Issue No 4

                                                                             Autumn 2005

 NEWSLETTER                                                             www.irespect.net
            for Gloucestershire schools

  Gloucestershire: A Land of Opportunity
Spare me headlines about “Britishness”,
“The Death of Multiculturalism”, “Citizenship
Exams!” & “Invasions”. What is the reality for
Gloucestershire, which is by and large
viewed as a prosperous, green and pleasant
land. What kind of community are we and
what kind of community do we want to be?

We pride ourselves on being welcoming,
though for some individuals and families this
is sadly not always the reality. Gloucester
and Cheltenham have long established
minority ethnic communities: people who
came from:

 India, Bangladesh, Kenya, the Ukraine, Poland, Hong Kong, Jamaica and other islands in the
Caribbean many years ago. Indeed members of all these communities now live in all areas of the
county. Gloucestershire is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural place.

Nothing stays the same for long in a modern economy. Gloucestershire is now welcoming new
families from abroad, not just into urban areas but into small communities from Lydney all the way
to Ampney Crucis and from Wotton-Under-Edge to Chipping Campden.
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       “The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed”
                                                                                 Jamaican saying

                                 work with new arrivals to the           about good practice, so please
                                 UK, interesting curriculum              have a browse around. The first
                                 topics involving other                  correct entry to me by email wins
                                 cultures,      celebrating              a £15.00 CD Token.
                                 festivals in assemblies,
                                 involving visitors from                 Send       your      answer       to
                                 minority ethnic communities             circle@gloucestershsire.gov.uk.
                                 or have good examples of                (In subject of email put 'newsletter
                                 race equality practice then             competition'). If you don’t win this
                                 we would welcome short                  time, then there’ll be another
                                 articles (150-250 words) so             chance with the next newsletter.
                                 we can all celebrate your
                                 practice. The first four                As in past issues, we have a
                                 paragraphs of this editorial            centre page A3 resource for
Welcome to the New               total 234 words, so that                teaching - in this issue we
Arrivals edition of the Race     gives you an idea.                      celebrate Christmas around the
Equality Newsletter. You’ll                                              world. Many new arrivals come
notice that the format is        This newsletter celebrates              from Roman Catholic or other
different from the previous      the arrival of children from            Christian denominations - & we
editions. We are not             abroad, who bring so much               have compiled a range of
following The Independent        richness to our schools.                resources for schools to celebrate
in becoming a tabloid, but       (See Lead Article P1 & 3),              Christmas Around the World as a
we do hope to make the           but we have other new                   multicultural event.
newsletter look livelier and     arrivals too. There’s Paul                                    Giles Diggle
make articles easier to find.    Elliott (Head Teacher,                                Race Equality Adviser
                                 Brockworth        Enterprise                               Head of CIRCLE
We want you to be able to        School). You can read an
browse quickly, but have         interview with him further in.               CONTACT DETAILS
sufficient depth in the          There’s Salma Piperdy
                                 (School Liaison Officer -               We welcome and anticipate your
articles to make you want to
                                 Muslim Issues), appointed               contributions to the Newsletter.
read them at your leisure.
It’s not that we think you       at the end of July. Salma will
                                 come into schools, free of              Please send your contributions to:
have a ten-minute attention
                                 charge, to talk to children             circle@ gloucestershire.gov.uk
span, but that we know you
                                 about Islam – contact her at            In ‘subject’ of email put: ‘FAO
might only have ten minutes
                                 CIRCLE (01452 427261).                  Editor’
(“That long!” I here you cry,
                                 And there’s also Amanda                 Please send text as MS.Word
or maybe at this stage of the
                                 Barns, who has taken on the             documents - preferably using
term you’re just crying!) to
                                 lead role, within the Ethnic            Arial font, 11 point, single spaced,
glance at the Newsletter
                                 Minority      Achievement               with minimal formatting.
during the lunch break – if
                                 Service,      for    Eastern            Please send any images as
you have one.
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                                                                         as jpeg files.
This newsletter needs to be
                                 You will not find a Giant               If you do not have digital images -
read. There are important
                                 Suduko in this issue, but               send photos to CIRCLE for
and useful things inside. It’s
                                 you will find an easy to                scanning. These will be returned
a tricky balance – we want
                                 answer competition. The                 to you asap. Send to:
to entertain but we don’t
                                 answer to the question can              Sheilagh Crowther, Editor: Race
want to trivialise an
                                 be found on our website                 Equality Newsletter, CIRCLE,
important subject. This is
                                 w w w . i r e s p e c t . n e t . The   Hucclecote Centre, Churchdown
also a newsletter we would
                                 website has been revamped               Lane, Hucclecote, Gloucester
like you to participate in.
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If you are doing interesting

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In September 2004 we were            China. The children of these          EMAS practitioners either in
receiving 4 new non-English          families attend local schools.        school or through the PDC at
speaking children into school                                              Hucclecote. Those schools
each month. In January 2005          The accelerated rate of new           that have never encountered
this rose to 15 per month. In        immigration is not just confined      an EAL pupil might want to
May it rose to 20.                   to Gloucestershire; it is             give consideration to what
In September this year we            replicated in many Shire              they would do should such a
have welcomed 70 children.           authorities across the country.       pupil arrive and prepare
“Asylum-seekers” you might be        Inevitably, mid-term admissions       school staff accordingly.
thinking. Far from it. In fact the   of pupils with English as an
number of children seeking           Additional Language (EAL) put         Pupils from abroad can enrich
asylum has dwindled to almost        pressure on schools. Whilst           the experience of other
zero. Our newly arrived families     schools have a duty to enrol          children in the school; they
have come to take up jobs in         newly arrived pupils with little or   certainly make the Global
our     thriving      economy.       no English, they cannot be            Dimension real. Pupils with
Sometimes it is for professional     expected to do this without           EAL are often highly
posts in the Health Service,         support, at least in the initial      motivated and desperate to
dentistry,         electronic        stages and particularly when          learn. Pupils with EAL are not
engineering; other families take     they have had no prior                to be feared. The thought may
lower paid jobs in food              experience of EAL pupils.             make us nervous, but help is
processing, the care industry,                                             at hand. Newly arrived pupils
public transport, cleaning etc.      The        Ethnic       Minority      need to feel safe, settled, and
As our economy grows or as           Achievement Service (EMAS) is         included.       With     those
the Gloucestershire population       here to help schools integrate        conditions in place, they tend
ages, so people come in from         children and young people with        to thrive. The number to call is
abroad to do essential work.         little or no English (and there is    (01452 427261) if you would
                                     also         guidance          on     like support.
So where do families come            www.irespect.net ). However, it
from? We have a growing              is incumbent upon schools to          Incidentally, while I have been
Portuguese community in the          develop the skills to support         writing this, I have had two
Dursley area. We have families       EAL learners, and many have           phone calls from schools
from the Czech Republic and          done so already. Increasingly,        about to welcome new arrivals
Slovakia in Gloucester. There        schools must take into account        from abroad.
are families from Poland in          in their planning how they will
Cheltenham and beyond.               support EAL learners and                               Giles Diggle
People come from the                 identify the training they need to             Race Equality Adviser
Philippines, Thailand and            do so. INSET is provided by                      & Head of CIRCLE

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 Theme: New Arrivals

            Severnbanks Primary, Lydney - A study in good practice

Head teacher, Tim Gisborne and his team at             a Turkish speaking businessman in the local
Severnbanks are to be complimented on their            community who interpreted for the parents in a
strategies to successfully include & integrate their   discussion about school routine, uniform etc.
first ever newly arrived pupil with English as         The meeting took place in the community as the
Addlitional Language (EAL needs).                      mother may have felt awkward in the school
In September Severn banks welcomed a Muslim            environment.
boy from Turkey into Year 4. The pupil is at at the    The child was taught survival language: to ask
Beginner stage of learning English.                    for drinks, to go to the toilet etc. The child was
                                                       given dual language signs to help him express
And how did they do it?                                his feelings.
The Head teacher, Tim Gisborne made a referral         Severnbanks School is very sensitive to the
to the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service             cultural and linguistic needs of this very isolated
(EMAS) and requested a visit from an EMAS              Muslim family.
teacher.                                               The TA contacted the community police officer
The school welcomed the EMAS teacher, made a           on behalf of the family after hearing that they
room available and set aside time in the school        had experienced some racial abuse in the
day for a meeting between the Head, EMAS               community.
teacher and parents following the assessment of        The school is purchasing appropriate resources
the pupil.                                             and importantly is celebrating the arrival of a
The staff adopted a positive and supportive            non-English speaking pupil and all that they
attitude.                                              bring with them to the other children in the
Prior to the arrival of the pupil, preparatory work    school.
was undertaken by Jackie Challenger, TA                The school continues to liaise with the Ethnic
responsible for pastoral issues. Jackie linked with    Minority Achievement Service.
                                                                                            Claire Brindley

     St. Peter’s High School and Sixth Form Centre - Joined up thinking!

Well done St. Peter’s High School. I think we          completed, typed and the recommendations
have a record! On a Wednesday in June, a               were in place.
young pupil arrived in this country from Poland.       The following Monday, Bartek started his
On the Thursday he was admitted to year 7 at           schooling and EAL support began. All initiated
the school. On Friday he was assessed in               and completed within 2 working days and within
English, provided with a school uniform and            two days of his arrival to this country.
shown around the school by 3 “buddies” in the          By working together as a team with the focus on
class he was to be joining.                            the best interests of the child, admissions can be
Their first words of welcome to him were “Dzien        fast, painless and rewarding. What a great start
dobry Bartek” (“Hello Bartek” in Polish), and they     to the principles of Every Child Matters and our
then took the smiling young man off to lunch. By       Children & Young Peoples Support Services.
the same afternoon the initial assessment was          Thank you !
                                                                                       Dee Russell-Thomas

 For advice on supporting New Arrivals contact CIRCLE: Tel: 01452 427261 email:
 circle@gloucestershire.gov.uk. Also, visit the irespect website, EMAS pages www.irespect.net
 For useful resources to support new arrivals, see the Review section at the back of this copy of the

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                                                          Theme: New Arrivals

“We Come from Poland”
                                               Celebrating Spring and ‘Drowning Marzanna’
                                                             ‘Topienie Marzanny’
                                        In Poland, everybody celebrates the start of Spring. It is a
                                        good time when you can say good-bye to the cold
                                        weather and look forward to the new flowers and the start
                                        of good weather.
                                        Traditionally, the pupils in the primary schools dress up as
                                        flowers. They make hats out of coloured paper and card.
                                        These are to represent the different flowers in Poland.
                                        They also make massive dolls out of wool, paper and the
                                        head is made from a ball. The colours are mostly dark
                                        colours because this doll represents winter. They then all
                                        go along to the river and throw the doll into the water.
                                        They watch it go down to the bottom and this shows that
                                        winter is now dead and gone. This has been done for
                                        years and years. Everyone is happy and the children
                                        really enjoy doing it. It takes about two months to make
                                        one of these dolls because they are as big as a real
                                        person. Each class makes one doll and they go off
                                        together to throw it away. Each school does this at a
                                        different time but it starts from March 21st which is officially
                                        the first day of Spring and will be finished by about early
                                        April. The children usually stop doing this when they go to
                                        secondary school.
                                                Sandra Galuszcka Y9 Brockworth Enterprise School

Newly arrived Polish pupils at Tredworth Junior School made books about themselves and their
country, and along with puplis from Pakistan, gave Powerpoint presentations to their class. Pupils
learnt some simple phrases, and how to count to ten in both Polish and Urdu. The presentations
generated lots of questions and discussion among the class.

                                              Easter in Poland: Smingus Dingus
                               At Easter we have Smingus Dingus. I like that because all the
                               children go out to the fields, if it is raining or not. They throw
                               buckets of water over each other and anybody who is passing. I
                               also like going to church and take chocolate hares, eggs, bread
                               and salt in a basket to be blessed. We paint the eggs.
                                                                                  Izabela Handzlik
                                                                       Y6 Tredworth Junior School

                               My friends and I took bottles of water, water pistols and buckets
                               full of water. Then we soaked everybody who was there. Then we
                               went home to change because we were soaking wet because we
                               had water thrown at us too. We also threw balloons filled with
                               water .
                                                                                      Rafal Handzlik
                                                                        Y6 Tredworth Junior School

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EAL FEST June 2005

                        Gloucestershire Ethnic Minority Achievement Service organised an event
                        which took place at Pittville School, Cheltenham designed to bring
                        together isolated learners of English and to celebrate the diversity of
                        cultures within Gloucestershire schools.
                        The event took place on a Sunday afternoon and attracted a large crowd
                        of people including many families who went along to watch their children
                        and others take part in an Asian fashion show, Indian and Chinese
                        dancing and singing. In the audience were pupils and families from India,
                        Pakistan, Bangladesh, Eastern Europe, Africa, China and elsewhere.
                        Other attractions which proved very popular were a huge bouncy castle
                        and slide, parachute games, football, mehendi hand painting, Indian
                        dressing up clothes, face painting, badge making, and a Fire Engine from
                        Gloucestershire Fire Service, where children could investigate, and
                        parents find out more about fire safety through leaflets provided in
                        community languages.
                        Awards were presented to people who had in some way contributed to
                        the progress made by the pupils learning English – teachers, teaching
                        assistants and students from some local public schools.
                        The families and children enjoyed the day immensely and were pleased
                        to share their different cultures for others to appreciate.
                                                                                     Dorry Evans

                   Pittville Students present a colourful Fashion Show

         Indian Dance                 Indian Songs                   St John’s Choir

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                                                 Indoor Activities ...

                                              Children tried out Dressing Up, Face Painting and
                                                           Mehendi hand painting.

                      And Outdoor Activities ...

The Fire Engine was a popular attraction with children - and their parents too, who were given
                    safety information leaflets in community languages.

  Having fun on a giant bouncy castle and slide ... And ending the day with parachute games!

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   School Reports

       New Year - New Cultural Experience for Swell
On a beautiful Wednesday, Swell C of E Primary
School arrived in Cheltenham for a fun packed
oriental experience. The day was organised in two
halves by the Everyman Theatre and Cheltenham
Museum. Whilst the Infants headed in the direction
of the museum, we the juniors entered the theatre.

At the theatre we toured the building from the
auditorium to back stage, performed the Chinese
New Year Animal Story and learnt how to use
circus equipment, including flower sticks and uni-

 With a couple of Chinese Dragons over our heads
we roared through the streets to swap over with the

In the museum we looked at artefacts, put on
Chinese clothes, painted Chinese words and learnt
how to paper cut.

It was a fantastic day. Ellie Collett described the
experience as “one of my favourite school trips

           Multicultural Week at Chipping Campden
The children at St. James’ and Ebrington School,
Chipping Campden, celebrated their Geography and
Numeracy Week in the Summer Term, 2005. Each
class chose a different country to base their week’s
work around. The choice of countries was wide
ranging and included: Japan, Mexico, India, Sri
Lanka and Italy. The school has children from both
Sri Lanka and Italy, and the week included these
children talking to classes about their cultures. One
class had a vist from Kali Rama, a member of the
EMAS team, who showed them how to dress in a
sari, and taught some Indian dances. Other classes
cooked food including Italian pizza and Japanese
sushi. On the Friday, the children dressed up in their
respective costumes. Both children and staff
thoroughly enjoyed the week, and benefited from
new insights into different cultures and places.
                                            M Henshaw

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   Cam Everlands consulted with Susi Ridley-Marshall, EMAS Primary Advisory teacher, on setting
   up a home/school link to support a family with EAL. If you are interested in setting up a similar
   project, please contact either Susi at CIRCLE, 01452 - 427261, or Carole Ayling at Cam Everlands

   Carole Ayling, a Teaching Assistant at Cam Everlands Primary School, Dursley, has been involved
   in a home/school link to support a Bangladeshi family. She writes about her experience, here:

                                        complete any homework on              enjoyed walking back to
                                        time. My visits are also              school with ‘Mum’ and the
                                        intended       to     build       a   four children one rainy day for
                                        relationship        based       on    Open Evening, knowing that
                                        friendship and trust so that the      they would not have attended
                                        parents feel a part of our            if I hadn’t suggested it. The
                                        school community. I aim to            family enjoyed meeting
                                        make      each        visit     an    various members of staff,
                                        opportunity for all the family to     touring all the classrooms and
                                        practice their English. This is       looking at classroom displays.
                                        particularly important for            On another occasion, all the
                                        ‘Mum’ as it is difficult for her to   staff were invited to celebrate
                                        communicate with other                the eldest child’s birthday and
                                        parents, at present, given the        the parents cooked a
     Early      in    2004,      the    language barrier.                     wonderful Indian meal,
     Headteacher asked if I would                                             followed by birthday cake,
     be interested in taking on         Since I began working with            which staff and family shared
     some additional work after         the family, a third sibling has       one lunchtime in the
     school hours, which would          joined our school and I also          staffroom. It was great! I also
     involve me visiting two of our     work with her when I call             enjoy helping communications
     Bangladeshi pupils in their        round on a Tuesday evening            to run smoothly between the
     home for one hour a week.          .... and her younger sister           school and the family, passing
     This was in response to a          listens to our conversations          on messages from teachers
     request from a parent, who         and stories and joins in our          and explaining some of the
     did not feel confident in          activities. This will help to         letters which the children take
     helping his children with their    prepare her for when she              home from school.
     homework, reading and              joins us in school next year.
     spelling.     Originally from      ‘Mum’ is now awaiting her fifth       Ten months after setting up
     Bangladesh, he speaks very         child, so our get-togethers are       this new venture, I know that
     good English, and is a most        becoming more and more                the Head and Teaching Staff
     supportive dad, but he felt that   ‘family occasions’ when all           in school are pleased with the
     his skills in his second           ages gather around the dining         progress that the children are
     language did not extend far        table to learn, share and have        making. They feel that their
     enough to help his children        fun.                                  confidence has grown.
     adequately. His wife is equally                                          Perhaps this type of home
     supportive, but speaks very        I find my role both rewarding         school link could be useful in
     little English at present. He      and enjoyable. I am made              other schools where there are
     approached the school for          very welcome, provided with a         children for whom English is
     help, and this is how it came      wide variety of delicious             an Additional language or to
     about that I started regular       snacks and unusual fruits to          suport any family where there
     home visits.                       sample (plus an excellent             may be need for “just a little
     I support the two children         mug of tea) and lots of job           extra time”.
     weekly, so that their parents
[']]]]]]]]]                             satisfaction!   I thoroughly
     know they will be able to                                                                 Carole Ayling

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   School Reports

                        St Peter’s High School - Celebrating Diversity
This term, a group of young people performed an enlightening and well received assembly entitled,
“Changes” to their year group. The focus was on “Changes” and each of them shared with us the
huge adaptations they had to make when arriving in Gloucester. They each talked about their
personal experiences of coming to England, learning a new language, sharing cultural differences
and accepting an initially strange and frightening environment. With the aid of a power point
presentation depicting each of the countries, the pupils talked about their first impressions on arrival
at St. Peters’ High School. It seemed quite remarkable that these young people had arrived with no
English and yet, here they were, speaking before a large audience.
The group consisted of:- Victoria from Nigeria, brought up in Greece and reading on behalf of her
friend from Burundi; Odette from Togo; Naomi from The Congo; and Dominika from Poland.
Well done to all of you. You are a credit to your school, your countries and your families but, most of
all; you are a credit to yourselves!

                                         Ju Jitsu Champion
                            Ben Matumba, another student at St. Peter’s High School, recently
                            entered some challenging competitions in the field of Martial Arts. Ben
                            began training in his homeland, The Congo, where he achieved some
                            notable success. With support, he has been able to pursue his talent
                            here. Ben is now a member of the Gloucester Club based at GL1. Ben
                            arrived knowing no English, no people and in a totally alien environment.
                            He is now studying a range of subjects, is improving his English and has
                            made numerous friends in Gloucester. Well Done Ben!

                  Bournside Pupil wins Young Person of the Year Award

 Mint Therapanya from Bournside School was recently
 nominated for this prestigious award. Mint arrived from
 Thailand with no English to live with her aunt and uncle.
 She soon became a popular, energetic member of the
 school community. She is an able sports person and has
 represented her school and her County in field events.
 She has also supported fellow bilingual students and
 works hard to achieve academic success even when
 faced with language difficulties. The awards ceremony,
 which is organised by The Youth and Community Service
 was held at The Royal College in The Forest of Dean.

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EMAS Teacher, Carol Shayle: A winnner in             Well Done Brockworth Enterprise School!
  the ‘Teacher of the Year Awards 2005’
                                                   The winner of the Channel 4 Insite National
    (The Citizen & Severn Trent Water)
                                                   website competition for Schools.
                  Carol Shayle, EMAS
                  secondary teacher, along
                  with three other teachers
                  from Central Technology
                  College, Gloucester, was
                  the winner in a local
                  ‘Teacher of the Year’
                  Competition.                     Congratulations to pupils at Brockworth
                                                   Enterprise School, whose website won the
Carol Shayle, EMAS, has taught at Central          competition, and to their teacher, Stuart Butler.
Technology College for 16 years.                   Channel 4 asked students aged 11-14 to create
She was nominated by Bilbil Osmani, age 12,        websites that celebrate multiculturalism and
who said:                                          explore the great diversity of cultures, races,
 “I came here from Macedonia a year and a          people and histories that make up our nation.
half ago and Mrs Shayle has really helped          Brockworth came up with the winning entry, and
me with my English.”                               received £2000 worth of Channel 4 resources for
 Khaled Hussain, 13, added “I nominated her        their school and an all expenses paid trip to the
because she helps us with our lessons and          T4 studios for the students who worked on the
has arranged minibus trips to the mosque for       website and their teacher.
us”.                                               Visit the website: www.culturaldiversity.tk

                                     Stars at Oxstalls!

       Arooj Abid                      Rodrigo Carneiro                   Mithura Manoharan
Congratulations are due to all those who received awards at the recent Achievement Award
Ceremony held by Oxstalls Community School at Gloucester Cathedral. Some very special
congratulations must go however to five students who have only been in the school for a relatively
short time, but have made such a good impression on everyone that they were nominated for and
received awards.
These students are Arooj Abid, who was awarded the Head of Year prize in Year 10, and
Rodrigo Carneiro in Year 10 who was awarded a prize for Science.
In Year 7, congratulations to Iva Horvathova for her Maths prize, and to Mithura Manoharan who
received both an Art prize and the Head of Year prize in Year 7. (Mithura’s sister, Jaseera, who
has just finished her GCSE Year, was awarded three prizes in Year 11.)
In Year 8, special congratulations too to Lynn Opondo who was awarded a Maths prize and a
Music prize.
Well done to all these students – we hope they will go on to even greater achievements next year!
                                                                                     Mary Lombard

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   School Reports

    Challenging Stereotypes: Exchanging Views. Ugandan Headteacher’s Visit to Kingsholm

                                                                         copious cups of tea and
                                                                         Kingsholm       pupils        and
                                                                         teachers also spoke about
                                                                         what they had learnt and the
                                                                         ways in which their own
                                                                         perceptions        had     been
                                                                         challenged by Lillian’s visit:-
                                                                         “I was surprised that she
                                                                         spoke good English.            We
                                                                         could really understand each
                                                                         other” Y4 pupil
                                                                         “She’s so young and yet has
                                                                         such vast experience.”
                                                                         “She has a mobile phone and
                                                                         knows how to send text
                                                                         messages. And she rides a
“It’s all about friends and how to    Nigerian Mother wanted Lillian     motorbike to school. That’s
communicate with them”                to spend the weekend with her      cool.” Y5 pupil
 This was the verdict of a Year 6     family and a South African         “She is an Arsenal fan!”
pupil at      Kingsholm Primary       Mother spontaneously threw her     Teacher
School after a recent visit by Mrs    arms around Lillian when she       “They      have       parental
Byakagaba Lillian, Head Teacher       first met her. It was as if the    pressures there too!” Teacher
of Kigulya Primary School in          presence of an African Head        “She told us that the children
Uganda.      International school     Teacher in the school reflected    there go out and play football
links can do much to develop a        positively in some way on all of   in their lunchtimes. I didn’t
better understanding of global        them.                              expect that.” Pupil
issues facing us all in an                                               “She’s got a university degree
increasingly interdependent           The visit also prompted some       and yet she had never been
world.      But they can also         stereotypes to be challenged.      on an escalator before she
contribute to greater tolerance,                                         came.” Teacher
understanding,       and to the       Lillian, on her side,       was
celebration of the diversity within   surprised to learn that summer     One of Lillian’s most
our own communities.                  doesn’t always equal warm          interesting conversations was
During her visit, Lillian spent       weather; that even in England’s    with a Year 4 pupil who came
much of her time interacting with     wealthy capital city there are     to Britain from India two years
the children who were delighted       homeless people sleeping in        ago. They chatted about the
to be able to show her around,        cardboard boxes in doorways;       differences and similarities
talk to her about their school and    that British children are better   between schools in India and
their lives and to ply her with an    behaved than she had been led      in Uganda. At the end of it,
inexhaustible stream of questions     to expect; that Britain is not     the pupil summed up her
about her life and about the          entirely tarmacked over; that      feelings: “It was really fun.
children in Uganda. Lillian herself   she never once was subjected       She’s got a soft voice and
noticed that the African and          to the sort of racial abuse that   she’s kind-hearted. She’s
African Caribbean children            she has learnt about through       really nice.”     She added,
seemed particularly to want to be     watching British football          “Having a school link is
near her and to be identified with    matches on TV ( but that British   definitely good. You get to
her in some way. And this was         people do indeed talk constantly   learn new things.”
not limited to the children. A        about the weather and drink                            Mary Jeans
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                                                                      Africa 05

         Kenya link with Central Technology College : African Honours for EMAS
Kenya Teacher CTC
EMAS Link with Carol Shayle,
together with Simon Trapnell,
recently made their fifth visit
to Central Technology
College’s twin school, Lela
Secondary School in western
Kenya. Carol, who was
awarded first equal in the
Citizen Teacher of the Year
awards        in   July,     has
coordinated the link since it
was formed in 1996.
          While there, Carol and
Simon were honoured at a
special ceremony attended by
Lela students, staff and
members of the local
community. In front of 600
people, Simon was made a
leader elder of the Luo tribe
and Carol a Luo woman. This
rare gesture was confirmation
                                   afford school fees. Despite this,      school because it gets them out
of the fact that the whole
                                   its academic performance is            of poverty and helps their
community around Lela
                                   amongst the best in the district.      families. We were very pleased
School really value their
                                           Shortly after Carol and        that the Prime Minister has
association with CTC and
                                   Simon returned from Kenya, the         listened to us’.
Gloucester. It is a rare honour
                                   G8 Conference in Edinburgh was                 Next year Central
for foreigners to be accepted
                                   held. Students in Kenya and            Technology College celebrates
as Luo.
                                   Gloucester, inspired by the            the 10th anniversary of its
          2006 marks the tenth
                                   knowledge and awareness they           Kenyan link – one of the longest
anniversary of the twinning
                                   had gained through the link,           lasting and most vibrant school
with Lela Secondary School.
                                   decided to act. As a result            links in the county. It provides
During this latest visit there
                                   students at CTC received a letter      students and staff a direct
were discussions with Lela
                                   from Tony Blair after they had         association with Africa offering
School, its feeder schools and
                                   written     to    ask     for    the   positive experiences and
British Council staff about
                                   government’s help to enable            opportunities         few    other
developing this successful link
                                   children in Africa and Asia to go      Gloucestershire schools enjoy.
still further. A scheme is now
                                   to school. Having discovered that      A film night about the link will be
actively being developed to
                                   over 100 million of the world’s        held in the autumn term.
add new exciting projects that
                                   children still do not go to school,    For all those that have
will benefit and involve the
                                   they sent Mr Blair a package of        supported and expressed an
whole CTC community, and
                                   nearly 350 ‘buddies’ and letters       interest in the link, ‘ero komano’
members of the wider
                                   written by themselves and fellow       (Thank you’ in the Luo
Gloucester community.
                                   students in Kenya.                     language).
          Lela School does not
                                           One        of      Central                         Simon Trapnel
have running water or
                                   Technology College students,
electricity, 20% of students
                                   Hussein Bashe, who could not go        For more infornation on the
are orphans (most are from
                                   to school in his native Somalia        Kenya Link project - contact
child-headed families) and
                                   because of the war, said ‘It is        Carol Shayle at CIRCLE
many children struggle to
                                   really important that children go to   Tel: 01452 - 427261

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                               Travellers, the Media and Education
Settled on legal sites or living peaceably on their own land, Gypsy and other Traveller families have
resided in Gloucestershire for many years. Traveller children play with settled children, attend local
schools and their families contribute to the local economy.
During 2005, campaigns against Traveller sites, led by some national media publications, resulted in
an increase in aggression and racism towards Travellers and their families, nationally. Unfortunately,
some children may pick up on negative messages from the media, or discussion they hear within the
community. We need to be alert to any such comments and deal with them sensitively but firmly.
Travellers are protected by the race relations legislation. It is important that racist insults towards
Gypsies and other Travellers are reported using the County reporting forms and dealt with immediately
as for any other racist incident.
If you have any conerns or queries about reporting racist incidents in schools, please contact the Race
Equality Adviser, Giles Diggle, Tel: 01452-427261
If you have any queries, or require more information on education of Traveller children in school,
please contact the Traveller Education Service, Tel: 01452-427262

Why not introduce the Traveller site debate into Citizenship at KS3 & KS4?

Pupils could research the history of Traveller sites and legislation about land use rights, to have an
informed debate on this issue.
For background information see the article:
 ‘Gypsies and Travellers: the facts’ on the CRE website www.cre.gov.uk/gdpract/g_and_t_facts.html
A useful powerpoint & lesson plan can be accessed on the VTC Teacher Resource Exchange at:
Further informaion on Travellers is available on the irepect website: www.irespect.net

                                     TES Training for Schools

During 2005, the TES has run several successful training events for schools - and more are planned
for the future. Topics covered have included: reflecting Travellers in the curriculum, raising attainment
and attendance, and home-school work with Travellers.
One teacher, on hearing a talk by Alison Apellton, a Showman parent, commented “excellent - more
people should hear her story and that of other travellers to counter the prejudice fed us by the media”.
The next event, to be held at the Hucclecote Centre, Gloucester, will be:
                        Distance Learning Provision November 9th 4.00-5.30
A chance to look at distance learning materials in use and to share ideas regarding the provision of
good quality learning materials for children who travel. This may also be useful for ideas for schools
that have children off school for reasons other than travel e.g. lengthy illness.
Full details of training events are available on the irespect website, or contact the TES on: 01452-

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                        STOW -IN-THE-WOLD HORSE FAIR MAY 2005
The Traveller Education Service again put up a Big Tent at Stow, which was a popular attraction and
meeting point for families and children. Activities enjoyed by children this year included badge making
and mask making.
A group of students from Sir William Romney School in Tetbury visited the Fair, and gained insights
into a diffferent culture which they were able to share with their school community.
The photos here were taken by the pupils, and more of their work is featured in a case study on the
irespect website.

                          Sir William Romney’s visit to Stow Fair

                                                                          whom we could interview.
                                                                          We all found out a great
                                                                          deal about how important a
                                                                          date Stow Fair is in the lives
Working in the Inclusion Unit,        what to expect! The students        of many people.
and with the support of Sue           chatted all the way there - but     The time to leave came all
Colin from the TES, we                the moment we arrived at Stow,      too quickly, but once back at
discussed ways in which we            they fell silent in amazement at    school the students were
could raise awareness and             the vibrant and colourful scene     able to create a colourful
understanding of Traveller            before them. We spent the first     and informative display in a
culture among the school              hour just looking around at the     vantage point of the school
community. We planned a trip          horses and wagons and               for all to see.
to Stow Fair, with a small group      experiencing the very different     We and the students gained
of Y9 students.                       community atmosphere.               insights into a different
In preparation, the students          Then we met with Sue Colin at       culture and widened our
devised a questionnaire to            the TES Big Tent, where she         experience considerably in
interview visitors at the Fair        introduced us to Mrs Smith who      just one day. We were also
and find out what the Fair            kindly agreed to be interviewed.    able to pass some of our
meant to them. They also              She invited us into her             experiences on through our
researched the background and         spectacular Bow-Top, where          display work which has
history of the Fair using books       she engaged animatedly in           served as a focus for
and internet reources.                conversation. She gave us lots      discussion and has raised
On the day, we and three              of background information, and      awareness in the school
students set off early - in           also pointed us in the direction    population generally.
anticipation of an exciting day -     of other interesting characters
though we didn’t really know                                              Liz Trowell and Fran Phillips
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       Circus Children at Swindon Village Primary School
In May 2005 the Cottle and Austin circus came to Cheltenham. Three children were welcomed into
Swindon Village Primary School. Ivett and Kimberley went into Y6. Ivett has been in England for a
year and both parents are Hungarian. Her ambition is to work with computers when she’s old enough
to leave the circus. Kimberley’s first language is English and she has travelled mostly in England.
 Harley went into Y2, and Natasha Sargeant, her teacher, recounts her experience of having a visiting
Circus child in her class.                                                                   Elaine Allen
                                                        “Hello. My name is Ivett. I come from Hungary.
                                                        I travel with the Cottle and Austin Electric Circus.
                                                        I like when my go another town because then I
                                                        see the city. But sometimes is very bad
                                                        because I no see my friends.
                                                        In the last school one girl is my good friend and
                                                        she give me big card when I go away. My and
                                                        she phone and text every day and she cry on the
                                                        phone because she miss my.
                                                        In the first day in the new school, very funny
                                                        everything, then is okay.
                                                        In the last year, in the first school in England,
                                                        very bad because I no speak English and
                                                        everybody talk and want speak with my, but I no
When I was asked to have a visiting child,              understand. In my school in Hungary I very
travelling with the circus, in my class, initially, I   clever. But I no clever in England.”
was a little concerned about the affect this would                             This is my life by Ivett Szacz
have, as it was SATs week. Not having had a
travelling child in my class before, I thought it
would be unsettling for both my children and for        “Hi. My name is Kimberley and I am 11 years
our visitor. On Tuesday morning, Harley arrived         old and I come from the circus.
just as we were starting our first paper; she was       My dad is Portuguese and mum, me and my
full of smiles and confidence as she entered the        sister are English. My dad is a clown and my
room. I was delighted at the way she adapted to         mum used to be an ice-skater. I practise foot-
the new environment and I couldn’t believe how          juggling with my sister.
quickly she settled in, she wasn’t fazed at all!        I think it’s fun living in the circus and moving to a
Harley talked to the rest of the class about her        different school every week. But it’s a bit sad
life and they shared their experiences of the           really, cos I have to leave my friends at one
circus with her – speaking and listening skills in      school and move on to the next!
the classroom were at an all time high – it was         One of the best schools I have been to is
great!                                                  Swindon Village Primary. The reason I love this
My class really enjoyed Harley’s company and            particular school is because the children are
tales, they were truly fascinated with her life and     really nice and the teacher is funny. I would like
how it differed from theirs. It allowed all of us the   to have a teacher like him all the time. When I
opportunity to be more aware of life outside of         came into the class everyone was looking at me
the classroom. Harley was quick to adapt to our         and when he showed me to my seat all the
school routines and soon became a valued                children said Hi and made me feel welcome.
member of the class. We often talk about “when          I am going to miss this school a lot.
Harley came” and how much the children                  In some schools the children take the mickey out
enjoyed her company. My initial reservations            of you, like they say we are Gypsies or call us
were instantly diminished and Harley’s visit left       names and that hurts our feelings.
both my class and I with only positive feelings         I hope you have enjoyed reading my article.
about the whole experience. Natasha Sargeant                                  From Kimberley Smith da Silva

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      Hands On Learning about Traveller Cultures
                                                                      speakers. The experience
                                                                      gave       Jan    a    greater
                                                                      understanding of the lives of
                                                                      her Showmen pupils and their
                                                                      families and highlighted the
                                                                      fact that they form a close-knit
                                                                      community. She learnt of
                                                                      some of the Showmen’s
                                                                      concerns for the future with
Two of the factors which           home-school relationships.”        fewer fairs, more competition
contribute towards the             Beccy added: “It was great to      between families than there
success of Traveller pupils at     see inside the trailers and you    ever used to be and concerns
school       are     teachers’     immediately began to gain a        over the provision of enough
understanding of their pupils’     better understanding of the        legal sites for their winter
cultures          and      good    practicalities of living in a      quarters.
relationships with their           space that regularly switches      Hilary Paskins, Kingshom
families.      Formal INSET        between         ‘home’      and    Family Centre Manager and
sessions can go some way           ‘transport’. It requires a level   school governor, and Jane
towards addressing these           of tidiness and organisation       Springham, parent and
issues, but at Kingsholm C. of     that would put many                governor, enjoyed another
E. Primary School several          classrooms to shame! The           new experience in the
teachers and a Governor            sense of community was             Summer Term. They visited
have recently enjoyed some         instantly apparent too. There      the horse fair at Stow-on-the-
more       direct     learning     was evidence everywhere of         Wold, a major Gypsy Traveller
experiences.                       children having been outside       social gathering. Hilary wrote:
In the Spring Term 2005 Jo         and at play. These children        “It is obviously a very
Berry, Y2 teacher, and Beccy       are experiencing a unique          important event where
Webber, Y4 teacher, worked         freedom that is made possible      families gather together to
to develop some new                by the caring and watchful         meet and buy all sorts of
Distance Learning materials        eyes of other families on the      things. The stalls included
for their Showman pupils to        site.”                             those selling hardware (we
take with them when they           Another event in the same          particularly liked the stainless
travelled in the summer.           term was the annual south-         water carriers and buckets),
When the new packs were            west region’s Showmen’s            china, ornaments, cut glass,
ready, they visited Pool           Guild luncheon at the              clothes and shoes. Apart
Meadow Showmen’s site to           Swindon Hilton Hotel, to           from the stalls there were the
discuss them with the parents.     which       Jan     Buckland,      beautiful horses, carts,
After the visit Jo wrote: “When    Kingsholm’s Head Teacher,          puppies and birds for sale…..
we visited the Pool Meadow         was invited. She went with         There was a tremendous
site I was unsure how we           parents, Jane and Matthew          atmosphere of a family day
would be received. However,        Stevens, who made her feel         out. We thought we had
we were made to feel very          very welcome and who               never seen so many
welcome.         It was really     proceeded to introduce her to      babies….. Horses were, by
interesting to see the different   many cousins, nieces,              the way, ridden bare back at
way of life and to experience      nephews, etc. Also present         quite a pace so you had to
the sense of community that        were a number of councillors,      watch out…..         We would
is evident on the site. The        mayors and other officials         recommend this experience to
families we visited were very      from the region, and there         other staff.”
positive about school and it       were a number of interesting                            Mary Jeans
was great to develop these
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                Fishpool Annual Award Ceremony 2005

The celebratory evening was recently held at         worth, assist in setting specific targets, provide
The Guild Hall in Gloucester. It was an action-      mentors, guest speakers and positive role
packed evening of entertainment, achievement         models and in so doing enhance the life-
and shared enthusiasm. Each year the occasion        chances and raise the expectations of young
grows in stature and the programme reflects the      people. Throughout the year, students involved
contributions made by schools, churches, Youth       are offered academic support, cultural
and Community Clubs, Parent Training classes,        awareness activities and social events. They
and local arts groups. There were singers,           have engaged with The Everyman Theatre,
dancers, poets, African drummers, and a short        Akoma Arts, two prominent Black chefs from
play performed by students in conjunction with       the North of England, the first Black winner of
The Everyman Theatre. Schools involved               Mastermind, Footballers, The University of
included Beaufort Community School,                  Gloucestershire, Cool Runnings Club, Planet
Brockworth Enterprise School, Churchdown             Space, The LYPPE Project in support of young
Comprehensive and Severn Vale School.                Black men and much more.
Certificates were presented to all the Fishpool      The annual newsletter BEAT (Black, Educated
participants in recognition of their commitment.     and Talented) was distributed. This was kindly
In addition, the prestigious Pam Dennis Award        printed by Stroud & Swindon Building Society.
presented by the late Pam Dennis’ husband,           The food for the evening was provided by
Paul, was awarded to: -                              Caribbean Wrap of Stroud Rd.
             Beaufort … Scot Francis                 Our sincere thanks to Gloucestershire
        Brockworth … Darnel White-Taylor             Community Foundation for helping to fund this
          Churchdown ... Joseph Hylton               highly successful evening and to all those who
             Severn Val ... Ruth Davis               contributed to such a wonderful, positive event.
The Fishpool Project was formed to address           It was such a good turn out that we are now
some of the imbalances faced by young Black          wondering if we might need to book the Albert
students and offers opportunities to develop self-   Hall for our next ceremony!!!
                                                                                 Dee Russell-Thomas

                                                        BEAT - Black Educated and Talented
                                                     The Newsletter, produced by Fishpool
                                                     students and staff, won an award in the
                                                     NASUWT Arts and Minds - Celebrating
                                                     Cultural Diversity Competition 2004.
                                                     Congratulations to all contributors!

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                                                               African Caribbean

                   Mauritius and a Wealth of Diversity
                                                                       execute their lessons.
                                                                       Mauritius prides itself on its
                                                                       diversity and its racial tolerance
                                                                       and harmony.            Muslims,
                                                                       Christians, Hindus and other
                                                                       faiths live and work side-by-
                                                                       side, and they are keen to
                                                                       promote tranquillity, harmony
                                                                       and respect.
                                                                       Every one we met was keen to
                                                                       develop the new reforms of the
                                                                       educational system. Much had
                                                                       been done with regard to
                                                                       research, reviewing the systems
                                                                       in other countries and
                                                                       developing an appropriate
                                                                       system for the people of
                                                                       Mauritius.     The schools we
                                                                       visited vary enormously; some
                                                                       were well resourced, others
In February, at half term, a     Educational Needs and Early           were in areas of deprivation,
group of teachers embarked       Years Units, The Examination          and some were newly built, but
upon a one-week educational      Unit, The Mauritius Institute of      still in need of internal
visit to Mauritius. The theme    Education and the Teacher             furnishings.
was, "Teaching and Learning"     Training programmes.                  We rose early in the morning,
with a focus on isolated         Following this overview, we           we      visited     educational
learners, and achievement,       then split into two groups to visit   establishments throughout the
parental involvement and         primary and secondary schools         day and, in the evenings we
inclusion. The experience        in different zones. At the end of     talked ‘education, education,
from beginning to end was        the week we returned to the           education’ because we were all
enlightening, stimulating and    Ministry for debriefing and to        totally engrossed, enthused and
challenging. Not only did we     share our findings.                   revitalised by the experiences
learn much about the new         The home language in Mauritius        we were engaged in.
educational reform being         is Creole, many also speak
implemented on this island in    French, although the written          For anyone considering
the Indian Ocean but we also     form is not as strong. However,       applying for a LECT fellowship
gained access to each other's    the examination system within         or educational visit, I would
fields of expertise, ranging     the schools is in English. As         highly recommend them to do
from      Early    Years    to   can be assumed, the complexity        so. It is a remarkable
Directorate Level and we also    of operating in at least three        experience and a unique
enjoyed an insight into the      languages is profound and yet,        opportunity to gain real insight
Scottish Educational System.     unlike the UK, there is no            into the educational system, the
The programme began with         EMAS, no specific language            culture and the development of
the Ministry of Education,       service, and no specific              another country. It also offers
where we were given a            provision for those struggling to     the opportunity for re-
broader framework and a          access the curriculum. Total          evaluation, comparative study
range of information on the      immersion is considered to be         and a whole bagful of
new legislation. We were also    the best methodology and the          inspiration.
invited to the Science and       teachers often slip in and out of
Research Unit, The Special       several languages as they                         Dee Russell-Thomas

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                                   The Better Reading Partnership

During this academic year ‘The Better Reading         non-fiction, articles and websites, to expand
Partnership’ has been implemented at St John’s        upon new reading skills.
C of E Primary School. One of its’ primary aims       The results have so far been promising. The
was to improve the reading attainment of EAL          EAL pupils have increased their reading ages by
pupils. The 10 week programme consists of 3           at least 7 months over a period of 10 weeks and
fifteen minute sessions per week which follow a       all pupils enjoyed participating in the
common structure. The focus is on the                 programme.
development of independent reading strategies.        The school intends to continue the programme
The session is broken up into three parts:            next year and is hoping for continued success.
     • Re-reading known text.                         If you would like more information on
     • Re-reading a text recently introduced and      implementing this programme, please contact
        taken home.                                   CIRCLE Tel: 01452 427261, and visit the
     • Introduction of new text.                      Bradford website:
Each session provides supported opportunity for       www.educationbradford.com/Useful+Resources/
the reader to read books in their control and also    Better+Reading+Partnership.htm
provides new and challenging texts, both fiction,
                                                                                     Juliette Moxham

                Pitman ESOL Qualifications for Secondary pupils New to English

EMAS offers Pitman ESOL examinations to               November 2004
secondary pupils in Gloucestershire schools, in       Level 2 (Elementary)
conjunction with St Peter’s High School and           Sarp Cetin (First Class Pass) Pittville School
Sixth Form Centre, who act as a Centre for the        Tina Maleki (Pass) Tewkesbury School
examinations. These exams are offered twice a         Yusuf Sarikaya (Pass) Whitecross School
year. They cover a range of 5 levels from Basic       Marketa Horvothova (Pass) Brockworth
to Advanced. The Higher levels are recognised         Enterprise School
by Higher and Further Education institutions as       Odette Agbobly-Atayi (Pass) St Peter's High
satisfying requirement for English proficiency, for   School
entry to courses (or as equivalent to GCSE            Roger Agbobly-Atayi (Pass) St Peter's High
English Grade C).                                     School
The advantage of these qualifications, is that        Joseph Delapena (Pass) St Peter's High School
particularly for students arriving late to
secondary education in England, (in Y9, 10 and        May 2005
11), they provide recognition of progress made        Level 1 (Basic)
in the aqcuisition of English language, and can       Chalin Creed (First Class Pass) Sir William
be a real confidence booster! In addition, for        Romney School
students wishing to go on to Higher education,        Level 2 (Elementary)
they provide an alternative qualification to GCSE     Chui Ying Ko (Pass) Brockworth Enterprise
English, without the Literature component of          School
GCSE, which can present difficulties for students     Iman Samimi (First Class Pass) Brockworth
from different educational backgrounds.               Enterprise School
For more information, please contact Dorry            Sandra Galuszka (First Class Pass) Brockworth
Evans, EMAS Examinations Officer, at CIRCLE.          Enterprise School
Tel: 01452 427261                                     Level 3 (Intermediate)
                                                      Stratsimir Petrov (Pass) Oxstalls School
We would like to congratulate the following           Tina Maleki (Pass) Tewkesbury School
students on their success in examination in           Victoria Amao (Pass) St Peter's High School

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        Working in partnership - "All precious; all capable of giving and sharing"

The year has been an
interesting     one     in   the
development of’ 'joined up
thinking’. Students from a wide
range of schools, cultures,
languages and experiences
have united to help each other,
to celebrate diversity, and to
bridge the gaps and break down
barriers of assumption and
preconceived ideas.
Cheltenham Ladies College has
now joined Dean Close and The
King's School in our partnership
work. Their students have been
supporting bilingual pupils at
Pittville School with EAL
teacher, Dorry Evans. We are        range of bilingual students at     divisions and enable students
very grateful to teacher Ro         their school. The day was action   who shared the same language
Kaye, from CLC for her              packed with swimming, tennis,      to meet up for the first time.
enthusiasm and support.             hockey, cricket and football. It   Our sincere thanks to staff and
King's have continued to work       was attended by over 30 pupils     the many Dean Close students
with Czech Roma pupils from St      offering a range of linguistic     who were so generous in their
Paul’s school with the EMAS         skills and from diverse cultural   time their energy and their
teacher Amanda Barns and            backgrounds.                       support. The squeals of real
football games at King's School     Countries represented included     laughter from the swimming
on Tuesday afternoons have          Angola, Togo, Poland, the          pool were a joy to hear!
been a regular feature in these     Congo,        South       Africa   We look forward to continuing
links. Special thanks to Dave       Bangladesh, Pakistan, Hong         this partnership in this new
and Kate Griffiths who have         Kong, Zimbabwe, Thailand, and      academic year and already
worked hard to maintain and         Iran.                              volunteers have signed up in
enhance the programme and           The     secondary      schools     preparation for new activities
who have personally shown a         represented were Brockworth        with new and existing English
real commitment to supporting       Enterprise School, Churchdown      as Additional Language pupils.
others.                             School, Oxstalls Community         Not only do our pupils benefit
Meanwhile       Dean       Close    School, Pittville School, and St   from extra support within the
students have worked in             Peter's High School. Food,         school but they also enjoy peer
Tredworth Primary school with       transport and coaching was         relationships, friendship and
EMAS teacher Sheilagh               provided and it was a wonderful    understanding from other young
Crowther and at Brockworth          opportunity to break down          people.
Enterprise School with Dee                                                        Dee Russell-Thomas
Russell-Thomas and Teaching
Assistant Linsey Villiers. Our
thanks to Rod Pellereau and
Eve Roberts who have
admirably coordinated their
We are particularly grateful to
Dean Close for once again
holding an "Activities Day" for a

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Holocaust Memorial Day

2005 commemorated the            bronchitis, delivered his       again, he held the diverse group
60th anniversary of the          powerful account of life ...    with his experiences, his
liberation of Auschwitz, and     and death … in the              thoughts, and his dogged
we were privileged to host       concentration       camps.      determination to ensure that
Leon Greenman in our             Whilst he graphically talked    these horrors would never be
county. Leon is a 94 year        the audience through the        forgotten. The following day,
old     survivor     of    six   many horrors he had             Leon returned to London where
concentration camps and          encountered, a backdrop of      he was invited as one of the
his book, “An Englishman in      photographs reinforced the      survivors to attend an audience
Auschwitz." is a testament       message. The audience           with the Queen.
to the atrocities suffered by    were spellbound, and it was     Those who saw and heard Leon
so many during this              clear that the impact of an     Greenman have indeed been
appalling time in history. It    actual survivor standing in     privileged. Soon, there will be
has been Leon Greenman's         front of them was more          no one left to offer personal
mission in life to retell his    profound than any textbook      experiences, to relay the events
experiences and to inform        or film.                        or to reveal the tattooed number
future generations in a bid to   Similar responses occurred      on the forearm. Leon still to this
ensure such atrocities might     at Beaufort Community           day, receives hate mail, death
never happen again.              School in Gloucester and        threats and warnings. He will
EMAS was able to organise        Marling School in Stroud.       not be silenced, and we to have
a number of schools from         The pupils listened in          a duty to ensure his mission in
around the county to             silence and in awe at this      life, his vow to tell the world is
welcome Leon as their            diminutive, frail figure,       continued.
guest speaker. Preparatory       powerfully telling his truth.
work was embarked upon           He welcomed questions and       EMAS has resources available
and curriculum links were        encouraged            pupil     for loan to schools, including
made. For some of the            interaction. They, in turn,     photo-powerpoints and displays
schools involved it was          asked pertinent questions,      on Auschwitz, and also on
particularly pertinent as, not   and gathered around him,        Terrezin, a concentration camp
only were they studying this     eager to learn more, to         in the Czech Republic, where a
in history, but journeys to      delve deeper, and to explore    large collection of children’s
Auschwitz were also              the moral issues. On the        drawings and poetry has
arranged for the students in     Tuesday evening, following      survived - though the children
the coming year.                 a fairly punishing schedule     themselves perished.
Balcarras       School      in   by anyone's standards,
Cheltenham was the first to      Leon spoke to an invited         For more information, contact:
host this remarkable man         audience at Seven Vale               Dee Russell-Thomas
who,      despite       acute    School in Quedgeley. Once             Tel: 01452 427261

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                                                       Holocaust Memorial Day

                Leon Greenman answering students questions at Marling School, Stroud
Headteacher, Roger Lock, said about the visit: “Looking back on the Spring Term at Marling, I think
for me the most moving and poignant event was when I joined with our senior students to listen to
the Auschwitz survivor, Leon Greenman, when he retold his experiences in the concentration camps
during the Second World War. We were honoured to have him with us as we, as a school,
comemmorated this year's anniversary of the Holocaust. Such visits and exposure to the evils that
mankind is capable of is an esential part of the learning process and we must do all we can to
educate our students to ensure that such atrocities never occur again."

                                A Vote of Thanks for LEON GREENMAN
Mr. Leon Greenman in the eyes of us all is an ispirational man. It is astounding and humbling to see
someone who has lost so much in such a horrific manner, campaign tirelessly to tell and educate the
world about the atrocities of the Holcaust.
Since his day of liberation from Buchenwald in April, 1945, he has strived to live up to a promise that
he made. He had said that if he survived to betray the dead it would have been better not to survive.
We must not forget. Please do not forget.
Despite these words, the world does seem to have forgotten. Since the Holocaust there have been
numerous cases of genocide around the world. In Cambodia, Bangladesh and most recently,
Rwanda, millions of innocent people have died. Families like Mr. Greenman's were torn apart and
the world stood by and did nothing.
As the adults of tomorrow, it is our responsibility to stop such evil ever taking place again.
Let it be a teaching of what could happen in the world if we do nothing – and let Leon Greenman be
the inspiratipon to stop it!
                                                                          Nadia Hussein, Balcarras School

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                 Jamaican Diaspora “Globally Dispersed, United in Spirit”
“Globally dispersed, united in spirit”
“Jamaica’s relationship with her nationals           Adventist and Church of God New Testament.
worldwide is based on a deep sense of loyalty,       It was an uplifting and memorable experience
mutual appreciation and abiding commitment.          with gospel singers, pastors, deacons,
Jamaicans at home and abroad, benefit                community leaders and representatives from
tremendously from this very positive connection.     both the London High Commission and the
The international celebration and observation of     Jamaican Government. The impact was
Jamaican Diaspora Day, on June 16th, provides        astounding and everyone joined together to
us with an invaluable opportunity to recognise       give thanks and praise for the continued links
publicly the significant and invaluable              and bonding held by Jamaicans all over the
contribution the Diaspora has made to the            world.
economic and social development of Jamaica           Thanks to all those involved in making this
over the years.”                                     service so very meaningful. It was a privilege
Her Excellency Gail Mathurin                         to see the cathedral packed to capacity with so
On Sunday June 19th, Gloucester Cathedral was        many from the Jamaican Community and also
host to a unique congregation to celebrate those     to hear the wonderful voices of the united
of Jamaican origin. Five churches united to          choirs and also the individual soloists.
share their links with the Caribbean island. They    Congratulations to Canon Nick Berry from the
were … The Church of God of Prophecy, Church         Cathedral and The African and Caribbean
of God, Church of God Apostolic, Seventh Day         Association for organising the occasion.

      Brockworth Enterprise School and the Black Forum make INSET a success

In September 2004, representatives of the African-    post-it exercise to draw out attitudes. Then on
Caribbean community and Gloucester schools            the first day of the Autumn Term they went
joined together to create a forum to celebrate and    back with the results and led workshops to look
work to raise the achievement of Black children       at the issues around working with Black
and young people.                                     youngsters. The debate was conducted in a
Since that time the Forum has met on a Tuesday        climate of trust. It was illuminating and proved
evening once a term at Widden Primary School,         to be useful for all parties concerned. It was a
supported by Dee Russell-Thomas (EMAS                 lot to cram into just 90 minutes. But it was a
Advisory Teacher Secondary Schools).                  start.
The discussions at the forum have been wide-          It took real courage for Brockworth to take part,
ranging, but have focussed on the question: “Why      and a willingness to look at important and
do the Black Caribbean youngsters under achieve       difficult issues. For this the school should be
at GCSE, only 36% locally and nationally              commended. It also took courage on the part
achieving 5 A – C's? The debate has been lively.      of the 6 forum members who rose to the
With this in mind and the need to encourage           challenge, a number of whom had never
schools to have a dialogue with Black parents and     delivered INSET before.
for parents to play a greater role in schools, the    So thank you to: Jacqui Campbell, Paul
forum decided to develop an INSET package for         Dennis, Carol Francis, Haltia Watkins, Alex
schools.                                              Smith & Charlie Campbell.
A sub-group met throughout the summer and             This kind of thing has never been done in
came up with a two-session approach that would        Gloucestershire before; it does not happen
allow members of the Black community to deliver       much nationally either. The Black Forum is
key messages to teachers and engage with them         hungry to repeat the experience with other
in open and honest debate.                            schools. The Black Forum wants to work with
Brockworth Enterprise School volunteered to pilot     schools to raise the attainment of Black young
the training package. In July members of the          people. The Forum can be contacted at
Forum went to the school to conduct a quick fire      CIRCLE 01452 427261.

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                               Awards for Active Citizenship

                 Gloucestershire Chief Constable’s Citizenship Award 2004
The Citizenship Award is a new annual scheme to recognise the valuable contribution young people
make to communities throughout the county. It is open to groups of young people under 17 years of
age who have made efforts to promote personal or community safety, reduce crime or address anti-
social behaviour.
There were 14 entries for this first year of the awards - all of whom were presented with Certificates of
Four of the entries addressed issues of race equality. These were:
Kingsholm Primary School (Gloucester)
 An inclusion project to create greater understanding of pupils from the Traveller community and a
more harmonious society.
Dean Close (Cheltenham) and The King's School (Gloucester)
 An initiative designed to break down barriers between state and private school children, with particular
emphasis on private school pupils assisting state pupils who were asylum seekers or refugees. The
aim was to encourage racial and religious tolerance.
Brockworth Enterprise School and Churchdown School
 Designed to promote religious and racial tolerance by pupil-led activities promoting Chinese culture to
fellow pupils. The pupils concerned went into their own schools, in Brockworth and Churchdown, and
also gave presentations at the African & Caribbean Association.
 Fishpool Project
To improve the educational achievements of pupils from the African Caribbean community in
Gloucester. The project has guest speakers including police officers. Pupils spend time not only
improving standards but also examining a number of issues including racism and thereby linking with
the prevention of Hate Crime.
Do you know of a project that could be entered for the next round of the Award in 2005?
For more information see: www.gloucestershire.police.uk/news/1791.html and contact the
Constabulary's Schools and Young Persons Unit, sypu@gloucestershire.police.uk

                                 Deutsche Bank Spotlight Award
The Deutsche Bank Spotlight Awards are for teenagers aged 11-18 years, who aren't afraid to speak
up and take action on the issues they care about. They are given to young campaigners who have
spoken up and taken practical action about something they thought should be improved, changed or
created in their community.
In 2004/5 a number of Gloucestershire pupils entered for the Award, all of whom received certificates
of recognition. They were:
'Fishpool' Students at:
Churchdown Comprehensive School
Beaufort Community School
Brockworth Enterprises School
Severn Vale Community School
'Working in Partnership' Schools:
Dean Close ... working with Brockworth, Bournside and Tredworth Juniors
The King's School ... working with Kingsholm and St. Paul's Primary, Gloucester
Helping Others:
Shao Li Chen ex pupil at Churchdown, now working at the African and Caribbean Association
Nominations for the 2006 Deutsche Bank Spotlight Awards are open from 21 October. The deadline is
3 February 2006. The Awards ceremony will be held at Deutsche Bank, London on 11 May. Visit this
website to find out more:     www.commonpurpose.org.uk/home/public/about-us/spotlight.aspx

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         An Interview with Paul Elliott, Head of Brockworth Enterprise School
                                    by Dee Russell-Thomas

                                 be the core of his philosophy.      deserves a better reputation.
                                 “Everyone … pupils and staff        It is on a sound footing, has
                                 deserve dignity. I believe with     incredibly good values and we
                                 a passion in total opportunity      need to work successfully
                                 for students to be educated         with the broader community.
                                 with and not at. We need to         “I want to make a difference”,
                                 generate mutual liking and          he says.
                                 promote fundamental values”.        Paul questions whether pride
                                 Paul faced many challenges          has been lost in the British
                                 in Malaysia where he was            population and feels inner
Paul Elliot was appointed to     part of a team who built a          insecurities          manifest
Brockworth Enterprise School     school from scratch and had         themselves in a ‘pseudo-
in September 2004 having         to “sell it to the people”. He      arrogance’. This, he believes,
spent the previous 8 years in    turned a vision into reality        needs un-picking. The big
Malaysia where he was the        even when the currency              challenge is to understand the
Vice-Principal       of    an    became devalued, prudent            significant minority of students
Independent International        financial decisions had to be       who seem to want to throw
School.                          made and overseas staff             away the opportunities of
He was born in Manchester        faced huge cuts in their            education. “The question is
where he also gained his first   salaries. He turned challenge       ‘Why?” He believes we need
degree in engineering and        into opportunity and built a full   to raise expectations into a
product design.      He was      British Education School in         “We can do better than this,"
awarded a Masters degree         the heat of Malaysia which,         approach.
from Dundee University and       today, is still seen as one of      Paul wants to know every
specialised     in    robotic    the best.                           student properly.          He is
automation and engineering       On returning to the UK he           prepared to change the
education. Though whilst not     noticed a work ethic                curriculum to suit individual
always in education, Paul has    difference. In Asia, education      needs and give them
always been interested in        is seen as a privilege not a        success. He has already
working with young people.       right and it is valued beyond       established a comprehensive
His teaching experience has      everything else. “When you          tracking and monitoring
been wide-ranging and            see basic values that are           system for each pupil in the
includes grammar schools,        fought for e.g. food,               school.
secure units of special          education, clothing, it puts life   In conclusion, Paul brings
schools in Merseyside,           into perspective. I have seen       back from Malaysia the
independent schools and          children walking for days to        essence of his intentions –
experience both in this          get to school, and parents          the word “boleh” which means
country and overseas. Whilst     pleading for me to take their       “can”. He want to promote a
he has diverse experiences,      children in my school”.             ‘can do’ attitude and in
he    has    found      many     Paul          arrived         in    response to the final question
commonalities that cross the     Gloucestershire with his            “What do you hope to be
boundaries of age, culture,      family with fond memories of        remembered for?” Paul
wealth. The key issues are       holidays in the Forest of           replies “My honesy and my
knowing each pupil’s needs,      Dean. He immediately felt           humanity”.
establishing a safe and          attracted to the warmth and         “If anyone ‘boleh’ - Paul Elliot
secure environment and           the ‘heart’ of Brockworth           ‘boleh!’”
promoting trust, respect and     School. “I think it is a great      Thank you Paul for your time,
self-worth. “I like people”      school and we can make it           honesty and trust in doing this
Paul says and this seems to      one of the best around. It          interview for our first ‘Profile’.

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To extend the resources we            make sure the teachers and           system here at the Centre and
offer to support people working       playworkers aren’t left out we       so your school or group does
in the arts, play and education       can order adult sizes.     All the   need to join to take advantage
we endeavour to forge                 outfits are meticulously made        of this service, the art & craft
partnerships with suppliers who       and robust enough to withstand       shop and the scrapstore. You
share an ethical approach.            being tried on in a group            are very welcome to drop in to
We’ve been working with East-         situation.                           have a look around or visit our
West Education for some time          So if you are looking to provide     website for more information.
now who supply children’s and         your children with costumes          www.gloucestershireresourcece
adult clothing made by women’s        from Pakistan, Rajasthani,           ntre.com
collectives in India. Their link in   Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, North         Find us at:
the chain of supply is supporting     and South India, South East
projects in marginalized              Asian, North and West African        The Gloucestershire
communities in India who              countries and the Middle East        Resource Centre
provide valuable and worthwhile       then look no further.                City Works
employment and training for           The clothing is just one part of     Alfred Street
young women in textile design         our multi cultural resources.        Gloucester
and production.                       We also stock a fantastic range      GL1 4DF
Our range of outfits for both         of books including fiction,
boys and girls from 2 to 8 years      biographies, activity, craft,        Opening Times
old is all made from vibrant and      history and faiths many of which     Monday      10am - 5pm
authentic fabrics and in many         are dual language. We also           Tuesday     10am - 7pm
different styles. For a holistic      stock music CD’s and tapes,          Wednesday 10am - 5pm
experience for your group we          puzzles, posters and dolls.          Thursday    10am - 5pm
also stock dolls clothing and to      We operate a membership              Friday      CLOSED

                                              Kids Aware
  The Gloucestershire Constabulary web pages, written especially for the young people of
  Gloucestershire, were recently launched.
                                                Take a look at this new website, which has
                                                a range of child friendly advice on a
                                                number of issues revelant to all young
                                                people, such as:
                                                   • keeping safe
                                                   • dealing with bullying
                                                   • internet safety
                                                   • mobile phone safety
                                                   • safe play
                                                   • stranger danger

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                                       Aiming High: Guidance on the assessment of pupils
                                       learning English as an additional language
                                       Date of Issue: April 2005. Ref: 1469-2005DOC-EN

                                       All children and young people should be able to achieve
                                       their potential whatever their ethnic or cultural
                                       background and whichever school they attend. In
                                       England 686,200 (10.05%) of all pupils in primary,
                                       secondary and special maintained schools are recorded
                                       as having English as an additional language (EAL).
                                       The government strategy for raising the attainment of
                                       minority ethnic pupils – ‘Aiming High’ identified the need
                                       to establish a common national approach to the
                                       assessment of bilingual learners as a key factor in
                                       improving pupils’ performance.
                                       This document provides detail on approaches to the
                                       assessment of pupils learning EAL. It should be read
                                       alongside guidance on assessment for learning
                                       developed by the Primary National Strategy and the Key

Stage 3 Strategy. It is intended to complement assessment for learning procedures already
taking place in schools and classrooms. Schools are not expected to provide additional records
for pupils learning EAL that duplicate what is already in place for all children.
This document is designed to support school managers, mainstream and specialist teachers and
teaching assistants to make appropriate provision for pupils learning EAL.
Schools should examine their assessment procedures in the light of information and guidance
contained in this booklet and amend their practice accordingly.

                                     Aiming High: Understanding the Educational Needs of
                                     Minority Ethnic Pupils in Mainly White Schools.

                                     May 2004 Ref: DfES/0416/2004

                                     While most minority ethnic pupils live in urban areas, a
                                     significant number live in areas with a mainly white
                                     population and attend schools where very few pupils are
                                     from minority ethnic backgrounds. Research shows that
                                     some schools with small numbers of minority ethnic pupils
                                     struggle to prepare their pupils for life in a culturally and
                                     ethnically diverse society. In some cases teaching staff
                                     have little knowledge or confidence about multicultural
                                     education issues and problems of isolation can present
                                     minority ethnic pupils with additional barriers to their
                                     achievement. This guidance addresses some of these
                                     issues and builds on the good practice already in place.

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                                          Ethnicity and Education: The Evidence on Minority
                                          Ethnic Pupils

                                          Research Topic Paper: RTP01-05 January 2005

                                          This topic paper presents the latest Department for
                                          Education and Skills (DfES) statistics and research on
                                          minority ethnic pupils’ attainment and participation at
                                          school. It covers: a description of the minority ethnic
                                          school population and its patterns of variation across
                                          England; Foundation Stage and Key Stage attainment;
                                          measures of school behaviour (attendance and
                                          exclusions); special educational needs; parental
                                          involvement in children’s education and the ethnic
                                          background of teachers. There is a section bringing
                                          together new data on Mixed Heritage pupils, as well as
                                          sections on recent research and evaluations, in
                                          particular, evidence on the impact of the Excellence in
                                          Cities evaluation on minority ethnic groups.

                                          Effective Leadership in Multi-Ethnic Schools

                                          This research report explores issues relating to the
                                          effective leadership of English schools in which a
                                          substantial proportion of students are from minority
                                          ethnic communities.
                                          The education of diverse groups of students from
                                          different cultural and minority ethnic groups continues to
                                          climb higher on political, social and educational agendas
                                          the world over. Educational provision to best meet the
                                          needs of minority ethnic students and the communities
                                          they represent has for many years presented serious
                                          challenges to schools and school systems. These
                                          challenges have recently taken on a new complexity, as
                                          global, social and domestic demographics have shifted
                                          in response to political and economic circumstances,
                                          and through both forced and voluntary migration. The
                                          nature of demographic movements means that the
                                          contours of ethnic diversity are constantly shifting.

Global trends, whether driven by the imperatives of labour markets, or the consequences of military
conflicts, are resulting in ever more fluid population movements. Communities, especially in urban
areas, are increasingly dynamic in their ethnic composition. Such changes need to be reflected in
our understanding of schooling and educational processes.

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During the Autumn term, preparations for a wide range of festivals and religious events are going on
in our Gloucestershire community of diverse faiths, including: Muslim Eid, Hindu Diwali, Jewish
Chanukah, and Christian Christmas. Below, a Gloucestershire Muslim pupil describes how she and
her family celebrate on December 25th, and in the centre page pull-out of this issue of the
Newsletter, you can find out more about how Christmas is celebrated around the world!

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The following resources are particularly useful for teachers and schools working with new arrivals.

                       QCA Pathways to Learning for New Arrivals
                       This new site has extensive information and resources to help teachers
                       respond effectively to the needs of pupils newly arrived from overseas.
                       It provides:

     •   Background information on migration, countries of origin and children’s rights and
     •   Guidance for schools and teachers on promoting the educational achievement of newly
         arrived pupils. Comprehensive information and advice are given on effective inclusion, and
         responding successfully to the range of diverse learning needs which pupils from different
         backgrounds will have. Guidance includes information on EAL, and inclusion of pupils
         across the curriculum, with links to websites and resources to promote bilingualism, and
         provide a global dimension cross-curriccula.

                       Welcome Booklet
                       With this CD Rom you can create a personalised booklet of your school in 19
                       languages. Type in key information and photographs of the School, Head,
                       Staff, Class teachers, school rules, times, uniforms and policies. Then, once
                       done, click buttons to get 20 page booklets in any of the following languages:
                       Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Gujarati,
                       Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Panjabi, Russian, Somali, Swahili, Tamil,
                       Turkish, Urdu. Parents gain confidence, manage their times better and
                       communicate more effectively with you.
                       Publisher: MantraLingua www.mantralingua.com Cost £41.13

                       Translated letters for schools

 Produced by Dingle Granby Toxteth EAZ in partnership with The City of Liverpool.
 This is an excellent EAL resource for schools. Translations of 14 standard school letters are
 available to download, translated into 30 different languages.

                       Bristol Ethnic Minority Achievement Service
                       The Bristol EMAS website has a selection of downloadable games and
                       resources which are particularly useful for New Arrivals, including a Going to
                       School Board Game, and playground fans for communication.


                                  And Finally ... The Competition!
                     www.bristol-lea.org.uk/services/emas/materials/newtoenglish.html token.
Be the first to answer this question, about the irespect website, and win a £15.00 CD
"On the Mosiac section of irespect, there are 2 photogalleries of Gloucestershire Celebrations.
What are they?"       For details of how to enter – see the Editorial by Giles Diggle.

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EMAS would like to extend their warm thanks to A & J Bouncy Castles, for
their generosity - and hard work! - in providing a giant bouncy castle and
super slide for the EAL Fest event held in June (see inside pages 6 and 7)

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