School division issues statement on play
December 23, 2019, 6:03 pm
The Southeast Cornerstone School Division issued a media statement today in response to controversy that has erupted over the decision by Prairie Horizons School in Oxbow to present a global warming themed Christmas concert.
Many people in Oxbow are employed in the resource industry and said they believe there were political undertones to the Christmas play.
The synopsis of the play from its publishers is: "Melting ice caps; global warming; surfing reindeer! The North Pole is going green this year and everyone is excited – everyone; that is; except Santa who likes things just the way they are. Solar panels; LED light bulbs; new power sources? It all sounds a bit inconvenient to him. Mrs. Claus; the elves; toys and reindeer have their hands full!"
Lynn Little, director of education for the school division issued the following statement December 23:
On Thursday, December 19th, the K-5 children of Oxbow Prairie Horizons School located in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, put on a Christmas production for the school community.
SECPSD apologizes that some of the content was found to be disrespectful to some members of our school community.
This was not the intent.
At no point was there meant to be a political agenda or an anti-oil and gas industry message.
The concert is a staple of the community and is a celebration of children.
It is an annual community highlight.
The production was chosen by staff as there was an opportunity for all of the children to be in engaged in the performance.
The music was peppy and there was a belief that the children would enjoy the songs and performing it.
The overall theme focused on recycling and sustainability.
The children were performing for their parents, families and community members and they are proud of their efforts and should be recognized for that.
We will learn from this event and commit to moving forward.
We would respectfully ask that if parents or community have further questions or concerns that they contact the school after the staff return from their Christmas vacation.
The school and system are on break at this time.
We have received many media requests as have community members.
Please respect the privacy of our students and families both in social and mainstream media.
We respectfully ask that any pictures or video shared of children on social media be removed unless permission has been granted by the parent.