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Open Sunday November 10

1 to 4 pm

Remembrance Day

Each year at our November Open Sunday we honour Remembrance Day. Last year was the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. It was to have been the war to end all wars. We know that was not to be and this year we will remember D Day in World War ii. This year marks the 75th anniversary of D Day.

We will honour and remember the members of our Armed Forces with displays of wartime photos, medals and newspaper articles. Please join us in recognizing this special day and make a poppy, a peace dove or a bookmark to take home as a lasting remembrance.

Christmas at the Schoolhous

The Christmas season is always special at the schoolhouse. The Friends decorate the classroom as it would have been in Victorian times with a tree, crepe paper streamers at the windows and a wreath on the door. Children whose classes are scheduled for a December visit to the schoolhouse are delighted with the festive atmosphere.

In addition to decorating the schoolhouse, the Friends also have a Christmas Sale at the Peel District School Board office on Matheson Blvd. and a Christmas Open House and Sale at the schoolhouse. The Open House and Sale is an opportunity to see the schoolhouse in its Christmas finery and also to buy some last minute stocking stuffers. Please join us at these events.

Holiday Sale at
The Peel Board Office

Thursday, November 21, 2019


Once again, Friends of the Schoolhouse will be hosting an Open House and Sale at the Peel Board Office Atrium - Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 10am-2pm. A wonderful array of vintage toy replicas, cards and books will be for sale, as well as, honey, and jams and jellies.


Coming Events

Be sure to check our Events Page for all the activities and events planned for 2019-2020. In addition to Open Sundays every second Sunday afternoon of the month, there will be a Christmas Sale at the Board Office, the annual Christmas Open House and Sale and Heritage Week celebrations.

Our Latest Newsletter

The Fall 2019 newsletter is now available online.Click here to find it.



Once again, Friends of the Schoolhouse will be hosting an Open House and Sale on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 1-4pm. A wonderful array of vintage toy replicas, cards and books will be for sale. A few vendors will also join us including a honey company, jelly and jam creations as well as beautiful works by a Canadian Blacksmith.


Britannia School Class Photos

At the schoolhouse there are a number of class photos of S.S.#12, Toronto Township pupils taken over the years. Most of these were framed and displayed at the back of the classroom. However, over the years many had faded badly.The Friends found the best copy of each that we could, scanned and enhanced each as much as possible, had new prints made and had fourteen of these class photos reframed with museum standard glass, which not only makes the photos clearer to view but cuts out 99% of the damaging light.

A copy of each photo has also been put in a binder for easier perusing. Also included in the binder are student data banks and a list of teachers taken from all the old school registers that could be found. This will be especially helpful for the visiting classes' inquiry program.

We unfortunately did not have names for three of the 1950's photos. Thanks to former S.S.#12 pupils Lis (Anderson) Braun, Cathy (Lawrence) Cameron, Betty Ann (Locking) Wolder and Pat (Moseley) Leach we now have almost all those names. Their enthusiastic response to our appeal for help made us think that we should plan for another reunion of former students, perhaps in May or June 2020.

Here's a photo of the last class at Britannia in 1959.

Once again, Friends of the Schoolhouse will be hosting an Open House and Sale on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 1-4pm. A wonderful array of vintage toy replicas, cards and books will be for sale. A few vendors will also join us including a honey company, jelly and jam creations as well as beautiful works by a Canadian Blacksmith.


Are You Ready For Schoolyard Game?

Students at a one room schoolhouse stayed at school all day so there was lots of time at recess and lunch hour to play games. Here are a few today’s children might not know.

Roll the Hoop

A light weight hoop, perhaps a barrel stave and a stick are needed for this game. The object of the game is to roll the hoop along, pushing it with the stick. See who can make it roll the longest and the farthest.


This was mostly played by girls. A small hoop, sometimes decorated with ribbons, is tossed back and forth and caught with sticks.

Stilt Walking

A test to see who can walk the farthest and stay up the longest on the stilts.


A circle about three feet in diameter is drawn on the ground. Each person puts a marble in the centre of the circle. The goal is to use a “shooter” marble to knock one of the marbles out of the circle. If successful the person gets another turn. If not, the next person tries. A marble shot out of the circle belongs to the person who shot it out. In friendly games the marbles were returned to their owners at the end of the game. Sometimes the game was played “for keeps” and the winner kept the marbles.

Kick the Can

An old can is kicked around the schoolyard. There are no set rules. The players agree on the kind of game and the rules before beginning.

Tug of War

Two teams and a length of rope are all that are needed. A centre point is marked on the ground. Teams line up on either side of the centre point holding the rope. On the signal to start each team tries to pull the other team across the centre line.

Time to Renew Your Membership

Our membership year runs from January to December. Membership forms for renewal or new membership are on this website. Click here to get the form.

Echoes of the Past

This book, written and published by Friends of the Schoolhouse, documents the history of all of the rural one room schools that existed in Peel County.
Full colour, 208 pages, $30
It is available at all our events or from any member of the Friends of the Schoolhouse Executive.
There is a $10 charge for mailing.

Book Talks

Since the book, Echoes of The Past, was published in May 2016, the writers have been giving illustrated talks to historical societies and other interested groups. We talk about the book and tailor each presentation to suit the audience and the one room schools that were in their local area.
If your group would be interested in having a presentation, please contact Jean (905 826 3475) jkrob@rogers.com for further information.

Membership Drive

If you haven't already renewed your membership in the Friends of the Schoolhouse, it's time to do so. Our membership year runs from January to December. We welcome new members. Membership forms can be downloaded and printed using this link. Members play a vital part in preserving the schoolhouse and maintaining and expanding the programs for children who spend a day experiencing school life of long ago. Members receive four newsletters a year, additional notices of events, and are invited to an appreciation "Lemonade on the Lawn" event in July. In addition there are opportunities to volunteer on committees and at events.

Come and Join Us

If you have a couple of hours a month or only a few hours once or twice a year you could help us support the schoolhouse and its programs. The executive committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month from September to June to conduct the business of the Friends of the Schoolhouse and to plan programs and events. Our meetings are from 4 to 6 in the afternoon at the schoolhouse. Volunteers help on an occasional basis with our events and in the gardens. Not only do we support a worthwhile cause, we have a lot of fun doing it. Email our Executive Director Shirley Hoad at shoad@bell.net, if you have a few hours to spare and an interest in helping preserve a community treasure for future generations of children.

Open Sundays 2019-2020
1 to 4 pm - Something new every month from September to June.

For more information about our Open Sunday programs go to the Events page.

Mark Your Calendar

To see a list of our year's events go to the Events page.

Researching our Roots

There is still much more to discover about the Old Britannia Schoolhouse and other early one room schools. Read below for a wish list of "Wanted" items that will help us learn more about our historic schoolhouse.


For use in a book on one-room schools in Peel County:
  • Minute Books
  • Cash Books
  • Class Photos
  • Report Cards
  • Prize Ribbons
  • Medals
  • Certificates
  • Shields
  • Contracts
  • Trustee Memorabilia
  • Teacher Memorabilia
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • School Registers

Your contribution will be acknowledged. Materials supplied will either be returned to you or donated to the Peel County Archives on your behalf.


SLATE stands for So Let's All Talk Education (in a one room school), or as one witty person suggested, being truly Canadian, So Let's All Talk Eh! Each year for a day in the spring people involved in working or volunteering in living history one room schoolhouses get together to exchange ideas and learn from each other. We meet at a different schoolhouse location each year which gives everyone the opportunity to experience how living history is presented in a setting different from their own.

If you are a staff member or volunteer in a living history one room schoolhouse and would like more information about SLATE, contact:

Christine Chapel
The Old Britannia Schoolhouse
5576 Hurontario Street
Mississauga, ON
L5R 1B3
905-890-1010 ext 2911