In-Depth 2022 Post #3

In-Depth 2o22 Post #3.

Welcome back to my blog! Today I am going to talk about my second meeting with my mentor. This was our first “official meeting”, meaning that this was not like our initial meeting where we just discussed the subjects we were going to work on. This was a meeting where we got to physically work on those subjects. We had a video call this time, where we talked about music theory. Kayla said that she was going to start me on some easy theory because I have not learned any kind of music theory since I did piano lessons when I was a lot younger. She taught me about intervals! There is a lot to learn about intervals, however, we started with the basics.

An interval is a difference in pitch between two sounds. They showed me examples with pictures which I found very helpful.

Music Intervals: A Complete Guide | HelloMusicTheory

In the image above, there are intervals on a musical staff. They are labelled as 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. because that is how many semitones* apart they are. Counting the space and the line (including the line or space where the first note is), you can count how many semitones a note is from another.

For example, let’s look at the 6th interval:

This is my poorly drawn description of how to count intervals. You can see that the blue starts on the line where the bottom note starts. You then count up including all of the lines and spaces until you get to the space where the top note is. The red numbers represent the lines and spaces that you are counting. It ends at six, which means that this interval is a 6th.

During our meeting, the term semitone kept coming up. I realized that I didn’t know what a semitone was, I had only heard of it. It turns out that a semitone can also be called a half note or a half step. It is hard to describe in words, so I will show a picture to help describe it.

Whole Tones and Semitones (Whole Steps and Half Steps) In Music

Finally, we discussed what I was going to work on before our next meeting. Kayla told me to listen to songs on the radio, and just consider what the moods of the songs were. Since I only just recently had learned what intervals are, I would not be able to identify intervals in songs, because that is something only a very musically trained person is able to do. So I have notes on my phone, where I just listen to songs when they are playing on the radio, and I write down observations I make about the mood of the song, and if it sounds minor or major/sad or happy! I will continue to do this until our next meeting.

Thank you for reading my blog post! There is not a lot of information that I could have written about today, but that is because we just talked a lot about one topic, since we are going to be building on it for the rest of the lessons.

See you next time!!


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In-Depth 2022 Post #2

Welcome to the second post about my In-Depth project!

This week I had my first meeting with my mentor, Kayla. Kayla recently graduated from Gleneagle, and I had briefly met her before, as they are a friend of my older sister. I heard Kayla sing when she was with my sister in theatre, and when thinking of finding a mentor I thought of her. She was eager and optimistic, and more than willing to help with my In-Depth, which was so incredibly helpful.

During our meeting this week, we discussed the initial information about In-Depth, and what it would entail for both of us. She came up with an idea that I actually loved. They said that as well as mentoring me on the skills I wanted to get better at surrounding singing, she could teach me about the basics of music theory as well. They have been doing voice lessons for a very long time, and because of that, they have learned a lot about music theory. We decided that we would have meetings twice weekly, one meeting online for learning about music theory, and one meeting in person to work on vocal training!

As mentioned before, Kayla has been doing vocal training lessons for a very long time, as well as vocal choir. She was in the jazz choir in high school, as well as musical theatre for grades 10, 11, and 12. in addition to vocal experiences, Kayla dabbles in many different instruments such as alto saxophone, piano, flute, oboe, ukulele, and guitar, and they are going on to play baritone saxophone and bass guitar. Between the lessons and the instruments, Kayla knows a lot about music theory and singing in general. She has a phenomenal voice.

They say that it was a really nice experience to be able to learn all of the skills that she knows now. the community of things like choir or musical theatre are very supportive and a very tightly knit community. that is something that she says she admires and enjoys a lot about it. So far, even though it has only been an initial meeting, I learned that the musical community is something that I think I would definitely like to get into, not only for the singing aspect but for the community aspect that I mentioned above. We scheduled our next two meetings, and what we are going to talk about with those meetings. She gave me some “homework” to work on for before our next meeting. They said I should listen to the three songs that I have chosen, and think about parts that would be challenging, or which song I would like to work on first, which is exactly what I am going to do.


Thank you for reading my blog!

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In-Depth 2022 – Post #1

In-Depth 2022 Post #1


Hello! Welcome to my first In-Depth blog post of 2022. In this post I am going to briefly talk about the big parts of my project, and what I currently have planned for it. I will be able to look back at this blog post to help me keep track of my original goals throughout this project.


This year for In-Depth, I have chosen to do singing as my topic. Everyone knows what singing is, but there are many kinds of singing. I will not be doing anything fancy with my topic, just focusing on generic singing. I do already know how to sing, however, I am going to go into the project focusing on specific goals. My first, and likely biggest goal, is to gain better control over my voice. I am going to do this by learning proper breath control techniques, which will help me accomplish another aspect of vocal control, belting. I would optimally learn how to healthily belt in head, chest, and mixed voice. My second goal is to expand my vocal range. This again can be accomplished by learning breath control techniques. Finally, my third big goal is to learn harmonizing. Harmonizing is a difficult thing for me to learn how to do, and I have tried many times on my own with little to no success. I think with the help of a professional I might be able to improve a good amount.

If you do not know what head, mixed, or chest voice is, here are two images to give a little visual explanation that might be helpful to you.


I chose to do singing as my In-Depth topic because I have always been a musical person. My parents always tell me that ever since I was younger, I have been singing EVERYWHERE. I would always sing little songs that I made up, even if they made no sense. I have also been very good at memorizing songs for as long as I can remember. Singing different kinds of songs with different moods really allows me to express my different feelings and emotions, especially feelings and emotions that I normally would not be able to express through words.

The way I plan on completing my goals throughout this project is to track myself at certain intervals to be able to see my progress. I have chosen three songs that I am going to use as my progress trackers along the way. I will be recording myself singing these songs at the start, and at the end, which will hopefully show audible differences. I will also be recording my vocal range at the start of the project, and as In-Depth progresses, I will learn how to expand it, and by the end, I will be able to record it again and see how much I have improved. I will also practice vocal warm-ups and exercises for 30 minutes every day. I will also continue to do what I usually do, sing in general, and for my enjoyment.

The vocal range tends to be classified by how many octaves you can sing. Some people have never learned what an octave is, so if you wanted to learn more about them click here!

I do not currently have a solidified mentorship with someone, however, my current plan is to be mentored by a vocal coach/trainer who I have contacted, yet not gotten a response from yet. In the most desirable situation, we would meet once every week to discuss concepts and skills that I have been practicing. Some adjusting may need to be done in order to fit both parties’ schedules, however, it will be similar either way. My mentor can give me “assignments” and specific things they think I need to work on, or that I could improve on.

Thank you for reading my post! I am excited to get this project underway and learn a new skill!

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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!



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Developing The Leaders Around You – John C. Maxwell

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“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



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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!
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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! 🙂






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