Eminent Learning Centre

Hello Everybody!

My name is Rihanna and I feel so honoured to have the opportunity to speak here at TALONS Night of The Notables 2021. If you would like to learn many different and fun facts about me, be sure to check out the link below to my learning centre where you can learn all sorts of stuff about me, don’t forget about the interactive timeline 🙂

To see my learning centre click here!

I hope everyone has a great night!

Leave me comments about any questions or comments you have, I’ll be happy to answer them!



Posted in Uncategorized

Developing The Leaders Around You – John C. Maxwell

John Maxwell Biography | Best Books and Quotes |

“Don’t wait for inspiration”
John C. Maxwell

A pint of example is equal to a gallon of advice.

A pint of example is equal to a gallon of advice. This concept is essentially explaining how it is infinitely more helpful to lead by example than it is to give basic directions. A good way to think of it is playing a new board game for the first time. I know for me personally; I find it easier to play a “practice round” where I can learn the ins and outs of the board game in a real scenario similar to a real round. This exact same point swings back to our original concept, except in our case it relates to leadership. I think it is important to know this concept as a leader because for numerous people (myself included), it is incredibly easier to learn by watching someone do something than it is to learn when someone just tells you vaguely what to do. When planning adventure trips this year, it is important for grade tens to remember this because we need to give examples to grade nines. Last year the grade tens would show us their past go-gear lists, and how to make them so we could understand the most clearly. I found this extremely helpful so I’m going to try and use this concept this year with the current grade nines.


It is easier to teach what is right than to DO what is right.

Sometimes as leaders, we take the easy route. Who wouldn’t? However, the think to remember is that in all scenarios, it is easier to teach what is right than to DO what is right. This means that when you are teaching anyone how to do something, remember to show them how to do what is right. This includes but is not limited to, leading by example. Leading by example is a great way to show learners what is right and what is wrong. Another effective way of teaching this is to teach the kind of leadership that you as a leader use. This will give learners a representation of what it will look like in the real world, and they will begin to imitate it. This point is important to me because I personally find it easier to mimic someone’s behaviour when it comes to leadership. I found that when we were planning for the adventure trips and leadership projects last year that I started to lead how I saw the grade tens leading. I saw the things they did that were effective, and the things they did that did not seem to work for them. I took those observations into mind and was able to create my own leadership style based off of those. This will be useful when planning for adventure trips this year because it is the biggest opportunity the grade nines have where they get to really develop how their leadership style is. It gives them a chance to grow as leaders.


The Tour Guide Leader.

The tour guide leader takes people to their destination, rather than the travel guide leaders who send people to their destination. This is a metaphor that represents how a helpful leader will not only show people what to do but will be with them throughout that process. This way leaders can give advice and knowledge to learners as the event is happening. This is important to me because I know the feeling of essentially being pushed into something where it is such a new environment, without any previous knowledge of what its like. During the planning for leadership projects last year, the grade tens did not really give us enough information about what we would need to do or know while we were indeed on those trips. This caused a lot of confusion for myself and my fellow grade nines because for the most part we had no idea of what we were supposed to be doing. Regarding adventure trips, it is essential that my peers and I, as grade tens, be tour guide leaders for the grade nines (to the best of our ability and knowledge), because it is very important that they do know what to do during any TALONS events. Whether it is leading a group of people, or knowing how to pitch a tent, no learner should be on the trips without properly knowing what to do. It could lead to things like serious injuries, or people getting lost.


Learn more about John C. Maxwell here!

Eminent Practice Partner Interview Reflection

When doing the practice interviews with my partner, I learned several skills. Skills that I had never even considered would come up in an interview. I think the skill that I was able to practice the most, was how to answer questions that I was not totally prepared for. I very much enjoyed the system of these interviews, where we would each observe an interviewer to give them feedback. Additionally, practicing this in a situation where I was not under a lot of pressure to do perfectly, was extremely helpful, because although I was still trying my best to pretend like it was the real thing, it gave me room to make mistakes. Those mistakes helped me to learn about what I needed to work on/improve, and which elements I was already good at.

I think there are several things that I need to work on in order to have a successful interview when I do the real one. One of the things that I got many comments on was that I say “um” and “uh” a lot. I noticed that I did this as I was speaking to my partner, so I tried to correct it a little bit in the moment, however I will still need to practice more on this. The other big thing that I think I need to work on is sounding more confident in myself. I even gave this piece of advice to the person I was observing, because I think that its a skill we could all improve on. For me the goal is to not sound like I’m bragging, but also to still highlight my strengths to the person interviewing me. Most of the time when I was speaking, I had good information, but I did not sound like I believed in myself. In my opinion, if I was the interviewer, I would be more likely to hire someone who sounded like they believed in themselves and what they were saying.

Despite having to improve in a few topic areas, I have some things that I think I did very well, and my feedback agrees. That is why I like the feedback and partner system, because if I know what I am doing well on, then I’ll know what I need to continue doing in order to sound proper and professional. I really enjoyed how there was an equal amount of constructive criticism as there was positive feedback, this way nobody’s feelings were hurt, and we still got the information we needed.


Rihanna – Introductory Blog Post

Rihanna's upcoming music album is set to release | NewsAbe

“I think women want freedom. They want to be empowered. They want hope. They want love; they want all the things that I want, and I’m not afraid to say those things and act on them, and I think that’s why they identify with me.” – Rihanna 

I have chosen to do Rihanna as my eminent person. When I was brainstorming eminent people, I was originally drawn to her because of her strong message of inclusivity. This message especially became implemented when she launched her beauty brand Fenty Beauty  in 2017. Rihanna created Fenty “so that women everywhere would be included”. She focused on a wide range of skin tones that would be traditionally hard to match. At the launch date of her brand, Rihanna had already formulated 40 skin tones. With Fenty she developed different formulas to work for every skin type. Her overall vision is to inspire people. She says “Makeup is there for you to have fun with. It should never feel like pressure. It should never feel like a uniform. Feel free to take chances, and take risks, and dare to do something new or different.”

Along with her work with inclusivity, Rihanna has made many philanthropic efforts that I personally did not even know about before researching her. She is the founder of two foundations, which both have specific purposes to help people. First, in 2006, she created the Believe Foundation, whose goal is to help terminally ill children. She performed several charity concerts to in 2008 called A Girl’s Night Out. The sole purpose of these concerts was to benefit the Believe Foundation. They were completely free to the public, and any money from sponsors or advertisers was donated to provide medical and school supplies, and toys to those children in need. In 2012 she founded her second foundation called the Clara Lionel Foundation. This foundation was named in honour of her grandparents and it includes multiple different programs. Some of these programs include the Clara Braithwaite Center For Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, along with education programs. Every year, the CLF has their annual Diamond Ball charity fundraiser event. The inaugural event was held in 2014 and raised over $2 million and the second event raised over $3 million. In addition to raising money as a FOR charity, Rihanna also has donated extremely large amounts of money TO charity. An example of this is when she donated $100,000 to Food Bank For Hurricane Sandy, back in 2012. More recently, she donated $5 million to COVID-19 relief in 2020, through the Clara Lionel Foundation.

Another reason I chose to do my eminent project on Rihanna is because of how outspoken she has always been. She says “I stand up for what I believe in, and a lot of the time that can be against people’s opinions.” I think that someone who is brave enough to stand up for what they truly believe in, despite it being against what other people believe in, is an incredibly inspirational person. She proves her outspokenness through her advocacy. For example, at the NCAA March Madness Festival, she was not afraid to express her strong disagreement with Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration act, which allows companies and individuals to use their religious beliefs as protection, if they are accused of discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community. Rihanna also took part in the 2017 Women’s March, which was a worldwide protest on January 21, 2017. Which was the day after the inauguration of Donald Trump. It was prompted by several of Trump’s statements being considered by many as anti-women or otherwise offensive to women. The 2017 Women’s March was the largest single-day protest in U.S. history.

The next step in my research is to reach out to people who have worked with Rihanna, like her producer, or her label, or her agent. If I do not get a reply from them I am planning to read articles about her, and then find the author of those articles and try to get in contact with them.

Thank you for reading my blog post!





Digital Literacy Final Reflection

  • What are your thoughts on hybrid learning (in person and at home) compared to when you are in your learning groups (at school for all classes). Which format do you prefer, and why?

It has been slightly challenging to adjust to the quarter system of half online, and half in person. I personally prefer working at school, in person. I prefer to work in real life because it is less easy for me to get distracted, which I tend to do often. There is more structure to in person classes as well. I also get to socialize with my peers which makes me happy, and its easier to work when I’m happy. I think overall I like working at school more because it is more engaging.


  • How has technology benefitted you during the hybrid learning experience?

Without technology the hybrid learning system would not be possible. Seeing as how half of class is online, technology was more than 50% of my schoolwork. I personally think it helped me with writing a lot. Compared to writing more traditionally, typing is easier for me, and more efficient since it doesn’t take as much time. Adding to that, when writing on something like word, there are automatic grammar and spelling corrections which were very helpful in making my writing sound more professionally.


  • How has technology impeded you during the hybrid learning experience?

Anytime that we were on a Teams meeting or another kind of online call, we had to rely on our technology to stay on and connected. I know that there were many instances with my classmates as well as myself where our computers died or disconnected from the call. Then we would have to reboot, and it takes a long time. In that time the lesson was still going on, and we were missing it. Additionally, I personally found that learning on my computer provided lots of distracting material. you can access many things on the internet in a snap. It was hard to not get distracted, and many times I did.


  • Is there anything that you hope remains a part of school that was new because of hybrid learning after the pandemic is over and school returns to normal?

One thing that I wish would stay the same is the subjects. That sounds vague, so in more depth, I really enjoyed how there were only two subjects to focus on at a time. Even though there was a very large workload, it was easier to study knowing that there were only two things to focus on at a time. I liked that a lot. I think it will be more stressful in the semester system when we have four classes at a time.


  • Link to 2 Projects in school /TALONS that used digital technology and explain how the use of that digital technology enhanced your project. Ideas include In-Depth, Eminent, Zip, individual class projects in Talons or other subjects…



Simplicity Steakhouse Branding Project.pptx



Posted in Uncategorized

In-Depth Learning Centre


Hello everyone!

This is my final in-depth post! This has been fun, challenging, difficult, and at times frustrating and worrying. However, eventually I accomplished most of my goals, learned some new concepts and approaches to learning new things – and some skills that I will definitely want to grow during the summer and future.

For my learning centre I am going to show my journey and what I’ve learned with a slideshow, and will also show a video demo of the results.

To remind anyone who hasn’t read through my blog, or following all along, I decided for my in-depth project to learn to code and try to build a mod for one of my favourite games – Minecraft. I’m happy to report I learned to code a little (not 100% perfectly, and with a lot of help from my mentor to learn some of the concepts), and managed to create a basic mod which adds a few items to the game. Minecraft is pretty complex, even though it looks simple and some of the concepts took me a while to understand. Through quite a few sessions with my mentor we realized that there are some easier ways to approach the basics and, thanks to forge (the toolkit that exposes the ability to mod Minecraft), a lot of the necessary work is just a quick method away (by extending the parent class).

While I’m very happy with the results of what I set out to do, I wanted to mention some of the things which happened along the way and that I learned. I learned that I am good at imagining the final product, but have a hard time picturing the first step and the rest on the way there – my mentor(s) helped me with “iteration”. I learned many new skills (the basics of two different languages, object oriented programming concepts, a code editor, Minecraft code (!!). I faced quite a few obstacles and overcame them as well as bounced back or adapted. I wanted to build a weather mod in Minecraft, and spent a long time learning a language that didn’t initially help me. Weather mods are very complex and I decided to build something simpler but more successfully. I also met a really nice mentor who was super helpful and understanding as I was learning from scratch.

Will I continue this for my next in-depth? I don’t know. I have learned a few things about myself during this and one of them is that, while I love to MAKE things, I like to try NEW things. I will continue to improve on this project, but I am excited to see what the next challenge I take on is.


I hope you enjoy the links below and thank you for viewing.


  • For a more detailed summary of what I did, check out this slideshow!


  • For a quick demo of my mod “in action”, including indestructible pigs and olympic sprinter cows, click here!
Posted in Uncategorized

In-Depth Post #6

Hello friends, welcome to my blog post. This is my sixth blog post regarding my in-depth project. I will be updating you on my progress, and I will also be talking about the DeBono concepts from the book, how to have a beautiful mind. I hope you enjoy! 🙂


Progress Report

I have been working extremely hard over the past few weeks, and I believe that I have improved a lot! Most of what I have done, is continuing to work on my coding tutorial program, which if you are interested in, you can check it out for yourself right here. There is not much I can do other than tutorials, since this whole project is my first ever time doing any sort of programming. Its kind of like a complete cold start. However, I have started learning how to write my tutorial codes, into a program called Intellij IDEA. The code won’t be written any differently, but there are certain shortcuts you can take instead of writing something all the way through. For example, the command System.out.println() , can be written with the shortcut sout, which makes it easier to work with.

My mentor mentioned to me that when she was learning to program, she made the same mistake that she thinks a lot of people make. She said you can’t rush into it all at once. Especially for someone like me, who has absolutely zero experience coding and went into this with no knowledge at all. She recommends taking baby steps, even if it takes longer, because it will give you a better result at the end. An example of how I have been following this advice is my HelloWorld mod that I am working on for Minecraft. I started with the example mod that I have learned how to download previously, and then I used my current knowledge, with the help from my dad, to add in some messages to the mod. That way, when we add it into Minecraft, we can test if my knowledge is correct. Here is how that went.


You can think of it like climbing a mountain. You may want to go to the bottom of the mountain, and just climb up right away. The problem with this is, you aren’t prepared. You don’t have the proper training to climb a mountain. That is why you have to train, and you have to take it step by step. Then, once you are really confident with your material, you can go full-on and climb the mountain. That’s how I like to think about what I’m doing with this coding. Baby steps.


Mentor Update

I only have a short little update, and it is that I have had to change mentors because of a change in plans. She is about 8 months pregnant, and she is ill at the moment. Because of that, there is no way that I would ask her to assist me with my project. Since she now isn’t able to help, my father has filled in as my mentor. It is not a big change, since my father is my previous mentor’s employer, and they work together. That means they have the same skill sets, and they also have around the same length of experience.


How to Have a Beautiful Mind

In this chapter we talked about concepts, and why they are important. One of the quotes from the book that I think is very important, is

“You always eat ‘food’. But do you ever eat ‘food’ as such? You do not. You eat steak, you eat chicken, you eat strawberries. You always eat some specific type of food and not ‘food’ in general. Food is a concept. A hamburger is the practical idea.”

I talked with my dad about this quote, and we both can see clearly how it can relate to the subject we are learning about. In programming, there are concepts, and there are ideas. A concept in coding would be known as a class. In that class, there are different commands that you can do, and each class is different.


What exactly did I learn?

I focused recently on a few specific subjects in my tutorial.

System.out.println() – a statement that prints that prints the argument that is passed to it.


int – a variable that is used to hold a value of any whole number, up to a certain

amount. It stands for integer.

double – a variable that is used to store very large or very small numbers. It can

also hold decimals.

boolean – this is a variable that holds a value of true or false.


When any of these variables are used in a program, you need to give them a value, then you can print them to the console. For example, here is something that I did as a practice in my tutorial.


public class GreaterThanEqualTo {

    public static void main(String[] args){

      double recommendedWaterIntake = 8;

      double daysInChallenge = 30;

      double yourWaterIntake = 235.5;

      double totalRecommendedAmount = recommendedWaterIntake * daysInChallenge;

      boolean isChallengeComplete = yourWaterIntake >= totalRecommendedAmount;






In this particular example, math is also used, but it doesn’t always need to be used.


When I learned the math commands, I knew most of them already, but others I had never seen before, because they are used exclusively in java.

*- multiplication

/- division

+- addition

– – subtraction

>= – greater than or equal to

<= – less than or equal to


The last thing I really had to remember this lesson, is getting into the habit of putting a semicolon at the end of a line. Sometimes a program will run without a semicolon, but it is the most effective thing to get into the habit of leaving one in, because majority of the time, if you are in Java, your code won’t run smoothly if you don’t.


Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post! Stay safe! 🙂






Posted in Uncategorized

In-Depth Post #5

Hello friends! Welcome to my 5th in-depth blog post. I am going to be talking about a few things today, but mainly my progress, as well as the how to have a beautiful mind chapters.


Progress Report: 

I think I made more progress recently than ever before. I had a call with my mentor on the weekend, and I talked with her about some of the terminology that I was having trouble fully understanding. The two terms that we talked about were objects and methods. I had seen these terms used in my tutorials before, but I didn’t really understand what they meant. And for me its hard to learn things to my full extent when I don’t understand the background behind them. So I asked her about what they were and she gave me an amazing explanation using the example of a birdhouse.

Here is a screenshot of her example: (sorry for the bad quality)

She just described to me what each of the things did, by using the example of what it would do if you were “coding” aka constructing a birdhouse in java.

This is a short voice clip of just some of the things we talk about.

How to have a beautiful mind Dialog


Before the next blog post I would like to work further on a texture pack with a certain theme, then learn how to incorporate it into a simple code sequence, so I could run a command and turn it into that texture pack. I am going to look more at YouTube videos because I found those really helpful.

Thank you for taking a look at my blog post! Have a good day :))

Posted in Uncategorized

In-Depth Blog Post #4

Hello friends! Welcome to my 4th in-depth blog post. I am first going to do a quick little progress report, and then I will talk about the chapters of how to have a beautiful mind.


Progress Report

Since my last blog post, I would say that I have greatly progressed in my programming skills. Now that I have learned a variety of skills in JavaScript, I have started to dabble in Java, as that is what Minecraft is coded in. I have now installed Intellij IDEA and I am learning how to navigate around the program. I have now learned how to transfer a mod from Intellij to Minecraft, and have done it with the base of the mod I am making, just to check that it works. Now that I have that working, I am able to get fully started on the mod.

Mentor Update

My mentor has been very busy lately, as she is pregnant and with a toddler already. However since I obviously have been trying not to pressure her, I am asking my dad a lot of questions as well since he is also a programmer, and has been for quite some time (my mentor is actually his employee.) Both my dad and my mentor have been more than helpful and are able to clearly explain things in a way that I can understand.

How to Have a Beautiful Mind

The beautiful mind chapters I focused on this blog post are chapters 6 and 7. These chapters focus on how to listen and how to ask questions.

In relation to these topics, I asked my dad these questions for discussion

“In your current role, how have you noticed that active listening is helpful, and how have you noticed that in-active listening is unhelpful?”

You can check out his answer here


My goals at the moment are just to keep progressing in skills that I am learning in Java language. I would also like to further investigate what really goes into making a mod for Minecraft. This way I can let my brain compute some things and maybe try some very basic modding like making a sword and custom blocks.

Posted in Uncategorized

In-Depth Blog Post #3


This is my third blog post talking about my in-depth project.

I have been working hard to learn new skills and continue my journey to programming.


Progress Update

Since my last update, I have learned plenty of new skills and commands on the computer. My mentor has recommended a tutorial I should use, just to learn the basic things. The website is codecademy.com . I recently finished the first chapter of the program, and now I am learning commands like var, const, and let. The thing that is confusing me the most is the math commands. I am just generally not the best at math, but when I am learning it in a way that is also new to my brain, it is even more confusing. Luckily, I can always ask my dad for help if my mentor is not available at that moment.


Mentor Update

My mentor and I have been communicating back and forth either through email or texting. She has been so helpful, and so understanding whenever I have a question. We haven’t had a lot of time to talk, because she is a very busy person. She has a toddler, a dog, and is pregnant. Her husband also works. So we are both working together to make sure she isn’t over working herself, and she won’t be rushed or stressed because of this project. She was so kind to take time out of her busy schedule to help me and I greatly appreciate that.


Some Struggles I Have Had

I have found that coding is somewhat simple, but also very complex. Coding is very step-by-step, especially java, the language I am coding in. I like this because my brain works very step-by-step as well. I have a very hard time understanding things that I don’t know the process of. Some people will be able to know and memorize the solution to something without knowing any of the logic behind it, but I’m not like that. I have to know why something works to fully understand things. I think the hardest thing for me so far is the math portion of coding. There are many commands that have different meanings, but there are a lot of math related ones, and I briefly mentioned it before, but math is not my strong suit, and those commands are very confusing to me.


How To Have A Beautiful Mind

This weeks chapters are discussing ‘how to be interesting, and how to respond.” I tried to incorporate this into our talks by starting off with something that we liked, and why we like that thing. I think this eased up the tension a bit because we both felt more comfortable (not that we weren’t in the first place). We also talked about how Andrea, (my mentor) got into coding, and why she is so passionate about it. When I asked her this she said –

“I like how quickly you can see the results of code you’ve written. Code is very powerful and can do a lot of things and it’s rewarding to see the effects of what you’ve done almost immediately. Other careers are not necessarily like that. For example doctors could spend a lot of time treating patients and it’s not guaranteed to show results and sometimes results take a long time to appear. I also appreciate that on average a career in software is well-paid and has flexible working hours and conditions which is extremely great for raising a family.”

I found this very interesting because I had never thought of it that way before. This is when the next part came into play. I used the strategy of acknowledging how I found it interesting. This was she won’t think that I was just not listening to her, and it will make her feel heard, which I like. Then I was able to branch off into other topics that related to the previous question. I asked a number of ‘what if’ questions that allowed me to learn more in-depth (pun fully intended) about coding.



My goal right now is to learn the rest of chapter 2 in the coding tutorial program and move onto chapter 3. I would also like to try and use my currently mere knowledge and try and experiment and write some very, very simple lines of code. Just so I can get a feel for how everything works.

 I hope you enjoyed reading about my in-depth project so far! Have a good day!







Posted in Uncategorized