Welcome to the Fraserburgh Academy School Website.  I hope you find this interesting and informative about our work with our young people in our school community.

Currently, like all other schools in Scotland, we are now in the second term of being fully open and working within COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.  Our staff and pupils have very adapted very quickly to this new way of working and learning and teaching activities are ongoing, albeit adapted in some instances to fit within guidelines.

Learning remains at the heart of our school with great emphasis placed on providing engaging learning experiences and focused intervention.  We recognise that what happens in our classrooms is key to the success of our students and to the continuation of our upward rise in attainment.  It is where we continue to build knowledge, develop skills and promote positive attitudes to learning.  We have highly qualified staff who provide a supportive and encouraging environment where every child is known and learning flourishes.

This session there is a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of all pupils and the Senior Executive have devised a programme of activities and initiatives to help support all young people at this difficult time.  Further opportunities have been created for pupil participation in the decision-making processes within school.

We understand that this is a difficult time for pupils and their families and should you wish to contact your son or daughter’s guidance teacher please phone the school phone number or contact us using this email address: fraserburgh.aca@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.  The website posts below provide a wealth of information about learning at Fraserburgh Academy and more can be found on the Learning on Home tab above.  We will endeavour to keep the website and our social media pages updated with information during this time.

Best wishes

Irene Sharp




Wellbeing Wednesday Drop In

Fraserburgh Academy and Aberdeenshire Council CLD service are collaborating to support a group of young people to run the following mental health peer education drop-in sessions over the coming weeks. All young people are welcome to attend.


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Scottish Youth Parliament Elections



The Scottish Youth Parliament elections are just around the corner. Voting opens on 8th November and remains open until 21st November. Any young person from S1 to age 25 can vote using their Young Scot Card. There are 3 candidates standing for two seats in the constituency that includes Fraserburgh which is called Banffshire and Buchan Coast. To find out about your candidates and to vote follow the link here to the Young Scot website.



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Mental Health Peer Education Programme

The Working with Young People CLD team and Fraserburgh Academy are recruiting S3 to S5 young people to participate in a mental health peer education programme at the school. Young people who participate will attend SAMH run online mental health aware…

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Active Schools Netball

Active Schools and Buchan Netball Club are delighted to offer a block of Netball for children in S1-S6. Session will start on Thursday 26th of August and run until Thursday 7th of October inclusive. Sessions are free of charge.

To book, please hea…

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Further News


Thinking about an apprenticeship in the Oil and Gas / Energy Sector?

OGTAP apprenticeships receive industry recognised qualifications, required for technical roles in oil and gas, renewables, and more.

2022 applications are opening soon.

To find out more and register your interest at: https://www.ogtap.co.uk/apply


Last year’s N5 Woodwork and N5 Metalwork pupils


Attention all of last year’s N5 Woodwork and N5 Metalwork pupils – your final assignments are now free to collect from the school.

This applies only to S4-6 pupils – any work not claimed by Friday 21st will be disposed of.


Any previous S1 to S3 pupils should have already taken their work away with them at the end of the year and is therefore not available for collection.


If still at school, please speak to a member of the Technical department – all other enquiries should go to Mr Ledingham.



S4 Options Information


Please view the attached links for options info.


Video link – S3 Parents evening and Options info for S4

Curriculum link – Senor Phase Options Site

ACES Portfolio Support Sessions

RGU and Gray’s School of Art will be hosting a 2-day Portfolio Support event on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th February from 4.30-6pm. The sessions will be a fantastic opportunity for pupils interested in studying Art & Design to get support from Gray’s School of Art academics to develop and enhance their portfolios.

The programme is open to S5 and S6 school pupils and sessions will be delivered both live through Teams and in person for priority participants in the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire region.

Please find attached further information on event and registration.

Replacement Scottish National Entitlement Card (NEC)


The NEC Office can no longer order replacement cards for pupils who are under 16 due to the Card System now automatically adding the free travel element as they need consent from parents/carers for the under 16 age group. The parent/carer will need to order the replacements card via Parent’s Portal in order to give their consent for the travel element on the card.

The Card System is now set up in preparation for the Free Travel Scheme for U22’s going live on 31/1/22.  The NEC Office can only order replacement cards for those aged 16 and over as parent/carer consent isn’t required for pupils wanting to have the free travel on the card.

Once a child has a card with the travel element on it, the NEC Office will be able to order future replacements.  Please also keep in mind that cards ordered via Parent’s Portal (cardholders under 16) and online (at https://getyournec.scot/ for those 16 and over) will be issued to home addresses so pupils will need to have any replacements activated at school canteen for break and lunches.

All pupils should carry an NEC card for buying goods from the canteen.  NEC cards can be topped up online by parents/carers and is the quickest way for pupils to be served in the canteen.

Active Schools

Please see attached flyer for sport and physical activities for children and young people in Fraserburgh.

Netball, Rugby and Street Cricket sessions will have been opened to both Primary and Secondary pupils to allow an opportunity for Primary pupils to familiarise themselves with Fraserburgh Academy. This will be particularly beneficial for current P7 pupils who transition to Fraserburgh Academy after the Summer.


Skills Development Scotland (SDS) what your School career coaches will be focusing on during the month of January 2022

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Skills Development Scotland Next Steps Opportunities, Information and Advice – dated 6th January 2022.

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We have been asked to publicise this information.


NHS Grampian are now accepting drop ins for second vaccinations for anyone aged 12-15.


Their clinics are all open Monday- Friday 0900-1930.   Here is a link to the seven Aberdeenshire vaccination clinics.



S4, S5 and S6 Assessments


Please see attached letter / link regarding S4, S5 and S6 Assessments due to take place in Jan 2022 - Assessment 2 - Jan 2022

Kooth Digital Mental Health Service


Please find attached information from Kooth Digital Mental Health Service about what is on during December to support children and young people, including mental wellbeing support through dedicated Chat sessions.



MCR Pathways


The Young Aberdeenshire Talent programme, from MCR Pathways, runs in Fraserburgh Academy and it makes an incredible difference to our pupils each week. Volunteer mentors help young people to build their confidence and think about their future. In addition to this, mentors can develop their own skills too - and build a life-changing friendship.


Our school is looking for people to sign up now and become a mentor - your support would mean the world and be truly valuable. Mentoring meetings are one hour per week in school, during school hours and term time. Anyone over the age of 21 can join and full training is provided.


For more information and to sign up, visit: https://mcrpathways.org/become-a-mentor/


Parents-Carers FSM bridging payments letter


Please find attached translated letters to parents/carers regarding the Free School Meals bridging payments for December.  This has been translated into the most commonly required languages.


December 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments ENGLISH

December 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments ARABIC

December 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments LATVIAN

December 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments LITHUANIAN

December 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments POLISH

December 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments ROMANIAN

December 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments RUSSIAN

For S4/5 students


Mr Walton explains the many opportunities for Growth during your S5 & S6 at Fraserburgh Academy.






Skills Development Scotland and National Parents Forum for Scotland


Skills Development Scotland and National Parents Forum for Scotland are arranging a session on Foundation Apprenticeships for parents and carers on Tuesday 14th December from 7pm-8pm.


This session gives the opportunity to find out about Foundation Apprenticeships including who they’re for, how they work and their benefits. During this one hour session we’ll talk through the value and equivalency of the qualification in terms of SCQF levels and UCAS points. We’ll also share pupil journeys and how Foundation Apprenticeships helped them progress onto a job such as a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship, college or university. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.


Scottish Government Free Bus Travel for Under 22s - Survey


Scottish Government Transport Analytical Services Division would be grateful for your support in circulating the following survey for completion by parents/carers and/or children aged 12+:


The closing date for all responses is 24th January 2022.

About the Survey

Do you have a child aged 5-16, or are you a young person aged 12-21? If so, please complete our short travel survey for a chance to win up to £250 in Love2Shop vouchers.

The Scottish Government will soon be launching the Free Bus Travel Scheme for young people between the ages of 5 and 21. This aims to encourage greener travel patterns, and increase opportunities for young people to engage in employment, education and social activities and not be excluded due to travel costs. Transport Scotland will monitor the scheme as it progresses to check on use and impact. The first step is to try and understand current travel patterns so that any changes after the scheme is introduced can be identified.

We would be grateful if parents/carers of younger children (i.e. those aged 5-16), or young people aged 12-21 themselves, could complete this short travel survey. The questionnaire asks about current travel behaviour, and your thoughts about bus travel generally and the free bus travel. This should take no more than 10 minutes to do.

Contact Us: If you have any questions about the work or problems completing the questionnaire, please contact our Project Manager, Elaine Wilson-Smith, at elaine@wellsideresearch.co.uk or on 0131 677 5522.

Updated Risk Assessment


Please find attached an updated risk assessment for the school, changes have been highlighted in yellow for your convenience.


ECS Covid_19 Risk Assessment Fraserburgh Academy v21 02.12.21




We are delighted to celebrate the success of 3 of our learners who have recently won internal awards from the Maths Dept. for Excellence.

                                                                                                                                      Alex Dancus S5   




Kara Skakle & Josie Skakle, sisters, both S1

Well done to you all!



OPITO’s My Energy Future LIVE (formerly Energise Your Future) is back at Offshore Europe, 2022.

Date:- Friday 4th February 2022

Where:- P&J Live, Aberdeen

Time:- 9.00am – 1.00pm (coach will leave Fraserburgh Academy approx. 7.45am – timings will be confirmed nearer the time)

If you are a senior pupil (S4-S6) who has an interest in the energy sector, you will get the opportunity to interact with global companies and organisations at the world-renowned energy exhibition and conference.

Take part in an interactive STEM challenge hosted by Tech-Fest before spending time exploring the exhibition and meeting with energy sector staff and experts.



Lisa Innes

DYW Coordinator

Active Schools North Run 4 Fun 2022

Active Schools North Aberdeenshire are pleased to finally be able to announce the return of our annual cross Country series, Run4Fun 2022!

As with previous years we are always looking to improve the already successful events so this year will see a few changes;

- We are bringing back the S1-S6 races!

- There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd awards at EACH event of the series for the top 3 male and female finishers of the P4-S6 races

- Each set of medals will be handed out at a presentation at the end of each race

- All participants of 4 or more races will receive a participation medal at the final event of the series at Aden Park

- Continuing on the back of the successful 'Fun Run' aspect, P1-P3 pupils who complete 4 of the 6 events will receive a participation medal at the Aden Park race, but there will be no 1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes due to the non-competitive nature of the run

Please note that all entries need to be booked and paid for in advance online. The cost is £3 per race or £15 for the series! Click here for the booking link -> https://bit.ly/asabevents

You will also be required to fill out a consent form prior to the beginning of the series. A link to this will be found in your confirmation email.

Please remember to use your child’s Gladstone ID when signing up

Kind Regards,

Stacey Stephen
Active Schools Coordinator (Fraserburgh Network)
01467535358stacey.stephen@aberdeenshire.gov.ukRosehearty Primary School, Pitsligo St, AB43 7JL




Active Schools - Fraserburgh Academy Term 2 Programme

ASN Grampian Super League

The first event is the Snowsports (Ski / Tubing) Festival taking place on Friday 3rd December 2021. Please see links below for the two sessions available to sign up to:

Snowsports Festival (09: 30 - 11:30) - £3 per head Tickets, Fri 3 Dec 2021 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

Snowsports Festival (12:30 - 14:30) - £3 per head Tickets, Fri 3 Dec 2021 at 12:30 | Eventbrite

When booking spaces on Eventbrite, please select ‘Register as a Team Member’ and then ‘Create your Team’ if you are bringing multiple pupils along.

For any further information required – please contact Jamie Czop (Sports Officer – Disability and Inclusion)


Nescol February 2022 Courses & Forthcoming Open Day


Last Friday our S3 GIE cohort took part in a Mock COP26 all morning at NESCol. They were divided into groups, 3 groups of Climate witnesses specialising in Energy, Food & Farming and Transport and the final group of World Leaders. The climate witness had to present their pleas to the World Leaders who had to provide an action plan to tackle climate change that had to be agreed by all!   They all worked fantastic, and for their efforts they will all be awarded with a CREST Award - Discovery Level.

CREST Award – the only national awards to recognise achievement in STEM subjects

Click on the link  for more details:- https://www.crestawards.org/

Lisa Innes

DYW Coordinator



Following on from our very successful Careers Fair in Sept 2019, Fraserburgh Academy in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) are arranging a face to face Careers Fair on Thursday 10th March 2022, 9.00am – 4.30pm.


Would you like to be part of Developing the Young Workforce and to give our learners an overview of Future Jobs and how your organisation has changed over the last 2 years?


If this is something that you could support, please do not hesitate to get in touch on the following email address:-  l.innes@aberdeenshire.gov.uk


Lisa Innes

DYW Coordinator

Apple iOS 15.1 Bug

We have learned in the last 48 hours that Apple have introduced a bug into their newest software version, iOS 15.1, which causes the video meetings in Parents Booking not to connect.

We had no advance notice about this bug, and have only learned about it through use by parents and teachers over the last two days.

At present we're being told that Apple will have fixed this bug in their next software release, which will be iOS 15.2. However, it seems it may be a few weeks before this software update is released.

As such, in the meantime, please ask all teachers to check that any Apple devices (iPads/iPhones) they intend to use for video meetings in Parents Bookings are not updated to iOS 15.1.

Older iOS versions, including 15.0, 15.01, 15.02 and anything older (e.g. iOS 12, 13 or 14) will work as expected. The issue is only with devices updated to iOS 15.1, which was released 15 days ago.

If you are unsure how to check your Apple version, go to the 'Settings' app and then 'General' > 'Software Update' to be shown your current version.

We have added a message to parent and teacher's web pages, so that when arrive for your video meetings you're told about this issue and to use a device that is not updated to iOS 15.1.

We hope this doesn't cause too much inconvenience, although we are of course concerned it will some colleagues and parents.

PEBS Management

Minor Injury Units Information

Please see the attached leaflet we have been asked to share by the NHS.

MIU Leaflet


Education & Children's Services Climate Change & Sustainability Ambitions and Our Future Strategy

As part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Routemap to 2030 the ECS Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy has been developed with the help of pupils and staff across Education and Children’s Services.


progress of Education and Children’s Services Sustainability Strategy can be tracked on Engagement HQ: https://engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/admin/projects/ecs-climate-change-and-sustainability

Click on the links contained in the ThingLink page to find out about:
• Proposals for strategies around waste, energy and green spaces
• Our ambitions to be achieved by 2025
• How our strategy links to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Ready Scotland – Second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme and Scotland’s Performance Framework National Outcomes
• A link to our Engagement Hub where we will be developing a space for sharing ideas, information, gathering views through surveys and engagement around sustainability and climate change issues
Aberdeenshire Council now considers the impact on sustainability as part of all decision-making. We record the carbon footprint of all council sites, including schools, and continue to look for ways to reduce this carbon footprint. We are keen to encourage all children and young people to add their ideas to the Ideas Wall in the pupil area to help progress our ECS Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy.
Laurence Findlay
Director of Education and Children’s Services
Aberdeenshire Council


Parents Covid Letter November 2021

Please find attached a Letter from Laurence Findlay, Director of Education & Children's Services regarding Covid dated 1st November 2021.  The letter is available in English as well as other languages.

Parents.Carers.Covid19.Letter 211101 ENGLISH

Parents.Carers.Covid19.Letter 211101_ARABIC

Parents.Carers.Covid19.Letter 211101_LATVIAN

Parents.Carers.Covid19.Letter 211101_LITHUANIAN

Parents.Carers.Covid19.Letter 211101_POLISH

Parents.Carers.Covid19.Letter 211101_ROMANIAN

Parents.Carers.Covid19.Letter 211101_RUSSIAN


House Points Update

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Scottish Youth Parliament Elections 2021

Voting for the Scottish Youth Parliament is open and will remain so until 21st November.  Please find attached information regarding it.



SQA Assessment Message for parents/carers

Further to positive feedback from schools, colleges and training providers, SQA have written a message for parents and carers to help clarify the approach to awarding in 2021-22. Please click on the undernoted link to view it.

SQA Message


Updated S2 Assessment Dates Letter 2021-2022

Please find attached a letter regarding a change of dates for the S2 assessments.

Fraserburgh Academy S2 Assessments 2021-22


Assessment Dates 2021-2022

Please see letter detailing assessment dates for all learners at Fraserburgh Academy for session 2021/2022.

Fraserburgh Academy Assessments 2021-22


SP Assessments and SQA Planning

Please find attached letter regarding current plans for S4, S5 and S6 school assessments and SQA planning.

SP Assessments & Planning Letter September 2021


Please see attached Assembly delivered on 23rd September 2021 to all S4, S5 and S6 regarding school assessments and SQA planning.  This Assembly will also be displayed on school display screens until the end of term.



Active Schools Cluster Clubs - Term 2

Please find below information on Term 2 Active Schools Activities.


NESCol Update

NESCol are looking forward to welcoming our young people back on campus this week for various school links courses.

Please see attached School Links NESCol Times 2021 – Your “Exclusive Guide to North East Scotland College”

School Links Nescol Times 2021


Senior Executives for Session 2021/2022

We are delighted to introduce our Senior Executives for session 2021/22:

School Captain Iona Strachan, and Vice School Captains Emma Buchan & Josh Strachan.  We wish them well in their new roles.



School Newsletter 27th August 2021

Please find attached latest School Newsletter as at 27th August 2021.

school newsletter 27.08.2021


Home Economics Refurbishment

While our pupils were off enjoying the School Summer Holidays our Home Economics Department was given a full new refurbishment.  Our pupils can now enjoy the light, airy modern surroundings with newly fitted kitchen appliances and apparatus in all the Home Economics rooms.  It is clear to see from some of the photos taken this week that our pupils are enjoying their new cooking environment.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) - Aberdeenshire Council

The application for next session 2021/2022 for EMA is now live via the undernoted link:-

UNICEF Bronze Award

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the Unicef Bronze Award: Rights Committed.


Free School Meals/Clothing Grant

A free school meal is a school lunch provided free of charge to children from families on a low income.
Children are eligible for free school meals if their parents (or carers) are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
If you qualify for free school meals you will automatically be awarded a school clothing grant.
Please see the under noted link to check for eligibility & apply.

Free School Meals

Please find attached letters in various languages regarding Free School Meals.

October 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments_ENGLISH

October 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments_ARABIC

October 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments_LATVIAN

October 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments_LITHUANIAN

October 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments_POLISH

October 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments_ROMANIAN

October 2021 Parent-Carers FSM Bridging Payments_RUSSIAN



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Risk Assessment

Please find below the latest version of our Risk Assessment as at 9th November 2021.

ECS Covid_19 Risk Assessment Fraserburgh Academy v20 09.11.21




If you are staying in the UK after the 30th June, you must apply for Settled or Pre-Settled Status:

  • To remain legally in the UK.
  • To be able to rent a property and access benefits in the UK
  • To secure employment in the UK
  • To access education and health services in the UK


  • Children who are not UK citizens must be registered as well, even if they were born in the UK.
  • You do not need a National Insurance number to complete your application
  • After 30th June 2021, you may be required to prove that you have at least submitted your application

If you need free of cost help to submit your application for settled or pre-settled status, have questions about your individual circumstances or need additional support to find out about whether the Scheme applies to you, or anyone in your family, please get in touch with GREC:


EU Settlement Scheme – Grampian Regional Equality Council (grec.co.uk)


Attached are a sample of posters in English and Polish but many more languages are available in the link above.

EUSS Poster-Polish EUSS Poster-English

EUSS Poster-Polish


Sent on behalf of GREC



Young Scot Comms Toolkit

The NHS have worked with Young Scot to develop the under-noted communications toolkit to help promote understanding and awareness of mitigations in schools, including the testing programme.

Coronavirus Young People's Campaign 220421


Parentsportal information

Please see under-noted link for info. on updating your contact details via parentsportal.

ParentsportalUpdateAccountDetailsPostHolidayMessage 26.04.2021


Lateral Flow Device testing live Q&A with Jason Leitch

Prof Jason Leitch held and broadcasted two live Q&A sessions with S1-3 and S4-6 pupils recently, in partnership with Young Scot and e-Sgoil as attached below:

Digital learning from Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar | e-Sgoil (e-sgoil.com)



Lateral flow testing info.

Please find under-noted the lateral flow testing consent form & information.  All S1-6 pupils are now invited to take part in the voluntary programme.

Completed consent forms should be returned to: Fraserburgh.aca@aberdeenshire.gov.uk – as soon as possible.

Testing kits cannot be issued without a completed consent form sent to this address.


Consent Form 11.02.2021 NHS Intro to Rapid Self-Testing for COVID-19

Privacy Notice - Covid Testing updated 16.02.2021

Privacy Notice 01.04.2021

NHS Intro to Rapid Self-Testing for COVID-19

NHS - How to Do a Rapid COVID-19 Self-Test



S.H.A.P.E. Initiative

Great news! Our school along with 8 others in the whole of the UK have been selected to Pilot the S.H.A.P.E initiative, please see details below. Massive thanks to Miss Carey and Mr Macmillan for submitting an outstanding application and resulting in a fantahttps://fraserburgh.aberdeenshire.sch.uk/wp-admin/profile.phpstic growth opportunity for all our learners in the land of Humanities!!!

SHAPE is a new collective name for Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.

There are three core objectives for the SHAPE initiative:

  1. Increase the visibility of SHAPE subjects.
  2. Demonstrate the global relevance of SHAPE subjects.
  3. Enable people to consider themselves as students of SHAPE.

The SHAPE schools programme, which is being supported by the London School of Economics, aims to meet the SHAPE objectives by partnering with schools across the UK. The schools programme will run in the summer term 2021 to pilot a model of training teachers as ambassadors of SHAPE subjects and facilitators of SHAPE learning materials. In recognition of their time commitment each school will be offered a £300 bursary.

Click here to learn more about the schools programme and to fill out an application.

Visit the website and read this article to learn more about SHAPE.


New video for learners- Studying for SQA Qualifications Using SCHOLAR

We are delighted to announce the release of our latest support video for learners. This new resource, “Studying for SQA Qualifications Using SCHOLAR”, has been created to show learners how to use SCHOLAR in their studies as they work towards a National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher qualification. The video is suitable for learners with no prior experience of SCHOLAR, but may also be of benefit to students with summative assessments or exams approaching who may wish to use the interactive course materials and automatically marked, end of topic and end of unit assessments for consolidation and revision.

We would be delighted if you wished to post a link to our video on your school website, or include it in any study support or revision resources issued to learners.

Our new video is available at http://bit.ly/StudyWithSCHOLAR

Best wishes,



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Fraserburgh Academy
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AB43 9NA

Telephone: 01346 417400

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