Duck Lake school graduates record-breaking class

A school in Duck Lake is celebrating a rare accomplishment — everyone who started their Grade 12 school year is graduating.
Everyone who registered for Grade 12 at Stobart Community is graduating Grade 12 , a noteworthy accomplishment Steve Pasqualotto reports. 2:05

A school in Duck Lake is celebrating a rare accomplishment — everyone who started their Grade 12 school year is graduating.

"It's kind of overwhelming, but at the same time you get like a sense of accomplishment and happiness," Kiara Epp, one of the 18 students in this year's graduating class at Stobart Community School, told CBC News.

A 100 per cent graduation rate is something everyone at the school can celebrate, the principal said.

"I think it's the atmosphere in this building," Reg Nicolas said. "We provide a caring, nurturing, family-like environment for all the kids and that's the biggest success."

Among those providing the supports are teachers like Charmain Cameron who regularly spends extra time with the students. Cameron is Métis and from the community, something she believes helps her in her job.

"We can understand their situations, maybe at home, their homelife and have more compassion for what they go through sometimes," Cameron told CBC News. "Even before 9 o'clock before they get to school."

Also noteworthy are the school's full-day pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten programs as well as support services such as a daycare for teen parents.

"Without the daycare I probably wouldn't have been able to do it," Epp said. "They're a really huge help and a big support."

Epp is hoping to pursue a career as a youth care worker.

The school has a significant First Nations and Métis student body and is hoping to continue its success with graduation rates.

According to the most recent statistics, Stobart is graduating First Nations and Métis students at more than two times the provincial average. Provincially the graduation rate is 32 per cent. At Stobart, it's 72 per cent.

Duck Lake is about 90 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

With files from CBC's Steve Pasqualotto