September 2020


Secondary School Students Community Feedback

9/29/2020

Community Feedback from our secondary school students for weeks two and three of our distance learning program.

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AlumniTalks - Giacomo and Luka

9/28/2020

Dear Nova community, today we share with you the fourth episode from our AlumniTalks video chats. The idea behind this project is to provide a platform for discussions between our student and alumni community. In this episode we are focusing on the education and career path of Giacomo Bagarella, who graduated from Nova in 2009 and then attended Harvard University, where he studied Government and Psychology. He works for HR&A Advisors, a U.S.-based consulting firm that advises governments, private companies, and nonprofit institutions about urban and economic development projects. There, he specializes in urban technology and innovation and in economic development. Giacomo has also worked in government in Massachusetts, New York City, and London, and has a joint Master of Public Policy from the London School of Economics and National University of Singapore.

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PTA, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day

9/28/2020

Last week at Nova the smell of popcorn was in the air. On behalf of parents and students, our Nova PTA shared their appreciation for faculty and staff for all their hard work and dedication over the first 4 weeks of school. You could see their smiles through their masks. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Opening of the photovoltaic plant in Nova

9/25/2020

Yesterday, Nova International Schools hosted a small ceremony to mark the official opening of the photovoltaic plant installed on our campus rooftops. This project will lead the way for Nova to transition towards a more eco-friendly school. In the past several years, as a part of our Nova Green Initiative projects we have implemented: water filtration stations and renewable water containers, paper and plastic recycling, battery and e-waste management. We are doing our small part in lowering our carbon footprint, and educating our students to their own impact and contribution to overall sustainability. Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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Opening of the photovoltaic plant in Nova in the Media

9/25/2020

                       

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Benefits from installing a photovoltaic plant in #Nova

9/25/2020

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AlumniTalks - Nikola and Sara

9/21/2020

Dear Nova community, today we share with you the third episode (a two-part video) from our AlumniTalks video chats. The idea behind this project is to provide a platform for discussions between our student and alumni community. In this episode we are focusing on the education and career path of Nikola Danev, a Nova alum with a BA in Biology from Columbia and currently a PhD student at Cornell in the field of Genetics, Genomics and Development. Nikola was also the Director and Chief of Operations of Columbia University's ambulance for 2 years, and as such was in charge of the emergency medical responses around Columbia and in the general Harlem area. The student interviewing Nikola is Sara Golakova, one of our 11th grade students. Part 1 of the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h_IJpn8yfo&feature=youtu.be Part 2 of the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_rH-FqGHtI&feature=youtu.be

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Second Community Meet

9/21/2020

Dear #Nova community, we proudly announce our second #CommunityMeet, this time on the topic of 'The role of SEL and Academic Counseling in Upper Secondary'. So make sure you join the presentation tomorrow, September 22nd from 3pm. The Google Meet links are available to the members of our community.

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2.0 Nova Community Day

9/17/2020

Dear Nova Community, this Wednesday (September 16), we organized our second School Community Day, this time around the concept of #Movement. Our grade 9-10 students were invited to take part in a hike to Middle Vodno, which began and ended at Nova. More than 60 students took part in this activity and enjoyed the hike/companionship. A second group of more than 70 students from our grades 6-8 students joined us on campus and participated in other Movement activities: a ping pong tournament, rope skipping, standing long jump, and going through an obstacle course. Our faculty and staff joined in on the activities, chaperoned the students, and made this day a reality. Big thanks to all on their involvement and participation.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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[Suggestions] Tech tools for distance learning

9/16/2020

Written by: Amanda Leavitt, Nova's MYP Coordinator.  Amanda is a professional educator with over 20 years of experience, teaching middle school students, on four different continents.  She holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Tech tools for distance learning. 2020/2021 will prove to be a transformative year in education. One of the positive aspects of the current pandemic is that it has forced the global community to take a hard look at education. The current model, what can be termed the factory model, emerged in the late 18th century and hasn’t changed much since then. Our current model is focused on age based grouping, a top down management system, a schedule that mimics the adult working day, complete with factory bells signalling when breaks occur, and a focus on content rather than concepts. We have an opportunity to reimagine the current model and focus on how we can make education better. Distance learning provides us with that opportunity. Distance learning requires a different approach and work pattern for teachers. More time is spent planning and creating learning experiences than delivering content. For distance learning to be successful teachers need tools to create and deliver high quality experiences. These experiences do not have to be synchronous to be meaningful. Here are five great free tools that will support teachers in creating and delivering content. EdModo (new.edmodo.com) EdModo is a great, free, learning management system that goes beyond Google Classroom and is accessible even if your school doesn’t issue student emails through Gmail. Edmodo allows teachers to create an organized platform of resources, assignments and more. It has all of the features of Google Classroom and more. Edmodo has partnered with a wide variety of other apps to embed them into the digital classroom. You can easily assign Math and Science, and English content through the CK12 Edmodo app, Desmos, Jump Start Activity Center and 100’s of others. More importantly, EdModo created communities of practice, where teachers from around the world collaborate and share resources and ideas. They have a discovery section full of curated resources, discussion threads and resource banks. For teachers struggling with distance learning, EdModo has an entire collection of resources to support you, including schedules and workflow, professional development videos on tech tools and more. ThingLink (thinglink.com) Thinking link is a great tool for creating a rich multimedia experience. In a nutshell teachers can upload any image they want. From there they can embed additional video, audio, and visual explanations. It is a great tool for teaching Math, Science and historical concepts that have multiple steps or layers. For example, a math teacher can upload a picture of a completed problem. They can then embed video tutorials of all of the steps, sound recordings and more directly onto the problem. The platform is linked to Youtube, Google Maps, Soundcloud and other great sources for information. It also includes a resource bank of community thinglinks that can be copied and adjusted. EdPuzzle (edpuzzle.com) EdPuzzle is one of the most powerful tools for delivering content in a distance learning environment. EdPuzzle takes any video and makes it interactive. Teachers embed questions into videos. These can be short answers, multiple choice or free response questions. It works asynchronously and synchronously. With the live class option, it creates a synchronous lesson that allows students to pause the video and pose questions in the chat, teachers can pause and take instant polls, check for understanding and more. It provides data reports on student answers and engagement during the live lesson. In terms of asynchronous learning, it tracks the amount of time spent watching the video, records student answers to questions and if the student switches tabs then the video stops playing. The free account includes up to 20 videos. Flip Grid (flipgrid.com) Creating community in distance learning scenarios can be challenging. Flip Grid is a great tool, not only for class discussions, but creating community. The concept is simple. Teachers post a discussion topic, which can include a thought provoking image or video. Students then record themselves responding to the discussion prompt and can respond to each other within the thread. The teacher can choose to moderate the videos or allow free posting. It is a closed platform, so students are secure. If students do not have a school email address, teachers can create individual accounts and usernames for them. Decktoys (deck.toys) Decktoys is a powerful platform for delivering asynchronous learning that differentiates for all students. Designed to mimic a traditional board game, it includes lots of fantastic features. Teachers basically create a map of their unit, with content, activities, and more. They can then add different paths that include more challenging or remediated content. As students travel through the paths, they have automated checks for understanding. Depending on their performance, they then travel different paths the teacher has created. While time consuming to set up, the platform allows for a completely asynchronous high quality experience. It provides teachers with a wealth of data.    

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After School and Language Institute Activities Presentation

9/14/2020

We are happy to announce that the Virtual ASA program will start today, Monday September 14th.The Traditional ASA Fair can't be held due to the new Covid - 19 related circumstances and distance protocols. Please watch the ASA & Language Institute video presentation for a chance to hear from instructors and their assistants more specifically about their activity.

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Inaugural School Community Day

9/10/2020

The Secondary School at NOVA welcomes its inaugural School Community Day by bringing students back to campus. The day began with a light-hearted and good natured event themed around pet ownership, with new students and students in grades 6 and 9 being invited on campus with their pets. Students and faculty alike were involved in the morning's events, which included a dog talent competition.The afternoon was marked by NOVA's first ever GSA club meeting, which was attended by nearly 30 students.NOVA's new School Community Days, which are a response to the need to provide meaningful and safe opportunities for student interaction, wll be occuring every Wednesday so long as Online Learning continues.  Check out the photo gallery from the event here

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First week of Secondary School during Distance Learning Survey Feedback

9/10/2020

Dear NOVA community, we are sharing highlights from our survey on the first week of school during the distance learning, for our secondary school.

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AlumniTalks - Julia and Sare

9/9/2020

Dear #Nova community, today we are sharing with you the second episode (a two part video) from our #AlumniTalks video chats. The idea behind this project is to provide a platform for discussions between our student and alumni community. In this episode we are focusing on the education and career paths of Nova alums, and the speaker is: Julia Wohlers, a Nova alum, that now works as the founder and editor at ‘Brand of People Magazine’. The student interviewing Mr. Wohlers is Sare Ademoska, one of our 10th grade students that has created the questions and conducted this interview all by herself. Part1:  Part 2:

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AlumniTalks - Dragan and Sara

9/3/2020

Dear #Nova community, today we are sharing with you the first episode from our #AlumniTalks video chats. The idea behind this project is to provide a platform for discussions between our student and alumni community. In our first episode we are focusing on 'service learning' and 'community work', and the speaker is: Dragan Markovski, a Nova alum, former colleague of ours who worked as the 'Community Action Service' coordinator at Nova, and now works as the Regional Manager for Peace Corps. The student interviewing Mr. Markovski is Sara Golakova, one of our 10th grade students that has been involved in our community service program and has made herself an integral part of it.

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(Testimonials) Professional Development: Radica Jovanovski

9/1/2020

Radica Jovanovski has been teaching grades K-5 for the past 15 years. This year she is a part of the 4th Grade team teaching Numeracy, Literacy and Integrated Studies. On this link you can find the presentation Radica prepared about her professional development over this summer. Click on this image to view the presentation.

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August 2020


Meet Simona Naumoska our new SS Math Teacher

8/31/2020

Hello #NOVA community, My name is Simona, I am 24 years old and my home town is Struga. I am living in Skopje for 6 years but I go to Struga and enjoy the lake every chance I get. I am an electrical engineer, with passion for reading, writing and swimming. I will be the new MS math teacher and I am very excited to be joining NOVA this school year. My family values education so much, so I always saw education as a privilege and to be given the opportunity to be an educator is such a pleasure. I attempt to teach with a passion for my subject so that my students develop a desire to become life-long learners. Thank you so much for the warm welcome! I am so looking forward to working here and getting to know everyone a little bit better.

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(Testimonials) #NOVA Professional Development Opportunities - Julija Krstevska

8/31/2020

Dear #Nova community, today we are sharing with you another video testimonial from our faculty members about the Professional Development opportunities in Nova for the academic 2020/2021. This time we are welcoming our English Language Arts Teacher Ms. Julija Krstevska, who shares her experience of participating in the July professional development training titled: Deep Dive Into Virtual Learning, particularly designed for English Language and Art educators.

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(Testimonials) MYP Professional Development - Ana Hrstiova

8/31/2020

Completing the IB MYP training was an opener to a wonderful world and I’m grateful for the opportunity to become a part of the MYP educational mission. What I love about IB is that it promotes constant and consistent development, international mindedness, inquiry and concept based learning. This program is focused on disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning which helps students connect what they learned with the world around them. It brings progress and gives space for creativity to both teachers and students. What I also appreciate in IB is the fact that the assessment here is a process, and that this program prepares students for their further education and for being lifelong learners. I look forward to implementing this with my students and keep on using music as an international language of communication in the world. Ana Hristova - Secondary School Music teacher

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[Ceremony] 10 & 20 years of service in Nova

8/28/2020

Dear community, yesterday we were reminded again that ‘alone we can do so little, together we can do so much’. In a small but emotional ceremony in our HS backyard we honored the people that have shaped this community and influenced it in its core.Dalibor Arsovski, Vase Despotovska, Tatjana B. Eftimoska, and Natasha Stojanovska received their recognition for 20 years of service in #Nova.Filip Nikolovski, Iva Ristovska, Goran Krkovski, Sonja Gjurevska, Silvana Stojchevska, Angjelkovska Lin; Shi-Ju (Kay) received their recognition for 10 years of service in #Nova.We are proud of the work our colleagues have done over the years, and we are happy to call them friends, and members of our community.Enjoy the gallery of photos from the event. (link)

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Meet Kimberly Fry our new Social studies Teacher

8/27/2020

Hi! My name is Kimberly Fry and I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. I am from the States, specifically from Vermont, and I just arrived in Skopje at the beginning of August with my family. I am very excited to be teaching energetic adolescents and to be teaching social studies during this time when understanding different cultures and perspectives is more relevant than ever! I love to swim, run, hike, and just explore the outdoors. This is my first international teaching experience, and I am very eager to get to know all of you and to be immersed in the Macedonian culture.

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(Testimonials) #NOVA Professional Development Opportunities - Biljana Dalcheska

8/27/2020

ake a look at this video created by our English Language and Literature Teacher, Ms. Dalcheska on her recent PD opportunity. Education has experienced many changes especially with the development of technology but this latest challenge with virtual learning has impacted everyone involved in learning and teaching. We can only assume what it takes educators now with distance schooling to provide the best learning environment for our children. That is why, regardless how experienced they are, teaching professionals are always thankful for every opportunity for professional development. This July, Nova International Schools provided for its English Language teachers to take part in an excellent training session entitled Deep Dive into Virtual Learning specially designed for English Language Arts educators by International Schools Services. It was an amazing opportunity to explore new ways to nurture students’ learning in online contexts and their content area experts shared practical ideas and solutions to support online language teaching as well as strategies and methods to refer to synchronous, asynchronous and hybrid learning, formative and summative assessments, activities and feedback that encourage and promote further learning.

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Meet Boban Kostadinovski our new SS Math Teacher

8/26/2020

"Teaching has always been my passion, the reason why I decided to dedicate myself to become a math teacher. Over the last 9 years’ I’ve gained international experience working with institutions focused on developing and implementing advanced educational programs across the globe. Possibility to make changes, provide positive impact, leading to increased efficiency in the overall learning process has always inspired me and has been the main motivation factor throughout my career. Therefore, I am excited to bring my passions, skills and experience to contribute to development of new ways of teaching to Nova International School, leading to student’s success in learning and enriching their knowledge.'

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Meet Jasmina Todorovska our new SS Art Teacher

8/24/2020

I’m a site-specific artist and a teacher. I graduated with two bachelor’s in Comparative Literature and Visual Art- Department of Painting at the University here in Skopje. I have been working in the fields of multimedia art through various methods as a: subjective mapping, storytelling, and sound portraits. I’ve been part of the various exhibitions, residency, workshops, in India, France, Balkans... I’m exploring the possibilities of using art as an educational tool as well as an effective tool for communication, inclusion, and self-development.

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(Testimonials) NOVA Professional Development Opportunities - Iva Mickovska

8/21/2020

Take a look at this video created by our English Language and Literature Teacher, Ms. Mickovska on her recent PD opportunity. Here is Ms. Mickovska's impression of this PD opportunity: The workshop I attended this summer, titled "Deep Dive", encompassed five Modulars:    -Pedagogical Approaches to Online Learning    -Assessment of Online Learning    -Building Community and Engagement Online    -Grading and Reporting of Online Learning    -Resources and Tools for Online Learning. Its primary focus was the SAMR model, i.e. how technology can act as a direct tool substitute (Substitution), as a direct tool substitute with functional improvement (Augmentation); as an authentic task redesign (Modification); and as a creator of new tasks, previously inconceivable (Redefinition). In addition, by understanding the difference between synchronous, asynchronous, and hybrid learning, I now feel more confident to embrace the challenges of the new academic year, as this experience is not unique to us, but the entire world is revisiting the new teaching strategies and finding ways to grapple the uncertainty of the "new normal." What is essential for us as educators is to delineate new methods in order to engage and enthuse students in a virtual modality; to be more flexible and differentiate wisely; to build relationships and nurture them; and to compile a list of resources that will enhance the creativity and keep the students motivated.

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Meet Hristina Cvetanoska our ES Macedonian language and culture Teacher

8/21/2020

Hi, I am Hristina Cvetanoska, the new Macedonian Language and Culture teacher. I graduated Acting at FDA in Skopje, as well as Italian language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology “Blazhe Koneski”. Recently, I’ve completed my MA in Theatre Studies. I am a passionate reader, I love singing and dancing, I enjoy painting and I write poetry. Until now I have one book published - „Решетки и други заблуди“ (Grids and other delusions), awarded with “Karamanov” in 2015 at the traditional Karamanov poetry meetings. I love the mountains and my new challenge for this year would be – hiking J So, whoever finds this interesting - please feel free to join me in this activity, I will be more than delighted!

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Meet Kristine Burns our new School Nurse

8/20/2020

My name is Kristine Burns, your newest school nurse in campus. I will be working alongside Nurse Sandey and Nurse Anila to keep our NOVA students safe and healthy during this challenging academic year. I believe that our children need to learn how to be healthy, because they need to be healthy in order to learn.

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Meet Ryan Craft our new SS Science Teacher

8/19/2020

My name is Ryan Craft and I am a first year science instructor. My background is in behavioral neuroscience research and I have a fascination with learning and memory as well as the biological and chemical principles that occur in the brain. I'm looking forward to beginning the new school year and helping students develop an understanding of scientific principles.

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Our preparations for the Blended Learning model

8/17/2020

Dear Nova community, our re-opening plan for the school and our risk assessment matrix predicts three possible levels for the beginning of the academic year. Level 1 or the low risk level means that the school would be able to open using a regular schedule, Level 2 or a medium risk would mean that the school moves to a blended learning model, and Level 3 or high risk would mean that we are fully transitioning to distance learning.With this gallery we would like to share some of our preparations for the possibility of a Level 2 or a medium risk scenario, where the school moves to a blended learning model.In this model we will operate under the principles of:- Promoting health screening and healthy hygiene practices- Adjusting activities and procedures to limit the amount of personal interactions- Intensifying cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation of facilities- Communicating the safety protocols and procedures with the community- Encouraging physical distancing and reducing density Photo gallery link: Our preparations for the Blended Learning model

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New Faculty and Staff Orientation

8/13/2020

On Thursday, August 13th, NOVA welcomed new faculty and staff on campus for an outdoor welcoming ceremony and first day of orientation. Our group of new community members included 7 who were present in person, and two who were present virtually on a computer. School leadership and administration arranged an outdoor welcoming session, a campus tour, and outdoor & physically distanced luncheon. Our new community members arrived with full knowledge of our safety measures, and respected the safety protocol to the maximum throughout the day. After the morning session and lunch, orientation progressed to the virtual format. Organizers of the orientation day led new faculty and staff to separate rooms, after which a series of online meetings took place further to introduce new community members to their more established colleagues. Orientation for new faculty continues on Friday, taking place entirely online, with participants logging on either from the comfort of home or in separate and isolated spaces on campus. Though the "new normal" of the pandemic may be disruptive, NOVA stands ready to welcome and ready its newest members under the safest conditions possible. Check out the photo gallery from the orientation here

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July 2020


SHAKESPEARE -19 MS Drama Performance will air on Nasa TV

7/7/2020

We’re thrilled to announce that SHAKESPEARE -19 MS Drama Performance will be aired on July 9th, from 8:30 pm on Nasha TV. It will be rebroadcasted on July 10th, from 13:10 pm, July 11th, from 6:10 pm and July 12th, from 4:10 pm. Let your friends and family know so they can watch this amazing drama performance.

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HS Band end of Year Concert will air on Nasa TV

7/7/2020

We’re thrilled to announce that HS Band end of Year Concert will be aired on July 10th, from 7:30 pm on Nasa TV. It will be rebroadcasted on July 11th, from 7:30 am, July 11th, from 3:45 pm and July 12th, from 11:10 am.  Let your friends and family know so they can watch this amazing concert.

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NOVA HS Band End of Year Concert

7/6/2020

On Monday, July 6th at 19:00h make sure you tune in on our social media and watch our Nova HS Band: End of Year Concert. Our entire community will be able to follow this virtual event on #Nova's social media pages:YouTube: https://youtu.be/AMCBjkeviPQFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1669547439866160

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Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony will air on Nasha TV

7/4/2020

We’re happy to announce that Grade 8 Moving Up Ceremony will air on July 5th, from 8:00 pm. It will be rebroadcasted on July 6th, from 11:30 am, July 6th, from 8:30 pm and July 7th, from 3:45 pm. Let your friends and family know so they can watch this amazing ceremony.

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Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony will air on Nasha TV.

7/1/2020

We’re thrilled to announce that Grade 5 Moving Up Ceremony will be aired on July 3rd, from 8:00 pm. It will be rebroadcasted on July 6th, from 7:30 am, July 4th, from 3:40 pm and July 5th, from 11:10 am. Let your friends and family know so they can watch this amazing ceremony. 

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Nova Graduation Ceremony 2020 will air on Nasha TV.

7/1/2020

We’re happy to announce that the Nova Graduation Ceremony 2020 will air on Nasha TV on July 2nd, from 8:30 pm. It will be rebroadcasted on July 3rd, from 13:10 pm, July 4th, from 6:10 pm and July 5th, from 4:10 pm. Let your friends and family know so they can watch this amazing ceremony.

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