Cyberlisious 2013 & Hispanic Heritage Month at Emery CI


On April 22nd, 2013, the grade 11 CyberScience students of Emery CI hosted a Cyberlisious event to welcome the grade 9 CyberScience students to Emery CI. The students and teachers worked very hard to make this event a success.

The grade 11 CyberScience students created five fun and educational games for the students to play. By the time the event ended, the points earned by the four teams were tallied and the top three teams were awarded a medal, an indication of their victory in the events.

While the grade 9’s were spending their time learning, they also had to have a fun learning experience. After the games were done, fresh pizza along with drinks were served to all the students that participated, including their teachers.

DSC05089Several grade 12 CyberScience students who had previous experience hosting last year’s Cyberlisious event helped make the event more enjoyable, educational, and interactive.

Emery CI’s enriched program, CyberScience, is a program designed for students who enjoy math, science, and technology. Hosting the Cyberlisious event has become a tradition for the CyberScience students.

As students begin high school life as CyberScience students, they are greeted by not only teachers, but also their grade 11 counterparts. In grade 9, CyberScience students enjoy the Cyberlicious event that the older CyberScience students have created. It is also an amazing and rewarding event that the students will remember after they graduate from Emery CI.



DSC05055The different artefacts decorating our school to commemorate the Hispanic Heritage Month provide us a sample of the diverse mix of cultural expressions which define our Hispanic culture.

The old world of Europe along with Asia and Africa mixed to different extents with the new world of America to give birth to the Hispanic Culture.

Undoubtedly, since its discovery and colonization, Spanish culture, Spanish language, Catholic religion, etc., has been the most defining influence in the shaping of the Hispanic culture--although the sharing of the culture did not mean sharing common interests as the colonies in the New World evolved.

Similar to North America, in Latin America we have a past of slavery as well: mostly the natives, at the time called Indians. Columbus thought that he had found a new route to India; hence the naming.

After defeating the resistance of the natives, through warfare and diseases, the invading Spaniards shipped to SpainDSC05054 most of the native's gold--England got is share via the pirates--and enslaved the majority of the native population in the places where they settled in: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Central, and South America. Later on, as the need for more cheap labour increased, black slaves from Africa were brought to work mainly in the mines and "haciendas" of the so-called "conquistadores"; although the natives, now awakening to their historical conscience, call their former masters in less-flattering names--the defeated have the right to write their history too; although it takes time, courage...and education.

Upon settling the administration of the colonies, Spain retained the through control of the government trough government appointees in the colonies; this situation created resentment, which led to the young Latin America to bravely fight the independence wars in the 1800's. The success of these liberation wars created autonomous regional governments in the newly formed countries.

DSC_1111Born with new liberal ideas inspired by the French revolution, the constitutions and of the new countries were greatly inspired by the philosophy of democracy and freedom for the people derived from the French Revolution.

In Latin America, Simon Bolivar, epitomizes the rebellious spirit of liberation that through warfare and negotiations eventually put an end to the Spanish colonial rule in the former colonies. Soon after, slavery was abolished in most Latin American countries.

The cultural mosaic that represents the Hispanic heritage, although marked by historical clashes of cultures, contemporarily represents many colours, ancestries, countries, Latinas and Latinos that work, sing, dance and smile optimistically to the future, commonly guided by sharing and celebrating their distinctive regional culture under the eclectic identity of the Hispanic culture.

Elmer Jose Blanco, OCTTeacherEmery Collegiate Institute(416) 395 3220 Ext. 20150