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Tuesday April 1, 2014

Robert Land Academy welcomed back six graduates in March 2014. All six were students who graduated in June 2013 and entered university or college programs this past September. Following lunch with the cadets, the grads shared their first year university / college experiences and answered questions from the 2014 graduating class. 

The common message from the university students...maintain the self-discipline and motivation that you learn at the Academy, it will serve you well when you enter the world of university and college. Secondly, the bonds of friendship that you develop with others while at the Academy are incredibly strong, and will follow you when you leave.

In June 2013, all 13 students from Robert Land Academy's grade 12 graduating class were accepted into a college or university program. All of the Academy's 2013 graduates are currently attending post-secondary programs in Ontario and British Columbia.

The visiting graduates are currently attending the following post-secondary institutions:

  • University of Western Ontario (Engineering)
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Automotive Engineering)
  • University of Western Ontario / Huron College (Business)
  • University of Western Ontario (Health Sciences)
  • University of Guelph (Mechanical Engineering)
  • University of Western Ontario (Commercial Aviation)
Tuesday March 11, 2014

Cadets from Robert Land Academy are set to take part in the 25th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico, United States.

On March 23, 2014, eight cadets and two staff from RLA will participate in the challenging march, covering 26 miles (42 kilometres) of desert-like conditions at the White Sands Missile Range.  This experience has become a tradition for Robert Land Academy, and this year is the 7th year that the Academy is sending a team to take part in the annual event.

The Bataan Memorial Death March honours the many thousands of heroic United States service members who defended the islands of Luzon, Corregidor, and the harbour defence forts of the Philippines during World War II and who were later surrendered to Japanese forces in April 1942.  During the Bataan Death March of World War Two, American POWs were marched for days in the scorching heat of the Philippine jungles.  Thousands died, and those who survived faced hardships in Japanese POW camps.

Approximately 6,000 marchers and runners take part in the Death March annually, coming from all 50 of the United States and 12 other countries, including Canada.  Participants enter either as individuals or as teams in the military division, ROTC/JROTC division (military schools), or in the non-military (civilian) division.

Cadets from RLA will travel a few days before the event to acclimatize to the nearly 1,500 meter higher elevation, as well as having an opportunity to learn about the local history of New Mexico.

For further information about the Bataan Memorial Death March and Robert Land Academy's participation, click on the following link: Robert Land Academy - Bataan Death March

Wednesday October 23, 2013

The financial investment in a private school education is significant.  However, there may be tax effective solutions that help reduce the actual cost.  This article outlines some opptions that may provide the answer to that important question...

Are tuition payments to Robert Land Academy tax deductible?

If your son is under the age of 16 or is diagnosed with a disability (ADD, ADHD, ODD, Learning Disabled, or some other disability), you may qualify for tax relief for tuition payments paid to Robert Land Academy under Canada’s:

Medical Expense Tax Credit Disability Tax Credit Child Care Expense Deduction, or Through the creation of a Health Care Spending Account / Health & Welfare Trust (for business owners)

For further information on these topics, watch our pre-recorded information webinar hosted by financial planner Peter Merrick, President of Merrick Wealth.  In this webinar we provide insight around affording tuition at a private school and what the "real cost" is in terms of before-tax earnings.  Peter provides important information information about Canadian Tax Law and explains the Child Care Expense Deduction, Medical Expense Tax Credits, Health and Welfare Trusts, Health Care Spending Accounts, Registered Disability Savings Plans (RDSP), Ontarion Disability Special Payments (ODSP), and Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP).  

We have provided a link to the webinar slides that you can download and print, as well as a link to watch the webinar which was recored on October 28, 2013.

Download Webinar Slides

Watch the Webinar (42 min)

FURTHER INFORMATION, including links to relevant Canadian Revenue Agency Interpretation Bulletins.

CONTACT ROBERT LAND ACADEMY for further information about our program, to attend a parent information session, or to schedule an enrolment interview.  Call 905-386-6203 or Contact RLA

Wednesday October 16, 2013

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley congratulated students from Robert Land Academy for their hard work and dedication, and encouraged them to incorporate the Academy's values into their daily lives and to aspire to their fullest potential. Located in Wellandport, Ontario, Robert Land Academy is Canada's only private military school for boys in grades 6 through 12.

Students and faculty of Robert Land Academy pushed themselves to the limit during the Academy's annual three day exercise which took place October 8 through 10, 2013. The Academy was joined by cadets from Massanutten Military Academy located in Woodstock, Virginia. Starting their journey at Beamsville, Ontario, teams of cadets and faculty walked across the Niagara Region - arriving at their final destination, Brock's Monument at Queenston Heights. In total, the groups covered approximately 90 kilometres in three days, and included an overnight stay at historic Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Robert Land Academy and the completion of the Academy's 35th Fall Exercise. This annual tradition culminates at historic Queenston Heights.  Those newest members who joined the Academy in September and who have successfully completed their training are promoted from the rank of Recruit to Cadet at a ceremony which takes place just footsteps from Brock's Monument. His Honour, David Onley, the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and representative of Her Majesty the Queen, formally presented each student who was promoted to the rank of Cadet with the symbol of their new rank - the blue beret of Robert Land Academy with the Academy's hat badge affixed.

Robert Land Academy's Founder and Headmaster, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Bowman, thanked the Lieutenant Governor for his attendance and presented him with a framed portrait of the Academy's Colour.