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Easter Egg Design Competition

This was another fantastic year for this fun competition. We had an amazing number of entries and the standard
of the ‘eggy’ masterpieces was ‘eggceptionally’ high.

Our ‘eggsteamed’ judges (Rev Gill and Mr Walsh) had a very difficult task judging them. However, after much deliberation, the winners (and second and third places) were chosen for each class.

But everyone is a winner at our school because all the children will receive a Cadbury’s Crème Egg to enjoy over the Easter Holiday.
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Twenty-three of our pupils took part in this year's  North Tyneside Dance Festival and they were absolutely AMAZING! They confidently performed their two routines in front of a packed house. With the help of Mrs Walls, Mrs Mohun and Mrs Tullock’s brilliant choreography skills, the pupils transformed their imaginative ideas into two super modern dances and all their hard work showed in their faultless and enthralling performance.

We must give a very special thank you to Miss Lister, Mrs Alexander and Miss Oliver who spent several lunch times and evenings making the beautiful costumes for our dancers. Mrs Mohun’s group (Yrs 4 & 6) wore tee-shirts displaying a ‘world’ motif which complemented their dance ‘Trip Around the World’, while Mrs Tullock’s group (Yrs 3 & 5) wore a tee-shirt displaying huge sparkling shooting stars which represented their theme ‘Follow your Dreams’; these were fabulous outfits and ensured that our pupils were among the most attractively dressed children in the festival.

However it was only through the hard work and dedication shown by Mrs Walls, Mrs Mohun and Mrs Tullock that our children were able to perform two such complex routines so we do thank them for their commitment to this event. We much also thank our parents for allowing their children to participate in the dance club and for ensuring that they were all well prepared for their big event.

Our final thank you must go to all our young dancers who have shown enormous dedication throughout the rehearsals and whose behaviour at the show itself was absolutely impeccable; there were a real credit to our school and we are immensely proud of them all.
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World Book Day

Percy Main celebrates World Book Day in style!

This year is the 20th year of World Book Day - a celebration of authors, illustrators and books. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind which is why it has been designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is now marked in over 100 countries.

Mrs Callaghan kicked off the celebrations with a whole school assembly at the beginning of the week and then on World Book Day itself (Thursday 2nd March) the children and staff dressed up as their favourite book character.

Following catwalk displays of all of the fantastic costumes and sharing of some of our book reviews, prizes were awarded for each class.
Outfits where FANTASTIC... in fact they were so good that some classes simply could not pick 2 winners and had to choose 3 instead!

Our winners were;
N/am: Harvey Guest–Horrid Henry & Teddy Nelson-Stickman
N/pm: Hayden Clarke-Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell & Thomas Chirnside-Mr Tickle
Rec: Cali-Grace Stewart-Queen of Hearts, Mason Bertram–Mr Strong & Maksym Kraszewski–Thomas the Tank Engine
Y1: Addison Johnson-Harry Potter, Tempest Copeland–Harlequin & James Hunter-Gruffalo
Y2: Kaitlin Crow–Cheshire Cat, Amelia Nelson–Stickman and Charlotte O’Donnell-Rainbow Fairy
Y3: Maisie Dent–Hungry Caterpillar, Lilly-Bow Johnson-Queen of Hearts & Harley Hills-Gangster Granny
Y4: Abbie Newby-BFG & Jonathon Hunter- Mouse from The Gruffalo
Y5: Kyle Brown–Peagreen & Holly Brown Medusa
Y6: Scarlet Dent–Pinocchio & Mia-Anne Martin–Mary Poppins

These children all received a lovely book; but actually all our children were winners as they all received a £1.00 book token and, most importantly, had a fantastic day.

Many thanks to everyone who took part and a HUGE to all the families who helped the children dress up making this a very special occasion throughout our school.

Please check out our winners photos below and visit class gallery pages to see even more fantastic photographs!

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Family Learning Fun

On World Book Day we held two very successful Family Learning Sessions in association with the Adult Learning Alliance; one in the morning and one in the  afternoon.  Fifteen parents joined us for each session and worked with their child or children to create a range of artwork and stories inspired by super heroes.

It is always enormously beneficial for children’s self-esteem if their parents/carers show an interest in their education; it raises children’s aspirations and increases their motivation towards learning.  It is also helpful for parents/carers as it gives them an insight into their child’s education and development. 

As many parents were disappointed when they did not get a place on these workshops, Mrs Callaghan is currently working with Paul Surtees (Family & Community Learning Programme Coordinator) to organise a series of family sessions around reading. Further information will be sent out as soon as she has the full details.
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Reading Rewards

As part of our drive to promote reading for pleasure and improving standards for reading across the school, we introduced a number of new initiatives and rewards earlier this term.

Lots of our children have been busy reading and earning ‘Golden Tickets’. Prizes were awarded to the following pupils in a special assembly  in recognition of the improvements they have made with their reading:

Max Kraszewski – Reception
Cole Downey – Year 1
Charlotte O’Donnell – Year 2
Harvey Johnson – Year 3
Abi-Louise Turnbull – Year 4
Lauren Grant – Year 5
Benjamin Malundama – Year 6.

Prizes and a special invitation to a ‘Mad Hatter’s’ Tea Party with Mrs Callaghan were given to the following pupils as a reward for being the ‘Most Frequent Reader’ in their class this half term:

James Ewen – Reception
Tom Little – Year 1
Kaitlin Crow – Year 2
Maisie Dent – Year 3
Holly Moor – Year 4
Corey-Lee Blake Wilson – Year 5
Brooklyn Downey – Year 6.

‘Winning’ Golden ticket were also chosen at random and prizes were awarded to the following pupils:
Rona Neish - Reception
Liberty Copeland - Year 1
Freya Large - Year 2
Demi Smith - Year 3
Tempect Copeland - Year 4
Mollie Binns - Year 5
Ben Taylor - Yr 6

Thank you to all of our families who have supported us by reading regularly with their children at home and helping us to raise the profile of reading for pleasure. Your support and encouragement is vital.

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Reading for Pleasure!

It seems that everybody is at it! Whether it is a book or two over the weekend, a chapter before bed or a sneaky few pages at lunchtime, everyone at Percy Main has really caught the reading bug!

At Percy Main we are committed to promoting a love of reading. While we all know that learning discrete reading skills is vital, recent research into reading shows that developing positive attitudes towards reading can also play a key role in children’s development. This research also shows that reading for pleasure has a positive impact 
on children’s attainment not just in reading but throughout the curriculum.

Through our whole school approaches to reading we aim to make our pupils competent in the skill of reading and understanding what they have read and empower our pupils to love and appreciate reading for life.

Why not get involved? Tweet us your pictures of you reading when ever and where ever...
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Chronicle Champion Award Winner

A huge congratulations to Miss Brownrigg who won the Champion Teacher Award at The Chronicle Champions 2016 Awards.

Nominations had poured in for heroes of the community and on Thursday night at The Chronicle Champions Awards,  those who make a difference to so many lives were recognised.

The ceremony, held at Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory, paid tribute to the inspirational people who overcome adversity, sacrifice their time to help others and act as an inspiration to us all.

Heroic parents, devoted teachers, caring businesses and young role models were just some of those who were recognised for making the region such a great place to live.

Mrs Callaghan and Mrs Whittle joined Miss Brownrigg at the ceremony and were over the moon when her name was announced as the winner! This is a fantastic achievement for Miss Brownrigg, recognising the many years of hardwork and time she has put into developing our school and enhancing the lives of our pupils.

As well as winning the Champion Teacher category, Miss Brownrigg was also runner up in the Green Award category...another amazing achievement.

Check out the full story and more photos at:

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Roald Dahl Day

We had great fun celebrating Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. Many of the children came to school dressed as a character from one of Roald Dahl’s famous books. We had characters from Willie Wonkers Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits, The BFG and George’s Marvellous Medicine to name but a few of the books that were represented. The children’s costumes were ‘splendiferous’ and those pupils who did not want to wear fancy dress came to school dressed in Roald Dahl’s favourite colour ‘Phizz-Whizzing’ Yellow.

There were lots of fun and games in the classes and everyone was delighted when Mr Chris Callaghan, our very own local author who wrote ‘The Great Chocoplot’, came along to work with each class.

It was extremely hard to choose the winners of the fancy dress competition, but after much deliberation the following pupils were judged the overall winners;
KS1 - Kody Shergold (Y1) - Grandpa
Karras Guillemain (Y2) - Verruca Salt
KS2 - Owen Hodgson (Y6) - Mike Teavee
Lilly-Bow Johnson (Y3) Violet Beauregarde

Best of all, in addition to all this fun we managed to raise a whopping £124 for Roald Dahl’s Children’s Charity. CONGRATULATIONS to all our winners who each received a £10 Amazon voucher, and VERY WELL DONE to everyone who joined in the fun and made this a very ‘Gloriumptious’ day.
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Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Last Saturday our pupils ‘stole the show’ in the opening parade of the Mouth of The Tyne festival as they proudly marched behind our fantastic banner. The theme of this year’s parade was Rio & Carnival and, despite the dull weather, there was nothing dull about our pupils’ performance. Our Year 5 pupils played the samba drums while our Year 1 pupils accompanied them on the percussion instruments keeping perfect rhythm for the full duration of the parade.

A very big thank you to all the parents who brought the children along on Saturday morning not forgetting our staff who helped on the day. However a very special thank you has to go to Susie Jones, our brilliant music teacher, for organising and co-ordinating the entire event.
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Dexter comes to visit!

We all got a fantastic surprise when we came out of school on Tuesday 24th May...Dexter the Dragon was waiting for us in the playground!

Dexter had come along to tell us about a fantastic free event at Tynemouth Pool during half term. Between 4:30 and 5:30pm on Friday 27th May, children aged 8 - 15 years can be the first to try out the 'Tynemouth Destroyer' (a brand new, dual run inflatable)!

Why not go along and be the first to challenge your friends - do you have what it takes to make it to the end?

To find out more visit:


Robin Wood 2016

We are incredibly proud, again, of all the pupils we took to Robin Wood this year! Both the pupils and staff had an amazing time! They all supported each other and got stuck in to make the best of the experience.

The activities included caving, piranha pool, zip wire, night line, archery, crate challenge, climbing wall, canoeing, trapeze, dungeon of doom and the dragon’s quest.

They also did a ‘team challenge’ (children against staff). The pupil’s behaviour was excellent and we received many positive comments from the centre’s staff. All our staff participated fully in the challenges, leading by example, which encouraged the children to make the most of this wonderful adventure.

The children's resilience, resourcefullness, perseverant and collaboration were fantastic...they did themselves and our school proud!

Here is a selection of photographs from the weekend:


As a Green Ambassador Champion School, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have chosen our school to help rasie awareness of environmental issues. In recognition of being one of their top 5 schools to promote ecological awareness in and around our school, Hilary the Panda was sent to us!

We showed him around and he met many of our fantastic children. He then posed for selfies before we sent him on his travels to Aragon Primary School in London.

Check out our Eco School page to see the photos:


World Book Day 2016

On Thursday 3rd March, we celebrated World Book Day by welcoming a special vistor into school. Local author, Chris Callaghan, joined the children in Year Three for the day to celebrate the publication of his first children's book, The Great Chocoplot, and to help the children revel in World Book Day linked activities.

To tie in with the book release, the children in Year Three came to school dressed in costumes inspired by chocolate. We had a fantastic assortment of purple and golds, as well as an amazing selection of chocolate bars! Thank you very much to all of our families who helped to make such amazing costumes.

During the course of the day, the children took part in many chocolately activities. They created their own chocolate bars which were turned into bookmarks, they analyised the characters in The Great Chocoplot by completing Field of White activities, considered what life might be like it the chocopocalypse happened (eg, if there was no more chocolate...ever!) and were treated to a number of reading of extracts from The Great Chocoplot.
In the afternoon, the children were treated to a chocolate tea party and also had the chance to have their complementary copy of The Great Chocoplot personally signed by the author. The children were then given the opportunity to ask Chris questions about his book and the writing process.
The children also had great fun posing with their 'Chocolate Panic Face'.

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It was a fantastic day and we would like to thank Chris for celebrating the launch of his book with us.

To find out more about our fantastic day, please click on the links below:
As a school, we had great fun celebrating World Book Day again this year.

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it's a celebration of reading. In fact, it's the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Thank you very much to all of our parents and carers who helped to make, glue and stick such a fantastic array of costumes.

We had a fantastic day reading lots of great stories and undertaking a range of activities to promote reading for pleaseure.

Visit our class Gallery pages to see more photos.
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No Pens Wednesday

Great Chocoplot
Today (Wednesday 7th October) we took part No Pens Wednesday! This is an initiavtive run by The Communication Trust. It  encourages schools and other educational settings to put down their pens and hold a day of speaking and listening activities.

In support of this, we did exactly that! We found many alternative ways of recording our learning. These included collaborating to retell stories in a storyboard using off-cuts of wood, creating hands-on Maths equations, playing games and phonics with magnetic letters.


Dahlicious Dress Up Day

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In support of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity, the children were invited to donate £1 to come to school dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character or in yellow (Roald Dahl's favourire colour).

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity helps to make life better for seriously ill children in the UK.

Thank you very much to all of the parents who created and bought costumes and to everyone who donated and helped us raise a fantastic amount of money again this year..

Please check out Year Group Gallery pages for more photos.

Newsletter 500!

Today our children went home with something very special and prestigious....Newsletter 500!


Each week Mrs McKenzie toils away for hours on end, gathering the latest news and happenings of Percy Main Primary School. She paces the corridor, every Wednesday, looking for staff to provide her with information, updates and a quick quote to add to the fantastic, entertaining and informative stories she has squeezed onto the two sides of A4! She then spends hours (both in school and at home) adding humour, catchy headlines and a suitable clip art image!


We are sure you will join all of the staff in giving Mrs McKenzie a huge and thoroughly deserved THANK YOU for the time and commitment she has given over the past 13 years (yes....they have really been going for that long!!) to keep us up-to-date and informed. 

So 'put your feet up, make a cup of tea and enjoy this week's monumental read'.

To read Issue 1 from 31st October 2002, please click on the link below:



Percy Main gains Gold from the Woodland Trust!


Percy Main has been awarded the Green Tree Gold Award by the Woodland Trust for getting involved in green activities including tree planting, visiting a local woodland, reducing carbon emissions and recycling.


The Green Tree Schools initiative, which has seen over 7,000 schools sign up since it was launched in 2008 offers the opportunity to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom.


Schools win awards for participating in green activities, which include tree planting, reducing carbon emissions and recycling. We have planted new trees in their school grounds, creating Crumble Orchard; visited local woods; reduced their carbon emissions; presented an assembly and joined in with lots of other Woodland Trust activities.

Karen Letten, Woodland Trust schools communications manager, added: “The scheme promotes a range of opportunities, each designed to stimulate a child’s imagination and sustain their interest in woods and trees. The achievements of the school are recognised through an awards scheme in which they receive points for taking part in activities. As they reach milestones within the project they will receive bronze, silver and finally an attractive wooden plaque which acknowledges they’ve achieved the environmental accolade of a gold award.”


The Woodland Trust’s vision is a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed by everyone. The charity is dedicated to creating new woodland with help from communities and schools, and protecting and restoring ancient woodland for future generations to cherish.

At Percy Main we now have our sights firmly set on achieving the Platinum Award...so watch this space!

To find out more visit:


Robinwood 2015

We are incredibly proud of all the pupils we took to Robin Wood in March; they had an amazing time! They all supported each other and got stuck in to make the best of the experience. The activities included caving, piranha pool, zip wire, night line, archery, crate challenge, climbing wall, canoeing, trapeze, dungeon of doom and the dragon’s quest.

They also did a ‘team challenge’ (children against staff). The pupil’s behaviour was excellent; there were no names in the night staff’s ‘blue book’ and we received many positive comments from the centre’s staff. All our staff participated fully in the challenges, leading by example, which encouraged the children to make the most of this wonderful adventure. 

A special Robin Wood Assembly was held on May 1st to celebrate the pupil’s achievements.

Here is a selection of photographs from the weekend:

Red Nose Day 2015

Our Red Nose Day fund raising was an AMAZING SUCCESS!

Thank you very much to everyone who had 'made their face funny for money'! This super day was only made possible because of the commitment of the staff who helped organise the day, and the support of everyone who participated in the events and/or donated money. But perhaps the BIGGEST THANK YOU must go to all the parents/carers who bought the red noses, helped the children paint their faces and dress up in something red. Your enthusiasm made this a really special event.

We purchased 320 Red Noses (£1.00 each) and every single one was snapped up. So this, together with the £120.00 raised from ‘Paint your Face Funny for Money’, meant that we raised a magnificent £440.00 for the charity. But the day was not all about raising money, it was also about having lots of fun. The Percy Main’s Got Talent competition was fantastic with the children proving beyond a shadow of doubt that they have talent in abundance.

Our kitchen staff also joined in the fun by preparing some very special Red Nose Day Pepperoni Pizzas (the Pepperoni was the nose!) and made some delicious Raspberry Biscuits complete with a Red Nose Day cake topper and, for that finishing touch, they even decorated the servery with Red Nose Day balloons.

World Book Day 2015

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On Thursday 5th March we celebrated World Book Day! This is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it's a celebration of reading. In fact, it's the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

Thank you very much to all of our parents and carers who helped to make, glue and stick such a fantastic array of costumes.

We had a fantastic day reading lots of great stories and undertaking a range of activities to promote reading for pleaseure.

Visit our class Gallery pages to see more photos.

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Christmas Jumper Day 2014

On Friday 12th December the whole school 'made the world better with a sweater' by wearing Christmas jumpers for the day for a donation of £1!

All money raised goes to Save the Children and this year the government will double the money - matching every pound given!

Please visit class Gallery pages for more photos of this great day!


Children in Need 2014

On Friday 14th November 2014 we showed our support for Children in Need by coming to school dressed as superheroes. Our school was full of Supermen, Spidermen, Batmen and many other superheroes.

Thank you very much to parents and carers for providing costumes and making donations to this very special cause.

Walk Once a Week...Strider Visit

On Wednesday 12th November we welcomed Russell Cave (Living Streets, Tyne and Wear Project Co-ordinator) and Strider to our school. They greeted the children at the gate, handing out WoW badges alongside Miss Brownrigg our HLTA and Eco-School Co-ordinator) and Holly our Green Ambassdor for Travel. Ruseel then held an assembly to explain and discuss the many benefits of walking to school.

Check out our Eco-School Programme page for more photos:

Dahlicious Day

The Dahlicious Dress Up Day is a fun-filled fancy dress day in aid of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. Children were invited to donate £1 to come to school dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character or in yellow (Roald Dahl's favourire colour).

Prizes were given for the most creative and imaginative costumes! Key Stage One winners were: Maisie who came dressed as the BFG, complete with Sophia and a jar of dreams and Corey who came dressed as one of Willy Wonka's Golden Tickets! In Key Stage Two the winners were: Scarlet who came dressed as Mrs Twit and Joshua who came as Granpa Joe!

Thank you very much to all of the parents who created and bought costumes and to everyone who donated and helped us raise a fantastic £143.00.

Please check out Year Group Gallery pages for more photos.

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Chairman of North Tyneside Council's Commendation Scheme

In June 2014 our Green Abassadors were successfully nominated by Zoe Frazer to receive a General Commendation Award as part of the Charirman of North Tyneside Council's Commendation Scheme.

This commendation was in recognition of the unselfish volunteering of their time to make a significant personal contribution to their local community.

The presentaion took place on 26th June in the Council Chambers. Our team of Green Ambassadors, accompanied by Miss Brownrigg, Mrs Callaghan and Miss Newby had a great evening mingling with other successful recipients. The pupils did us proud!

Grand Opening of the Key Stage One Storytelling Area

An unused area of school has been totally transformed thanks to the world of the storyteller!

A Key Stage One storytelling area has been created with fantastic images featuring a huge storytelling tree and storyteller's chair which is the focal point of the area.  Children have expressed many positive comments about the new area such as;

“It’s the atmosphere that the storytelling area creates that makes it magical.”

"Although it might be in my imagination sitting here makes my new world come alive."

"It leads me into the story and I feel I want to dance through the world that I find myself in.”

We commissioned a costume designer to create the storyteller’s cape and a professional storyteller, Mr Chris Bostock, will be visiting the school on Wednesday 2nd April to share his storytelling experiences with the children and their parents. He will also officially open the new area.

The storytelling area opens up a whole new world for all those who visit it.  The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell the listener how to think, but rather to give the audience questions to think upon.  We are confident that this newly decorated storytelling area will quickly become a very popular and valuable source of inspiration for the children.

A huge thank you to Mrs Whittle and Miss Brownrigg who have spent hours painting, sewing and transforming this area for the children.

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Kate Greenaway Medal 2014

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win' - it is the gold standard in children's literature.

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Each year we  'shadow' the award judges by reading the shortlisted books, writing reviews and debating which books we think should win.

Please click on the link below to see this year's shortlist:


Shakespeare Week 17th - 21st March 2014

Shakespeare Week is a new national, annual celebration, to inspire primary school children through creative and cultural learning experiences. It will give primary school children the opportunity to be inspired by Shakespeare’s stories, language and heritage.

The first Shakespeare Week will be celebrated in 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

This week we had great fun celebrating 'The Bard os Avon's 450th birthday. Shakesperian activities have featured right across the school.

Year 1 read an age appropriate version of Macbeth and considered the witches spells. They then wrote their own spell and made some beautiful spider’s webs which any would-be witch would be proud of.

Year 2 read Macbeth and then wrote their own versions of the witches spell, they also read King Lear, innovated the study and then drew a study map for it and are now using the film ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ in Literacy having discussed the original Shakespeare version first.

Year 3 looked at ‘double, double, toil and trouble’ which was the witches spell in Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’.

Year 4 have written their own book about Will, created a special Shakespeare sonnet, devised a book of mystical spells for Macbeths scary witches to use and even ‘pounced a portrait’ of the great man himself.

Years 5 & 6 wrote a rap called ‘Will’s wonderful words, that really have to be heard!’, bringing Mister Will-e-am into the 21st century.

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