All students, no
matter what age, look forward to the end of
June and Grad. These days, even playschool
children have a "graduation"
ceremony! It hasn't always been that way in
Back in the early
20th century, simply attending
school was an accomplishment but schools sprung
up, became larger and a "real"
education came within reach of most rural
children. Graduation from grade 12
became an increasingly desirable goal but grade
12 courses weren't offered in
Onoway until the 1945-1946 school year. Prior to
that, students had to go to a
larger centre (or Lac Ste. Anne Dormitory) to
finish high school. At last, in
June 1947 the first three students graduated
from Beaupré School: Beatrice
Evans, Harry Taylor and Clarence Tomlinson.
– This composite photo of the top grade 9
students in 1953-1954 was intended
to inspire other students who followed them.
Four of the five graduated in 1957.
Beaupré School was
one building where all grades were
taught. There were additions and expansions over
the years but it was
essentially one unit. To show the importance of
advancing to "high school",
photos of grade nine honor students were hung on
the school wall.
70 program – Students now graduate
from OHS, not Beaupré.
70 names - Copies of the Grad 70
programme were printed
on the Gestetner in the staff work
In 1960 a five-room
high school was built on the hill
north-east of the Brick School but the two
buildings were still Beaupré School.
With the start of the 1969-1970 school term,
Onoway Elementary School and
Onoway Jr. Sr. High School replaced Beaupre
School. That year, Onoway boasted
By 2000, there were
90 grads. The grad class of 2012 was the
largest to date with 120 students. And the
graduation celebrations just kept
Class of 2011 - Tickets ware required to gain
admission to the graduation celebration.
Graduates of 2019 – Congratulations!
Treasure the memories!
Save the memorabilia and keep hard copies – they
will pass the test of time!