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.