belgium began! A long trek involving minimal sleep BUT great excitement, we eventually arrived to a glorious sunrise at Dover.
After an enjoyable crossing of the Channel followed by a three hour road trip, we arrived in Brussels. First, we visited the Music Museum where we saw the smallest pocket violin in the world! Afterwards, we went to the Grand Place where the buildings were exquisite. We then made our way to Antwerp for a lovely evening meal (at the Hard Rock Cafe) and a welcome night’s sleep!
Day 2: Breakfast was followed by a short journey to a chocolate factory! We all decorated our own chocolate and enjoyed tasting the different chocolates! Once we had spent a few euros (on a few bars of chocolate!), we made our journey to our first concert which was held in a residential home for the elderly. This was a successful and fantastic concert where the residents really enjoyed listening to our performance and were clapping along to our songs!
When we left the concert we were met with a layer of snow. A mass snowball fight took place resulting in everybody being drenched.
After a change of clothes and some evening food we played our second concert of the day, this time in a large church. It went very well.
Day 3: This was the day everyone was most looking forward to. Our trip to Efteling Theme Park in Holland.
It is a theme park based on fairytales. The rides were amazing and great fun was had by all, including the teachers.
The day was finished off with delicious pizzas from Pizza Hut.
Day 4: Leaving day. Bags packed and onto the coach. We had an enjoyable canal boat trip through Bruges, a picturesque town in Belgium.
Then began the long journey home. The Channel ferry crossing was fairly bumpy with large waves visible from the window. Some found this unpleasant but some really enjoyed the experience.
We arrived back in Exmouth on time, looking forward to half-term, as were our hard working Music teachers.
Stevie Mears 8ATP
Sunday was our last day in Belgium so before we travelled home, we visited Bruges and we went on a river cruise which we all enjoyed. It was then time to begin our long journey back to Exmouth. As we went through the passport security, someone began to sing Happy Birthday to one of our students, Kaitlin McCann, as it was her birthday. We arrived slightly later than we expected as the gate was shut and we had to wait for Mr Turner to open it for us.
We all enjoyed the trip and we would like to thank the hotel for allowing us to use almost an entire floor for our trip. We would like to thank our drivers for giving up their time to drive us to our destinations. Most of all, we would like to thank our teachers for helping us prepare for our concerts and for making the trip possible.
Beth George 8GSA
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