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news The Friends of the Schoolhouse web site will keep you informed about The Old Britannia Schoolhouse and the activities and events planned by the Friends' organization. We encourage you to check this site often. New information will be added monthly.

Open Sunday
May 13
1 to 4 pm.
Our Spring Garden

In our area winter lasted into April with snow, sleet and ice storms. We wondered if spring would ever arrive. If March winds and April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, the schoolhouse garden should at last be showing signs of life. Visit our Victorian garden to see what flowers have started to grow. Tulips and daffodils should be almost ready to bloom. Our gardens have native plants and plants that were typical of a school garden in the early 1900s. How many can you identify?

Mother's Day is a time to treat mother with a bouquet of flowers. Some flowers have a symbolic meaning. Find out what message you are sending with your gift of flowers. Enjoy an afternoon in the spring sunshine.

Spring Means Work in the Garden

Just like the early settlers, our volunteers are busy in our Victorian gardens. It seems the first things to appear in the spring are weeds. Cleaning up the gardens of winter debris and pulling weeds is the first - and not the most exciting- chore. This begins in May followed by pruning and planting. We are always looking for willing helpers. If interested, contact Karen Simmons at karsim@rogers.com.

The Meaning of Flowers

Knowing the symbolism of flowers was a popular pastime in the Victorian era. It is said that next to the bible in most homes was a guidebook giving the meaning of each flower. One had to be careful when offering a bouquet to someone.so as not to convey the wrong message. One kind of flower could have several meanings depending on the colour.

Here are some common flowers and their meanngs.

Roses

Dark red rose: unconscious beauty
White rose: purity, innocence, reverence, silence
Pink rose: grace, happiness, gentleness
Yellow rose: joy, friendship, the promise of a new beginning
Orange rose: desire and enthusiasm
Lavender rose: love at first sight
Coral rose: friendship, modesty, sympathy

Aster:love, daintiness

Begonia:beware

Carnation:women, love

Red: my heart aches, admiration
White: innocence, pure love
Pink: I'll never forget you
Yellow:disappointment, rejection

Chrysanthemum: cheerfulness

Sunflower: adoration

A complete list can be found on the internet.

Tussy Mussy

A Tussy Mussy is a small bouquet of flowers. Here is an example.

This one contains pink roses, white lily, daisies, lily of the valley and rosemary. The message is:
Happiness returns, remembering the innocent purity of romance.

Directions for making a Tussy Mussy can be found on the Fun and Games page.

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 2017-2018
1 to 4 pm - Something new every month from September to June with light refreshments.

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.

WANTED

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 Group

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