The Dragon | Edition Two | 4 March 2022

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Edition Two 04 MARCH 2022


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From the Principal Tina Campbell

Thank you to everyone in the St George’s community for your continued patience and strength in what are unprecedented times. We are striving to manage the variety of restrictions put in place to keep schools safe whilst also aiming to have life as normal as possible for the students in our care. The return of PCG time, albeit in year group clusters, was met with much excitement this week.

jumped on, favourite meals shared and even bedrooms cleaned! It is important to try to keep some regularity to daily routines at this time, establishing good sleep patterns as well as set study times, will be essential. Finding time to exercise is also key to calming the body and mind and will support us all to stay healthy as we manage the demands of these restrictions.

Coping with COVID testing and the associated need to quarantine whilst waiting for results can be particularly stressful, especially as the number of positive cases increase rapidly in Western Australia.

There are a range of breathing exercises on the Smiling Mind App which forms part of the Mindfulness Education Program that seeks to use the tools of mindfulness to help us to manage stress, develop focus and increase our connectiveness is one way of allowing us to relax and unwind currently. Deep breathing stimulates the nervous system which is responsible for regulating our heartbeat, blood flow and digestion. Building healthy minds will undoubtedly help us also not only to survive but to thrive in these unusual times of the COVID pandemic.

You may not be able to determine the results of your test, but you can still undertake to do many things that will help you and your family to manage your reactions and cope positively with the inevitable worrying wait time. Feeling anxious is a common reaction to testing; however, picturing the worst-case scenario is unlikely to be beneficial. Time with family during any period of enforced quarantine can often be great fun. I have reminded the students and my own family of this, although I am not certain that they wholeheartedly believe me. Favourite movies can be watched together, board games can be played, pets pampered, pools swum in, trampolines 1

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The students are wearing their masks well, they are managing the demands of year group cohorting, they realise the importance of good hygiene and have coped admirably with any necessary quarantine period.

Whilst as educators we need to ensure that we maintain our forward planning, what remains of utmost importance is to ensure that we care, support, and check in on each other. We must continue to look out for and look after all members of our School Community as best we can.

Academic staff have work loaded into SEQTA for students needing to study at home and are both contacting students where they can through Direqt Messaging as well as teaching remotely where this has been necessary. Families are using the COVID absence email address to alert us to any concerns, and we are as prepared as we can be as a school.

As we head into a well-deserved long weekend, I thank you all for your kindness. Best regards, Mrs Tina Campbell

Curriculum Update

Type 1 Individual 7-Day Quarantine

Anthony Bochrinis Missed Assessments

Last week, we launched our new missed assessment sessions. These sessions allow all students who are absent on the day of an in-class test to catch up without falling further behind on missed coursework. These sessions run three times a week in Room 1.2 and are supervised by a Head of Learning Area or Subject Co-ordinator. They have been initiated to support students to return to school after any period of illness or misadventure without feeling too overwhelmed in managing the academic needs of their return to class.

Primary Means of Remote Learning: Follow Lesson Plans on SEQTA and Communicate with Teachers via Direqt Message Type 3 Year Level / Large Group 7-Day Quarantine

The steps for our students to follow is shown by the flowchart below. Click to open. Missed Assessments @ St. George’s Steps for a Student If a student is absent on the day of an in-class assessment

Student returns to school within two weeks from assessment date

Student returns to school after two weeks from assessment date

Y10-12 student must email a medical certificate to for absence due to illness or have emailed for absence due to quarantining or COVID sick leave. No evidence for a Y10-12 student may result in a 0 mark.

Student attends missed assessment session within next two opportunities

Task will be either re-weighted or student may be exempt from task

Missed assessments run: Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:30 Wednesdays 3:45 – 4:45 Thursdays 7:30 – 8:30 Supervised in room 1.2

Failed attendance within two missed assessment sessions may result in a 0 mark being awarded

Quarantine FAQs Student receives mark for the missed assessment

Student returns to school after two weeks from assessment date


Teacher/HOLA/HOC/Reception staff to receive any medical certificates or COVID absence notifications and document this on SEQTA for staff to refer to for Y10-12 students. Student attends missed assessment session within next two opportunities

Recently, I have been involved in some great conversations with students and families regarding the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA). To learn more about this WACE graduation requirement, I have shared this quick guide with some students that I would also like to share with our community. Click to open.

Teacher/HOLA to either re-weight task or exempt student from assessment

1. Upon students’ return, teacher informs student of next two available missed assessment sessions. 2. Teacher to complete Missed Assessment form, attach the assessment to it and drop off missed assessment to ground floor reception who will store it for safe keeping. 3. Student to attend supervised missed assessment session. Supervising teacher to return test to teacher’s pidgeon hole. Student receives mark for completed missed assessment

Type 4 Whole School 7-Day Quarantine

Primary Means of Remote Learning: Live Lessons via MS Teams and Communicate with Teachers via Direqt Message

Steps for a Teacher If a student is absent on the day of an in-class assessment

Student returns to school within two weeks from assessment date

Type 2 Small Group 7-Day Quarantine

About the OLNA – Parent Guide

Failed attendance within two missed assessment sessions may result in a 0 mark being awarded

WACE Graduation

If there is a requirement for a student to quarantine, we have four This is also known as graduating from high school at the end of types of student quarantining guidelines under which we operate. Year 12. All students must meet four conditions:

These types of quarantine will have various means of remote 1 learning as summarised in the diagram below:

Literacy and Numeracy Standard

A reminder that the process of notifying that a student has entered2 quarantine is for an email to be sent to covidabsence@stgeorges. For Type 2, 3 or 4 quarantine, an email or Direqt message 3 will be sent home, classifying what type of quarantine a student will need to follow.

Breadth and Depth

Students begin working towards this in Year 9

Students begin working towards this in Year 11 Achievement Standard Students begin working towards this in Year 11 Unit Equivalents


Year 10-12 OLNA

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy & Numeracy) consists of four tests during Years 3, 5, 7 and 9:

OLNA (Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment) is for students to demonstrate the #1 Literacy and Numeracy Standard during Years 10 – 12 if they did not meet this standard in all three tests in Year 9 NAPLAN.






Language Conventions



To meet #1 Literacy and Numeracy Standard, a student in Year 9 must achieve Band 8 or higher in these three tests:





Students have six chances to pass the OLNA in all three tests: Year 10

2 Chances

Year 11

2 Chances

Year 12

2 Chances

OLNA tests run in March and September every year.

In each OLNA attempt, students are given a score out of three: 3

OLNA Passed: #1 Literacy and Numeracy standard has been met

4 I hope this helps to clarify3some of the rationale behind OLNA and Students begin working towards this in Year 11

As with all matters, any curriculum queries or concerns can come directly to me as Head of Curriculum via Direqt Message or email

Language Conventions




Not passed OLNA but student will likely pass before end of Year 12


Not passed OLNA and support for this student is recommended

why it operates. Whilst there were a few glitches with this years first round of testing, the students worked well, and we look forward to their results later in the year. 2

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Chaplain’s Corner

carriers for our upcoming Commonwealth Service at the Cathedral (all going well with restrictions and regulations!).

From your friend at the Cathedral

Thank you for being a wonderful, welcoming, and supportive school community.

Well, here we are – my very last newsletter contribution! I have had a wonderful time conducting Chapels for St George’s Anglican Grammar School over the last few weeks. It has been like old times – small numbers in the Cathedral, making clips for online Chapel and reacquiring some YouTube skills! As we face higher COVID numbers and growing restrictions, I find myself continually grateful for the skills we built up last time we were in this position. We may be in for a bumpy time ahead, but we have shown great ingenuity in the face of challenge, and I know we are ready and equipped to face the future with confidence. At the Cathedral I have had a lovely time getting to know the Year 7 students, and together we have enjoyed the type of Chapel time that smaller numbers allow. I hope they have enjoyed it as much as I have. It has been great to have Father Gift at the Cathedral with us at Chapel, and I am looking forward to seeing him on Sundays at the Cathedral, which will be his new church ‘home.’ It is important for the School to have a Chaplain in its midst. Chaplains represent the presence of God in a school. They are the non-judgemental listening ear for staff, students, and parents. They bring comfort, wisdom, and grace. Experienced chaplains like Father Gift are hard to come by, and I give thanks to God every day that St George’s Anglican Grammar School managed to snaffle him!

The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you And give you peace. Amen Blessings, The Reverend Sarah Stapleton

I will keep the St George’s community in my prayers, and I look forward to seeing those red blazers around the city, as well as flag

School Operations Susan Lazenby

The adjusted Co-Curricular Program for this term continues with some activities remaining the same every week and others being adapted to suit the circumstances we find ourselves in each week. Our main hope is to ensure that the students keep connected and immerse themselves fully in School life. On each level of the School, the weekly schedule and sign up sheets are pinned up for students to make their selections for the week. Not all activities require sign up – the increasingly popular lunch time Park Play is one, and all the Homework Help Clubs are for students to attend whenever they need assistance. I encourage you to have your child sign up for these as our new Laurence Library is a wonderful place to study with the academic support of their teachers after school.

Events for the next fortnight

With some adjustments, we are still able to offer alternatives for our usual events. For instance, instead of going to the Literature Centre for their Picture Book Workshop, one of the Education Officers from the Centre will be presenting the workshop for the Year 9 classes here at the School.

7 March 16 March

Labour Day public holiday Year 9A Adventure Day Trip, Manjedal Activity Centre, Karrakup

17 March 18 March

Year 7 and Year 10 Immunisation Year 9B Adventure Day Trip, Manjedal Activity Centre, Karrakup Year 9 Biology Excursion, Herdsman Lake

18 March

In many ways, this time is expanding our ingenuity and problem solving abilities to find the best solutions for our students!

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On the Day 1.

Find out how university works

Each degree is made up of subjects (units) for which you get points. Ask how many years it will normally take as a full-time student to get enough points for a degree. Ask about subject choices for each of the courses you are interested in. There will be handouts. 2.

Find out how to get started BEFORE you go to university

Ask about programs the university has for school students. Some unis have courses for students to take while in year 11.

Year 11: How to approach university open days

• Murdoch has the Summer School Program that gives credit points for uni. • ECU has practical courses associated with WAAPA.

Now that you have your brand new student diary, don’t forget to write down all the Open Days listed in the first edition of Careers Compass!

Ask about support programs:

Going to university Open Days is a fantastic way to get a feel for whether that university or pathway is right for you. Below are a few tips to help you get the most out of it.

• UWA has the Aspire program • If you can claim disadvantage, ask about support programs: are you female going into a non-traditional occupation, RRR, migrant, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, do you have a disability?



Plan to go with a friend

Ask about scholarships

Ask your friend to go with you. What are they interested in? Make sure you know what they might want to explore. Make a commitment to support each other at the Open Day.

There are many scholarships you can apply for. Ask the careers staff to give you a full breakdown of scholarships that could match your profile.

Don’t forget your parents! They will have the biggest influencers on your career choices, but there is a great deal of benefit to be gained by going with peers.

If you are interested in staying in university accommodation, ask what financial support is available.




There are a million clubs that you can join at university. You have more than a year to make choices so check out a few.

In 2022 some universities are asking you to register prior to the event and to do all you can to prevent spreading COVID-19. 3.




Why not book an appointment with a career counsellor?

Book an appointment with Mrs Tagore if you want to explore more course and tertiary institute options

Check the university Open Day web page with your parents and friends to find details about any special courses that you want to investigate or talks you want to attend.

I will also be sharing a Career Spotlight each week. This week we take a closer look at becoming a Jewellery Designer. Follow this link to find out more. You can find copies of all previous Career Spotlights on the Careers Portal on SEQTA.

You may need to change the time you attend to see a presentation that is of interest to your career choice.

TAFES in Rockingham and Thornlie are offering the following courses for you to try: Solid Plastering/Wall and Ceiling Lining Bricklaying/Solid Plastering Bricklaying/Painting and Decorating

Civil Construction Cabinetmaking/Para Professional


Open to students in Years 9 and 10 Over 3 consecutive days during Semester 1 term time Covid vaccination not required Must wear trade-approved PPE


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Pastoral Focus

The two KS: CPC Themes are explored through four Focus Areas, which are examined in growing complexity in accordance with the age of the students. The four KS: CPC Focus Areas are:

Hilton Hardman

Focus Area 1: The right to be safe Focus Area 2: Relationships Focus Area 3: Recognising and reporting abuse Focus Area 4: Protective strategies More information can be found on the DECD Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum site.

2022 Student Representative Council A Student Representative Council (SRC) is a group of students elected by their peers to represent all students within the school. SRC work democratically to represent the student body in school decisionmaking and organises ways for students to participate in and enjoy school life.

Last week most of our Year Groups started the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS: CPC). These lessons are run throughout the year and focus on educating and empowering our students.

Our Student Representative Council is a student-based group designed to foster school spirit and leadership among students. The members of the SRC change each year to maintain a fresh approach and a strong student voice within the school. Members are leaders who help to create and nurture constructive ideas within the school community. They are approachable students who are representatives of our student body.

The teachers delivering the Program have received explicit training in the use of the Curriculum. The KS:CPC is a Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) responsibility under the Children’s Protection Act 1993 and the DECD Child Protection in Schools, Early Childhood Education and Care Services Policy to ensure that effective abuse prevention programs are implemented and that all children and young people have access to the approved child protection curriculum.

Some of the expectations and responsibilities of SRC Members include: • • • • •

The KS: CPC is evidence-based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection experts, teachers, educational leaders, and other professionals. The KS: CPC is predicated on two main themes which are presented through topics and activities of increasing complexity. The two KS: CPC Themes are:

Be positive role models Be active in the school community Build harmonious relationships within the School Be approachable Be an advocate for students’ voice

Students have nominated themselves for this position and voting took place today, Friday 4 March.

Theme 1: We all have the right to be safe

We look forward to announcing our two representatives from each year group next week and then having the conversations start to continue to improve and review all that we do here at St George’s.

Theme 2: We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.

The Young Adult fiction is designed to support reading in English classes. We will also cater for reluctant readers or readers with processing issues. The Barrington Stokes texts are specialist publications designed to support these students. While books are at the heart of our library, there are other budding programs. Lego Club met for the first time this week. The first moves to build The Titanic have been made. We are planning to start a Book Club and a publishing group to write a newsletter for the Library.

The first four weeks of Term One have been exciting, busy and, at times, exhausting time in the Laurence Library. Initially an empty space, the Laurence Library now has desks, couches, shelves and, most importantly, books.

The Library will soon have an electronic notice board to promote literacy, books, and everything Library.

Over the last week we have been painstakingly processing a new fiction collection. From Anna James’ Pages & Co to Sebastian Faulks’ Snow Country, we are building a wonderful, diverse collection.

I am looking for students to help create content. Together let us read

Initially our focus is on reading for Years 7 to 9, but clearly there are books for older students and staff.

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Around the School

Expanding our learning at the Cathedral

Anglicare WA Schools Ambassadors Launch

Not only is St George’s Cathedral our chapel and spiritual home, but it is also often a ‘classroom’ for Religious Studies classes. The city really is our campus. Recently, two of the Year 8 Religious Studies classes used the Cathedral space as a specific learning environment. With pens and paper in hand, they analysed the 15 Stations of the Cross dotted around the walls of the Cathedral. This hands-on activity supported them in their study and understanding of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and promoted a passion for learning in a space other than the school classroom.

This year, the 2022 Anglicare WA Ambassador Launch was conducted online. The newly appointed Anglicare Ambassadors for St George’s gathered at School to be congratulated and commissioned for their work in the care and support of those in need. During the launch, the Ambassadors were welcomed by Kelly Keal, the Community Engagement Coordinator of Philanthropy and Enterprise at Anglicare WA. After this, they were formally introduced to Anglicare WA services and Street Connect, the Anglicare Youth Services provider.

Cathedrals across the world have been places of learning for two millennia. History and pedagogy combined as the Year 8s pointed and questioned and shared their learning together.

The Ambassadors were also welcomed and blessed by our Archbishop, the Most Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO. She shared her journey to servant leadership and encouraged the Ambassadors to make the most of this service opportunity.

As their Religious Studies teacher, I would like to thank the Year 8s for their diligence in this learning activity. On behalf of the Year 8s, I would also like to thank the Cathedral staff for their welcome and support in our learning.

As their Service Learning Coordinator, I would like to congratulate and thank the Ambassadors for standing up and bearing witness to Jesus who, according to the Scriptures, comforted the poor and sick and challenged oppressors.

Ryan McBride Religious Studies Teacher

I very much look forward to working with them this year.

News from Science

The 2022 Anglicare Ambassadors for St George’s Anglican Grammar School are: Sadie Tibbitts

Audrey Hunt

William Moesker

Arianne Lienert

Azeva Sukadis

Linus Miller

Clare Cohen

Hamish Monk

Maya Hardley

Jessica Bakes

Isla Andrews

Kelsey Goss

Emily Muir

Katie O'Connor

We have been enjoying another jam-packed start of the year in Science. Our teaching team has expanded, and we warmly welcome Mrs Tagore and Miss Wilkinson to the department. Both teachers bring enthusiasm, a wealth of knowledge and have made great inroads with their classes. Despite current restrictions we are still managing to offer wonderful experiences for our students throughout the Science areas. The Year 11 Biology students went to Perth Zoo last week, accompanied by Mr Quan. Perth Zoo offers students an educational experience focused on their current topic of Classification. Students completed dichotomous keys, had a close encounter with some lizards and spent the afternoon observing the animals in the Zoo, taking careful field work notes. All students represented St George’s proudly and enjoyed their day ‘out of the office’.

Ryan McBride Service Learning Coordinator

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The Nobel Pathway rotations and electives are well underway. Our Year 7s are grappling with some big Global Questions, Year 8s have been designing sustainable housing, Year 9s have been researching WA’s Maritime history and the Year 10s are learning what it takes to be a psychologist! It is wonderful to see our students engage in science across many different disciplines and bring their own personal knowledge and interest to classes.

On Friday 25 February, the ATAR biology class took a trip to Perth Zoo to learn more about the applications of classification. We spent the morning walking around the Zoo to see and classify animals by their scientific name, body covering, diet and habitat. This was easily my favourite part of the day, as seeing the animals and watching how they live in their habitats was extremely interesting. We then had a lesson with the Zoo staff, where we were able to classify bones using dichotomous keys and touch some of the Zoo’s reptiles. By the end of the day, we were exhausted, but all agreed it was an amazing excursion. It has become one of my favourite excursions I have been on, and I hope the Year 11s next year enjoy the same experience. – Ophelia Burchell

Practicals make up an integral part of Science practice. The ability to follow instructions, operate safely and formulate reasoning behind observations helps students engage with some of the more difficult concepts we teach in class. The Year 12 Human Biology students learnt correct aseptic technique last week, a skill usually saved for university laboratory sessions.

The Zoo trip was fun; we started off our day by walking around the Zoo and finding all the binomial names for the animals. My favourite was the southern cassowary known as Casuarius Casuarius. We then had a chat with the Zookeeper where we discussed dichotomous keys and phytogenic trees. These can be used to classify different types of animals through a series of questions. – Ethan Lane

In classes, students have hit the Week 5 assessment block, with most having an assessment, or receiving feedback from one just completed. Students and parents are encouraged to check SEQTA for feedback and make plans to be well prepared for the upcoming tasks. Homework Help is offered to all students if they need some extra support in their Science studies. The Australian Brain Bee is also being offered as a Co-Curricular for Year 10s; please see Miss Donovan if you are interested in signing up for the Brain Bee Challenge. Charlotte Donovan Head of Science 7 St. George's Anglican Grammar School – THE DRAGON

Swimming Success

Championship Award

The 2022 Inter-House Swimming Carnival got off the ground thanks to the willpower and willingness of our Principal, Mrs Tina Campbell, who carefully considered all mandates and believed we could do it at an outdoor venue whilst keeping our students in their cohorts.


Sebastian Smith


Julian Higginson


Mackenzie Marshall


Cooper Zuideveld


Wong Ho Kit (Hugo)

I would like to recognise, and thank, our amazing Student Guild, and associates, who were instrumental in the organisation of all three carnivals. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it took all of us working together to manage the many and varied demands of a COVID safe swimming carnival. It was evident that St George’s has many powerful swimmers who dedicate hours of training while the rest of us are still tucked-up in bed! We saw many streamlined swimmers move through the water with little turbulence performing their strokes with exceptional technique. Congratulations to the following students who are commended on their outstanding individual performances.

Overall House Result

Individual Results Division



U/13 Girls

Brooke McKeon

Lia Watters

U/13 Boys

Adrian Jiang

Marcus Owen

U/14 Girls

Anouk Potter

Alyssa Peake

U/14 Boys

Dylan Momberg

Sebastian Munday

U/15 Girls

Joss Walker

Amelie McKeon

U/15 Boys

Owen Lane

Campbell Bradley

U/16 Girls

Arianne Lienert

Meg Purser

U/16 Boys

William Owen

Jared Moro

Year 11 Girls

Milla Howard and Katherine Trager

Laura Best

Year 11 Boys

Kyan Ambrosio

Tom Sweeny

Year 12 Girls

Alexandra Griffin

Kalani Paul

Year 12 Boys

Harrison Maude

Sam Crowford

Congratulations to all Gandhi House Students on your achievement in the pool. They were very clear House champions this year.

1943 Points

1391 Points

1118 Points

The School’s tradition of “Sync Swim” is a highlight of the InterHouse Swimming Carnival and we hope to perform it as we progress through this year. Finally, I would like to sincerely thank the incredible dedication and efforts of my colleagues who pulled together both on the pool deck and those back at School to keep the crucial learning journeys going. A final CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who took part and made the event such a success! Jodie Scheele Head of HPE 8 St. George's Anglican Grammar School – THE DRAGON


Lorelei Barnes-Smith Year 7 Over the weekend, Lorelei Barnes-Smith participated in her first Sailing Regatta. Lorelei and her dad have been sailing together since the beginning of 2021 when they got their 4.5-meter-long boat called the Tasar.

Julian Pivac Year 7 Julian has been growing his hair since he was in Year 3! His aim was to grow it long enough to be used to make a whole wig. Julian’s ponytails were donated to Sustainable Salons who collect the ponytails to pass onto charities, such as Variety. At least 4,000 ponytails are needed each year to make enough wigs for those living without hair as a result of medically-induced hair loss conditions, such as alopecia and cancer or help fund other lifechanging programs! You are an inspiration and have a heart of gold, Julian.

After sailing most weekends together and leading their club championship at the Mounts Bay Sailing Club, they finished off with a fantastic 6th place. You should be very proud of your achievements, Lorelei, as we are here at St George’s.

Milla Howard Year 11

Jasper Bridgeman Year 9 Jasper has recently been selected in the U16, Division 2, WA Basketball League (WABL) team for the East Perth Eagles. WABL is WA’s premier junior basketball competition and is very competitive and selective. This is Jasper’s fifth season with the Eagles and testament to his commitment and dedication to training and playing. We look forward to supporting Jasper when the WABL season starts at the end of April.

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Milla Howard hit the open ocean last weekend for the epic Rottnest Channel Swim. Milla swam in a mixed team of four, category 56+ (all participant’s ages added up). They completed the 19.7km swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island in an incredible time of 5 hours 15 minutes, placing them 5th out of 52 teams in their category and 14th overall out of a total of 356 teams. If you look at the video to the right you will see the conditions were challenging, with a large swell and strong winds, but luckily Milla’s team didn’t suffer any sea sickness or hypothermia. Congratulations Milla on such an incredible achievement.