Bring back the Christmas Concert to Ecole St. Malo School
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Ecole St. Malo School

Bring back the Christmas Concert to Ecole St. Malo School

    1. Agnes N Gosselin
    2. Petition by

      Agnes N Gosselin

      St. Malo, Canada

Why has the Christmas Concert changed to a Winter Concert?  Why do many Christians, and their communities and schools, fear to openly proclaim the religious significance of Christmas? 

Thankfully the morning prayer has recently been reinstated after parents on the parent committee were informed. They were not aware that it was not being done.

To:
Ecole St. Malo School
Guarding school children from observing another person's religious expression does not nurture understanding, it nurtures ignorance, and it deprives them of learning experiences that broaden their understanding of life. Thank-you for recently reinstating the morning prayer.

We ask that the Joy of Christmas be celebrated at school. Please consider bringing back the Christmas Concert.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Andy Rooney says:

      Agnes N Gosselin
      Petition Organizer

      Life, liberty or your pursuit of happiness will not be endangered in any way because someone says a 30-second prayer before a football game.

      So what's the big deal?

      It's not like somebody is up there reading the entire Book of Acts. They're just talking to a God they believe in and asking him to grant safety to the players on the field and the fans going home from the game.

      But it's a Christian prayer, some will argue.

      Yes, and this is the United States of America , and Canada , countries founded on Christian principles. According to our very own phone book, Christian churches outnumber all others better than 200-to-1.
      So what would you expect --
      Somebody chanting Hare Krishna?

      If I went to a football game in Jerusalem ,
      I would expect to hear a Jewish prayer.

      If I went to a soccer game in Baghdad,
      I would expect to hear a Muslim prayer.

      If I went to a ping pong match in China ,
      I would expect to hear someone pray to Buddha.

    2. Ecole St. Malo School allows God in the the school.

      Agnes N Gosselin
      Petition Organizer

      http://blog.beliefnet.com/watchwomanonthewall/files/2012/02/God-why-do-you-allow-so-much-violence-in-schools2.jpg
      Just to clarify, the school in St. Malo does allow God in the the school. The crucifixes have been removed nevertheless the morning prayer has recently been reinstated and they continue to offer religion classes. Only wish they would allow Christ in their Concert held in December. December is the month of Christmas, Jesus' birthday. We can celebrate winter in January or February.

      On another note: God bless the families of the terrible tragedy that happened in a Connecticut elementary school. My heart goes out to the entire community.

    3. Politically correct?

      Agnes N Gosselin
      Petition Organizer

      Why is it not politically correct here in our little community to have a Christmas Concert yet there are still many Christmas Concerts in public schools across the Province, even the city of Winnipeg.

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. Good Intentions

      Agnes N Gosselin
      Petition Organizer

      Dec 13/12: I am getting beat up by a handful of people and congratulated by many others. My intent is not to offend anyone or cause conflict. My intention is for change. If the petition is misleading as accused, I will publicly apologize and inform all signers. I am waiting for the Principal to verify facts or myths. Once received I will post them. Was the decision to change the concert to a “Winter” concert made by one individual or a handful of people or were the parents involved in the decision? I work with the information I receive and post it as I get it. The information I post is from reliable sources. My intention with the petition is to get enough signatures then bring it to the principal hoping she might consider changing the concert back to a “Christmas” Concert. I didn’t expect to make enemies. My intents were, and still are, for the good of our school and community, especially the children.

    6. Children's views of Christmas

      Agnes N Gosselin
      Petition Organizer
      A Kids View of the Christmas Story

      http://www.PCCToday.com | Portland Christian Center | A Portland Oregon Church The story of Christmas told by preschool & kindergarten students from Hilltop Preschool & Kindergarten.

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. Public Schools Act

      Agnes N Gosselin
      Petition Organizer

      If a petition asking for religious exercises, signed by the parents or guardians of 75% of the pupils in the case of a school having fewer than 80 pupils or by the parents or guardians of at least 60 pupils in the case of a school having an enrollment of 80 or more pupils, is presented to the school board, religious exercises shall be conducted for the children of those parents or guardians in that school year.

    9. INSTRUCTION IN RELIGION

      Agnes N Gosselin
      Petition Organizer

      Authorization for instruction in religion

      80(1) Instruction in religion may be conducted in any school in Manitoba if authorized by a by-law passed by the school board.

      Petition for instruction in religion

      80(2) If a petition requesting that religious instruction be given in a school is presented to the school board and is signed by

      (a) the parents or guardians of at least 10 children attending the school having one or two classrooms; or

      (b) the parents or guardians of at least 25 children attending the school having three or more classrooms;

      the school board shall pass a by-law authorizing instruction in religion in compliance with the petition.

      To Read More copy and paste the following website to your browser.
      http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/ccsm/p250_2e.php
      You will need scroll down.

    10. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Danielle Gosselin AIRDRIE, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      If it were not for Christ, the holiday would not exist! Also, we can respect other religious beliefs without ignoring ours.

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    • Helene Lafantaisie ST. MALO, CAPE VERDE
      • 7 months ago

      It is Christmas!!

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    • Chauntelle Preteau THOMPSON, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      As Christian Canadians we do not travel to other countries and tell the people they cannot practice their religious beliefs. And so people should not come to our country and tell us to do so. You do your thing and let us do ours. Equality for all! Bring back Christmas!

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    • Jacques Dubois ST MALO MANITOBA, GABON
      • 7 months ago

      Bring back Christmas to St Malo school

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    • Charlene Grenier WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      Its part of our Canadian rights. Canadian traditions. Its Merry Christmas not Happy Holidays!

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