Overview

Our Staff

Meet the Principal 

Nicole O’Brien was part of the foundation staff that opened the College in 2015. Nicole is a passionate educator with global experience in Education including both interstate and overseas appointments throughout her career.

Nicole lives in the Macedon Ranges with her husband Matt and their little boy Dustin. They all share a love of animals and their pets include dogs, cats and lots of chooks!

Nicole has a Bachelor of Education (University of South Australia), Specialist Certificate in Clinical Teaching (Melbourne University) and has recently completed the Unlocking Potential – Principal Preparation Program at the Bastow Institute for Educational Leadership. In 2018 and 2019, Nicole was a facilitator for INSPIRE, where she provided high potential leaders with the foundational capabilities required for school leadership. She used her experience to support and empower emerging leaders from schools in the Wyndham Network to learn collaboratively, develop leadership capabilities targeted to their career stage and to understand the skills and dispositions required to succeed as a teacher leader.

Nicole’s focus on excellence in teaching and learning is always evident by her love of student learning data, using the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes to inform all we do and ensuring all teaching and learning links directly to the High Impact Teaching Strategies and our Truganina College Instructional Framework. Nicole’s drive for a differentiated curriculum continues to contribute to the high expectations, achievement and success of the students and staff at Truganina College.

Nicole O'Brien

Principal

Meet the Deputy Principal – Year 6 and Year 7  – Teaching and Learning Excellence: Middle Years Numeracy

Sadia Toqeer joined Truganina College in Term 1 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science (Biology), a Diploma in Education (Primary), a Master of Education and has also completed the CREATE program at Bastow.

She has taught across a range of educational settings in Melbourne and overseas with a focus on curriculum development and implementation.

Sadia is passionate about building strong educational partnerships between staff, students, families and the broader community to ensure outstanding growth is achieved for every child at the College.

Sadia Toqeer

Deputy Principal - Year 6 and Year 7 - Teaching And Learning Excellence: Middle Years Numeracy

Meet the Foundation Assistant Principal – Teaching And Learning Excellence

Rhiannon Porter joined Truganina P-9 College in Term 1, 2022.  She has a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) and a Master of Instructional Leadership through the University of Melbourne, completed in 2020.

Rhiannon has experience across a number of educational settings, including P-6, P-9 and P-12, predominately in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne.

She is an instructional leader and is passionate about leading school improvement in the key areas of literacy, assessment and reporting.

Prior to her years in education, Rhiannon worked across a number of fields including corporate real estate, hospitality and local government.

Rhiannon lives in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne with her husband, two teenage children and three cats – Oreo, Kelby and Buttercup.

Rhiannon will be leading the College to ensure evidence-based literacy instruction occurs in every classroom, allowing all students the greatest opportunities for success.

Rhiannon Porter

Foundation Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning Excellence

Meet the Year 1 and Year 2 Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning Excellence: Early Years Numeracy

Christina Arnold joined Truganina P-9 College in Term 2, 2021. Christina previously worked at Manor Lakes P-12 College for 5 years. During this time, she worked as a Primary classroom teacher, Learning Specialist and Acting Assistant Principal for Wellbeing. Christina has also worked at Concord School in the Northern suburbs for 6 years as a classroom teacher. She has completed a Bachelor of Education at RMIT University and a Masters in Special Education with Deakin University.

Christina lives on the Bellarine Peninsula with her son, their dog and two cats. Christina enjoys spending time at the beach with her dog, yoga and meditation.

Christina is passionate about ensuring that students are the centre of every decision that she makes.

Christina Arnold

Year 1 and Year 2 Assistant Principal – Teaching And Learning Excellence: Early Years Numeracy

Meet the Year 3 and Year 4 Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning Excellence: Adult Learning

Leanne McNaughton came to Truganina College at the beginning of 2016 as a Visual Art Specialist. Leanne has worked at various schools in Gippsland, Geelong, Hobart and around the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, where she has taught every year level from Kinder to Year 7.

Leanne lives in Geelong with her husband and they have two children of whom they are extremely proud.

Leanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a major in Psychology and Commerce. She has successfully completed the Inspire program at Bastow and worked as an ‘Education Changemaker’ as part of the Intercultural Capabilities Project.

Leanne is a ‘people person’ who genuinely cares about all students, staff and the wider community of Truganina College. She wants to make a difference in the lives of young people and focuses on supporting students’ social and emotional wellbeing. Leanne is passionate about making education engaging and motivating for students so they can achieve academic success.

Leanne McNaughton

Year 3 and Year 4 Assistant Principal – Teaching And Learning Excellence: Adult Learning

Meet the Year 5 Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning Excellence: Excellence and Equity

Sharon Hunt joined Truganina P-9 College in Term 3, 2021. Sharon has been an educator for over 20 years and has worked across three states educating both Primary and Secondary students. She has worked in leadership roles at both Williamstown North Primary School and Parkwood Green Primary School. As a curriculum leader she has a passion in Literacy, specifically in the area of Enrichment. Sharon is trained in IMSLE which is a recognised practice for students with Dyslexia. She is a registered practitioner with the Australian Dyslexia Association.

Sharon lives in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne with her husband and three boys. They spend their summer months involved with their local Life Saving Club.

As an educator and a school leader, Sharon values the importance of creating strong and sustained partnerships with families and the wider community to develop a positive and strong learning environment for all stakeholders.

Sharon Hunt

Year 5 Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning Excellence: Excellence and Equity

Meet the Year 8 Acting Assistant Principal – Teaching And Learning Excellence: Engagement

Brad Robertson joined Truganina College in 2017 as a Year One classroom Teacher. Brad has led teams across the College in Year One, Six and Seven and has been a Learning Specialist with a focus on Student Engagement and Agency since 2019.

Brad is now the Acting Assistant Principal; Teaching and Learning Excellence. Brad Graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Teaching (Primary). Brad has also completed a Bachelor of Social Science with a double major in Justice Studies and National Security at the University of Canberra.

Brad has also completed the INSPIRE program at Bastow.

He lives in the northern suburbs with his partner and their pet labradoodle Roger. Brad is passionate about developing strong relationships with students and teachers to ensure all have the opportunity to learn, grow and succeed.

Brad Robertson

Year 8 Acting Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning Excellence: Engagement

Meet the Year 9 Assistant Principal – Teaching And Learning Excellence

Lucy Francis joined Truganina P-9 College in Term 4 2021.

Lucy has been an educator for 19 years. While she began her career at Frankston High School, she has worked predominantly in international schools in the Middle East, Hong Kong and India leading the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (Grade 6-10); a concept based inquiry driven curriculum with a focus on authentic contexts.

Immediately prior to joining Truganina P-9 College, Lucy worked as a Clinical Teaching Specialist at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne in addition to working as an Educational Consultant supporting schools with professional learning in the area of assessment for teaching.

Lucy lives in the city and is enjoying reconnecting with her family, friends and past colleagues.

Lucy is passionate about empowering and challenging middle school students to prepare them for success at both senior secondary school and beyond.

Lucy Francis

Year 9 Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning Excellence

Professional Learning Community 0.1 – Foundation

Jane Ryan
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Ivanka Fiamengo
Classroom Teacher

Sarah Haslam
Classroom Teacher

Chloe Borg
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 0.2 – Foundation

Ivanka Fiamengo
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Amy Caruana-Smith
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 0.3 – Foundation

Nimmi Mendis
 Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Hazel Akbulut
Classroom Teacher

Talitha Gooding
Classroom Teacher

Emma Pei
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 0.4 – Foundation

Chloe Chan
 Team Leader and Stepping Stones Teacher

Jennicar Bravo
Classroom Teacher

Nicole Hambling
Classroom Teacher

Letisha Hirniak
Art Teacher

Professional Learning Community 1.1 – Year 1

Brooke Toull
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Kinjal Kaneria
Classroom Teacher

Palika Kalra
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 1.2 – Year 1

Rachelle Gould
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Mandeep Kaur
Classroom Teacher

Zoya Hussain
Classroom Teacher

Kathryn Anderson
Art Teacher

Professional Learning Community 1.3 – Year 1

Danielle Larkin
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Vicki Stanley
Classroom Teacher

Shamama Hussain
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 1.4 – Year 1

Sarah Berry
Team Leader and STEM Teacher

Dilani Bombuwelage Don
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 2.1 – Year 2

Kirby Meade
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Garima Sharma
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 2.2 – Year 2

Kellee Unmack
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Harjot Kaur
Classroom Teacher

Gregory Lee
Classroom Teacher

Angela Rossitto
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 2.3 – Year 2

Joshua Fairy
Classroom Teacher

Tara Rankin
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 2.4 – Year 2

Kym Pianura
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Tugba Koyu
Classroom Teacher

Inderpreet Kaur
Classroom Teacher

Tamanna Juli
STEM Teacher

 

Professional Learning Community 2.5 – Year 2

Tiffany Zlatkovic
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Renee Avery
Classroom Teacher

 

Professional Learning Community 3.1 – Year 3

Erin Taylor
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Letitia Wang
Classroom Teacher

Gunjan Kalra
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 3.2 – Year 3

Sumeet Kaur
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Hannah Tooze
Classroom Teacher

Melanie Park
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 3.3 – Year 3

Punsala Crofton
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Livia Yang
Classroom Teacher

Lachlan Petuccelli
Physical Education Teacher

Professional Learning Community 3.4 – Year 3

Christian Foster
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Jaimie Vernon
Classroom Teacher

Gurpreet Batth
STEM Teacher

Professional Learning Community 3.5 – Year 3

James Damjanovski
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Stephanie Baldasso
Classroom Teacher

Hayley Anderson
Art Teacher

Professional Learning Community 4.1 – Year 4

Linda Keeling
Classroom Teacher

Marina Hohua
Classroom Teacher

Taylor Rhodes
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 4.2 – Year 4

Andrew Pateras
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Elaine Loizides
Classroom Teacher

Rajwinder Masson
Classroom Teacher

Damien Fatini
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 4.3 – Year 4

Leisa Blanche
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Kimberley Phan
Classroom Teacher

Rachel Hall
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 4.4 – Year 4

Maree Musarra
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Tolga Kanbur
Classroom Teacher

Elizabeth Blias
Classroom Teacher

Phillip Lloyd
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 5.1 – Year 5

Ann Le
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Amy Ditchburn
Classroom Teacher

Jake Farrow
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 5.2 – Year 5

Rini Roy
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Carli Neave
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 5.3 – Year 5

Stephanie Li
Classroom Teacher

Nathan Henderson
Classroom Teacher

Ayda Haouchar
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 5.4 – Year 5

Rose Hashim
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Roma Gill
Classroom Teacher

Rebecca De Falco
Classroom Teacher

Professional Learning Community 6.1 – Year 6

Kristine Farrugia
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Pawani Kohli
Classroom Teacher

Mugdha Nagpal
Classroom Teacher

Sukhbir Kaur
STEM Teacher

Professional Learning Community 6.2 – Year 6

Kirstin Molloy
Team Leader and Classroom Teacher

Shweta Anand
Classroom Teacher

Ivor Dyall
Classroom Teacher

 

Professional Learning Community 6.3 – Year 6

Beverly Nguyen
Classroom Teacher

Calvin Tran
Classroom Teacher

Cameron Shanks
P.E. Teacher

Professional Learning Community 7 – Year 7

Tania Fota
Year 7 Co-Ordinator and Year 7 Teacher

Prafulla Erra
Year 7 Co-Ordinator and Year 7 Teacher

Lauren Gibson
Year 7 Teacher

Leela Fernandez
Year 7 Teacher

John Whitehouse
Year 7 Teacher

Dayna Williams
Year 7 Teacher

Jennifer Tanner
Year 7 Teacher

Molly Ellery
Year 7 Teacher

Brett Shiel
Year 7 Teacher

Tam Tran
Year 7 Teacher

Lauren Matino
Year 7 Teacher

Molly Dixon
Year 7 Teacher

Marie Pintarich
Year 7 Teacher

Chelsea Nolan
Year 7 Teacher

Akash Samuel
Year 7 Teacher

Elisabeth Craig
Year 7 Teacher

Courtney Hodgson
Year 7 Teacher

Gabrielle Condello
Year 7 Teacher

Grace Thomas
Year 7 Teacher

Jessie Patterson
Year 7 Teacher

Jennifer Tanner
Year 7 Teacher

Meaghan Spiteri
Year 7 Teacher

Tess Abbott
Year 7 Teacher

 

Professional Learning Community 8 – Year 8

Kelsey Lucas
Year 8 Co-Ordinator  and Year 8 Teacher

Joanna Gee
Year 8 Co-Ordinator  and Year 8 Teacher

Daniel Suarez
Year 8 Teacher

Will Cooper
Year 8 Teacher

Jasen Couttiguane
Year 8 Teacher

Jackie Cusack
Year 8 Teacher

Calypso Owens
Year 8 Teacher

Darcy Lauder
Year 8 Teacher

Keziah Gutierrez
Year 8 Teacher

Krutika Roy
Year 8 Teacher

Alicia Pettinella
Year 8 Teacher

Adviti Bhardwaj
Year 8 Teacher

Sabrina Baker
Year 8 Teacher

Matthew Owens-Gale
Year 8 Teacher

 Sarah Newman
Year 8 Teacher

Valay Raman
Year 8 Teacher

Xavier O’Halloran
Year 8 Teacher

 

Professional Learning Community 9 – Year 9

Kellie Hindmarch
Year 9 Co-Ordinator and Year 9 Teacher

Ashley Pike
Year 9 Co-Ordinator and Year 9 Teacher

Kevin Ngo
Year 9 Teacher

Kasthurie Simon
Year 9 Teacher

Richard Doig
Year 9 Teacher

Naseem Sayeda
Year 9 Teacher

Swagata Rudra
Year 9 Teacher

Tamanna Juli
Year 9 Teacher

Tess Abbott
Year 9 Teacher

Chelsea Nolan
Year 9 Teacher

Nellie Gunathilake
Year 9 Teacher

Shyam Duber
Year 9 Teacher

Stephen Ireland
Year 9 Teacher

 

 

 

Subject Teaching and Learning Team

Tania Fota
Spanish Teacher

Julian Scheffer
Technology Literacy Teacher

Chelsea Nolan
Music Teacher

 

Jacqui Pernar
Art Teacher, Food Tech and Technology Literacy

Nga Huynh
Art and Technology Literacy Teacher

Elisabeth Smith
Art Teacher

Kasthurie Simon
Food Tech and Technology Literacy Teacher

Kelsey Lucas
HAPE Teacher

Nick James
HAPE Teacher

Ryan Williams
HAPE Teacher

Ashley Pike 
HAPE and Technology Literacy Teacher

Kevin Ngo
HAPE and Sciene Teacher

Lachlan Tipping
Spanish Teacher

Elisabeth Craig
Technology Literacy Teacher

Liam Carter
HAPE and Technology Literacy Teacher

Marie Pintarich
Technology Literacy Teacher

Daniel Suarez
HAPE and Technology Literacy Teacher

Daniel Connell
Technology Literacy Teacher

Keziah Gutierrez
Technology Literacy Teacher

Xavier O’Halloran
Technology Literacy Teacher

Bradley Robertson
Technology Literacy Teacher

Akash Samuel
Technology Literacy Teacher

Hayley Rivers
Art Teacher

John Pujol
Technology Literacy Teacher

Dayna Williams
Art Teacher

Connie Vakaloudis
Technology Literacy Teacher

Shyam Duber
Technology Literacy Teacher

Alicia Pettinella
HAPE Teacher

Joanna Gee
Spanish Teacher

Valay Raman
STEM Teacher

Sesilia Palu
Technology Literacy Teacher

Richard Doig
Technology Literacy Teacher

Jackie Cusack
HAPE Teacher

Courtney Hodgson
Technology Literacy Teacher

William Cooper
Technology Literacy Teacher

Andrew Maki
Technology Literacy Teacher

Kellie Hindmarch
Technology Literacy Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soundgarage Music School

Patrick O’Brien
Manager of Soundgarage Music School

 

Education Support

Anjali Dhaka

Daljit Kaur

Colleen Scott

Vitina Scremin

Tammy Todd

Rebecca Coggan

Anita Srinivasan

Sue Vithanage

Rashmi Pal

Kelly Carter

Keerthi Bhimavarapu

Gunjan Mahajan

Ami Bhaiyaji

Meg Fisher

Kirsten Mellios

Donna Curtis

Harshala Gupta

 

Enrichment Team

Amita Mittal

Rashmi Pal

Anjali Dhaka

Mathew Byrnes

Tina Kountouri

Feride Kulafi

Marianna Kountouri

Gunjan Mahajan

Nicole Puttyfoot

Student Success

Gabrielle Condello

Ann Le

Courtney Hodgson

Pedagogy Coaches

Leanne McNaughton
Pedagogy Coach

Kristine Farrugia
Pedagogy Coach

Rosnah Hashim
Pedagogy Coach

Jessie Patterson
Pedagogy Coach

Data Manager

Courtney Hodgson

Ann Lee

Data Analyst
Cassidy Marsh

Librarians

Jane Burrows
Library Manager

Roisin Danaher
Library Manager

Mamta Srivastava
Library Technician

Administration Team

Helen Salmond
Business Manager

Alyssa Tobin
Finance Manager

Kerry Kun
Executive Manager
Daily Organiser

Lisa Rouvray
Enrolments Manager & PSDMS Administrator

Kate Sutcliffe
Administration

Sharon Minett
Administration

Ann Williams
Reception

Emily Clarke
Administration

Suzanne Romero
Administration

Ashley Manwa
Middle Years Administration

Jessica Radford
Middle Years Administration

Sibel Kacmazer
First Aid Officer

Sarah Knight
First Aid Officer

Mark Sewart
Facilities Manager

Fred Salmond
Facilities Officer

Paul Rathjen
Facilities Officer

Tom Saksek
Groundsperson

Reports, Reviews & Plans

Please follow the link to the Department’s Parent’s Complaints for further information

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/Principals/spag/community/Pages/parentcomplaints.aspx

 

 

School Council

 

School Councils play a key role in Victorian government schools. The School Council supports the Principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for students.

The role of School Council as outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 is one of helping to set the long term future for the school and maintaining oversight of the school’s operation. The Principal is responsible for the leadership of the school and acts as the Executive Officer of Council.

School Council responsibilities can include

  • Contributing to the development of the Strategic Plan.
  • Approving the annual budget.
  • Working with the school to develop, review and update policies.
  • Representing the views of the school community.
  • Arranging for items needed for the running of the school.
  • Raising funds to support school initiatives & programs.
  • Making sure the school grounds and buildings are maintained.
  • Creating positive interest in the school within the community.

2022 School Council 

Our school constituting orders as endorsed by the Minister for Education; Mr James Merlino, state that our Council shall consist of six members comprising of the Principal, one department employee, three parents and one community member.

The role of School Council as outlined in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 is one of helping to set the long term future for the school and
maintaining an overview of the school’s operation. The Principal is responsible for the management of the school and acts as the Executive Officer of Council.

Any questions can be directed to School Council Secretary; Helen Salmond via the school office on 9368 9800.

2022 School Council Members are:

President:  Dhara Parekh
Vice President: Shashank Jain
Treasurer:  Dhara Patel
Principal: Nicole O’Brien
DET Representative: Sadia Toqeer
Community Member: Adrian Gonnella                
Student Representative: Ashton Lim
Student Representative: Anahat Marwaha

 

2021 School Council 

In 2021 our School Council consisted of Parent, Community and Department of Education (DET) members including; School Council
President; Jagruti Dave, Treasurer; Dhara Parekh, Parents; Member – Gee Bilal and Sahar Amjad, DET Representative; Vanitha Sujith, and Acting Principal; Christopher Pugh. I would like to extend a sincere thank you for their outstanding governance and support of our wonderful school.

 

School Council Reports

 Payments

2022 Explanation of Charges Foundation to Year 6

Voluntary donation requests for the College’s Building Fund and Library Fund can be paid via Compass.

Camps and Excursions: when in addition to the standard curriculum program are self-funded and must be met by parents, as the college is unable to recover this cost from other sources of funding.

For further information regarding Parent Payment Categories please click on the following link: Parent Payment Policy

Please also refer to Department of Education and Training website for further details

Methods of Payment & Statement of Accounts

Truganina College offers various ways to pay family accounts. Families can pay their child’s account via Compass, over the phone with credit card or at the General Office. All payments will be receipted into the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DET) approved accounting system in a timely manner. All processes will follow DET’s guidelines and procedures as they apply at that time.

Primary COMPASS Community Portal

Parents can pay for Events and some School Charges via Compass.

For events please ensure that you give approval online and pay by the due date as the system will lock you out after this date. You must contact the General Office to make a payment after the due date has passed. 

 

 

Financial Support Options

CSEF – Camps, Sports and Excursion Funding

Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary foster parents are eligible to apply. Each family receives $125.00 per year for eligible primary school students or $225 per year paid for eligible secondary school ​students. A special​​ consideration eligibility category also exists. 

 

 Payments are made directly to the school and are tied to the student.

Please note: If you applied in 2021 your application will carry over to 2022. You do not need to submit a new application unless your circumstances have changed.

Please submit applications to the Front Office. For any questions please email Clare Najdovski –  truganina.p9.co@education.vic.gov.au

Further information can be found on the following links:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health

Application Form

Refund Policy for Camps, Excursions & Incursions (on-site activities)

  • All Camps, Excursions and Incursions are fully self-funded.
  • On site activities and Incursions at the College will not be refunded in the case of absence or withdrawal.
  • One day excursions will not be refunded in the case of absence or withdrawal.
  • Camps – In the case of illness or withdrawal there maybe chance of a partial refund where a camp provider is willing to refund the camp cost for your child. A written statement from a parent is necessary with a bona fide excuse. A request of a supporting medical certificate will be required.
  • To discuss further please contact Clare Najdovski –  truganina.p9.co@education.vic.gov.au or phone the School on 9368 9800.

2022 Explanation of Charges Year 7 to 9

Year 7 To 9 Curriculum Contributions 2022

This year we will be using an online only ordering system for Year 7 to Year 9 stationery packs for 2022 with Paperchase Office National.  Your child’s stationery pack will be delivered free of charge to your home address if the order is placed by 18th December 2021.Online ordering is now open, please click on the link below, using the access code  BTSTC79

Truganina College makes every effort to keep the cost of curriculum contributions to a minimum.

Media

Below are links to media releases featuring Truganina College.

Education Week Feature – Scholarship Opportunities at Truganina College

Truganina P-9 College celebrates first 100 days

Truganina P-9 College preps experiment in science labs

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