On Saturday, June 23rd 2012 Robert Land Academy hosted its 33rd annual All-Academy Closing Ceremony and Graduation Parade. Nine Cadets graduated from grade 8, and 20 grade 12 seniors received their Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma, with every one of the Academy’s senior graduates continuing their education at university or college in the fall.
Head Boy and Valedictorian, Warrant Officer Paul Burrill, addressed the faculty, parents and guests in attendance. He spoke of the challenges he faced both prior to attending and while at RLA, and he thanked the faculty for their dedication and persistence, and his parents for giving him a “second chance” by sending him to Robert Land Academy. In his final words he urged, “Cadets of Robert Land, continue to work hard, and display the values that have been taught to us. They will serve you well.”
To read the full Valedictorian Address, click on the following link: 2012 Valedictory Address
Formed in 1942, the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion trained in England and first saw action when it parachuted into France as part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. The Battalion battled through the Ardennes, Holland and on March 24, 1945 took part in the invasion of Germany during “Operation Varsity” (The Rhine Drop). Disbanded on September 30, 1945, the soldiers of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion were the most skilled Canadian soldiers to fight in World War II and advanced deeper into Germany than any other Canadian unit during the war.
Robert Land Academy is proud of its strong relationship with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Association. LCol Fraser Eadie served with the Battalion throughout the war, and as Commanding Officer from March through September 1945. He later served as a Governor and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Robert Land Academy, maintaining close relations with the Academy until his passing in 2003. The Academy’s parade square (Eadie Square) is named in his honour. At a dedication ceremony in October 2005, Robert Land Academy hosted members of the Eadie family along with 11 members of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion. A plaque commemorating LCol Eadie’s service to the Academy was unveiled and is permanently mounted in a place of honour on the parade square.
Robert Land Academy maintains a close relationship with the members of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Association, and flies the Association’s colours at special parades and functions. The Cadets of Robert Land Academy are fortunate to regularly welcome Association members to the Academy.
These veterans’ service to Canada truly exemplifies those values that the Academy promotes in each of its Cadets - LOYALTY, LABOUR, COURAGE, COMMITMENT and HONOUR.
We are proud to include these heroes as part of the Robert Land Academy family, and to have them as part of our history.
For further information about Robert Land Academy or the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, visit these websites:
Robert Land Academy student Alex M is on his way to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association's (OFSAA) Wrestling Championships to be held in Peterborough, Ontario this March.
Competing in the 67.5 kg category at the 2012 Southern Ontario School Athletic Association (SOSSA) Wrestling Championships on February 22, 2012, Alex won all three of his matches to take the gold medal, earning him a place at the OFSAA Wrestling Championships in Peterborough. His first match was against a tough competitor from Beamsville Secondary School. Alex was taken down for one point in the first 30 seconds of the match. After the referee called both wrestlers to their feet, Alex hit his opponent with a 3 point ankle pick, landing him on his back. Alex pinned his opponent there for the win. His second match was against the Zone 1 Champion from A.N. Meyer Secondary School. Alex has had many tough battles with this young man throughout the season. This day Alex won the first round on a tie breaker 2-2, lost the second round 4-3, and squeaked out a win in the third round with a score of 7-4. This was a nail biter, and Alex’s coaches were concerned that he may lose the match at one point when he found himself on his back nearly being pinned. Alex toughed is way out of the pinning situation to eventually win his second match of the day. In his 3rd and final match Alex wrestled another tough opponent from St. Catharines. Alex won this match in 2 rounds earning him the gold medal in his weight classification.
Aside from earning a place to compete at the OFSAA Championships this March, Alex will also represent Team Ontario at the Canadian 2012 Cadet/Juvenile National Wrestling Championships which will take place in Fredericton, New Brunswick, April 11-15, 2012.
This grade 11 student is in his third year of attendance at Robert Land Academy, a private military school for boys located in Wellandport, Ontario. Well done Alex!
Download Robert Land Academy's December 2011 newsletter The SITREP. Read about past events, current events and upcoming events.
- Greetings from the Headmaster, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Bowman
- Induction of Honourary Colonel, General Jack Fox
- Graduation 2011
- Fall Exercise 2011
- Scarlet Parade
- Announcing our New Alumni Website
- Links to Robert Land Academy social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube
- Upcoming Events
- And more...