Last Thursday, children of Oxbow Prairie Horizons School offered a play called ‘ Santa Goes Green ‘ where elves, ens animals and Mrs. Claus works to convince Santa Claus of the importance of the environment.
OXBOW, Sask.-A school council in the southeast of Saskatchewan, where many people work in the energy industry, apologize after some parents had offended a Christmas play with an environmental treasurer.
Last Thursday, children of the Oxbow Prairie Horizons School offered a play called ‘ Santa Goes Green ‘ where elves, ens animals and Mrs. Claus works to convince Santa Claus of the importance of the environment.
One song in particular, ‘ Turn Off the Pump ‘, resulted in angry responses to social media from parents who say that the song targeted them and others in the small community.
The Director of education for the South East Cornerstone Guesthouse Public School Division says in a statement that it is unfortunate that some of the members of the school community are sorry that some of the contents are irreverent.
Lynn Little says the staff chose the play because there was an opportunity for all children to take part, and the music was ‘ fervent ‘ and they believed they would enjoy carrying out the songs.
Little says the overall theme that focuses on recycling and sustainability, and that the children need to be recognised for their efforts.
‘ There was no point intended to be a political agenda or a message against the oil and gas industry, ‘ Little said in a statement.
“The concert is a key factor in the community and is a celebration of children. It is an annual highlight in the community. “
According to the school’s Facebook page, the play was written by Mac Huff and John Jacobson. Photo Art shows Santa Claus in a green pack and Rudolph with a white, compact fluorescence bulb for a nose.
The play was performed by numerous schools in North America and many of the performances are placed on YouTube.
“Turn the pump out and plug the Slein, it’s going to be a green holiday,” sing children at the start of a song in one online performance.
Furthermore, children sing: ‘ Nothing can spoil this holiday except for the price of a barrel oil.
‘ On this Christmas Eve we give it all, and drink us the slei with pure ethanol. ‘
The logo on the Town of Oxbow website contains a oil pumps, and the website marks that it is an area rich in oil.
The Canadian Press sent messages to several people who said online they were upset about the play but received no comments.
‘ Considering the state of our industry, it was a kick In the grofor those who work with it, ‘ one person posted on Facebook a day after he saw the play.
‘ Not the children’s fault… They smiled and sang and had fun, and the audience had respect and applauded, but the jaw dropped and hypocritical of the school to allow it, considering all the diesel school buses and all the financial support of the school. Get from people and businesses related to oil industry. “
Some people online also complained that there were penguins in the play. They pointed out that there are no penguins at the North Pole.
The principal, Jason Petpolish, sent enquiries to the school council.
The statement of Little said that the school board will learn from this event and commit them to go ahead. “
This report by the Canadian Press was published the first time on 23 December 2019.