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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.

Celebrate Canada 150 All Month

July 1, 1867 is the date the Confederation of Canada became official. Since then Canadians have celebrated every first of July with parties, parades, fireworks and just generally having fun. There will be even more festivities this year as we celebrate the 150th year of confederation. Here are some suggestions for interesting and fun ways to recognize Canada 150 not just on July 1 but all month.

A Special Houour for Our Book

Echoes of the Past has been selected for the Local Authors Showcase 2917/2018 at the Brampton Library. Our book will be housed in the Local Authors Showcase collection at the Chinguacousy branch, listed in the online catalogue and become part of the library's general circulating collection when the showcase launches. It will also be promoted on the library's website for 12 months. The showcase launch event is August 18. It is exciting to see the book so well received. Thank you to the Brampton Library for this recognition.

Back to School

By mid-August children and parents begin thinking about getting ready for the new school year. Stores have been promoting "back to school" items since July. Years ago, in rural areas, school was often year round. These days we think of year round schooling as an innovative concept that is being tried in a few areas. In the late 1800s and early 1900s school attendance was based on convenience. Younger children attended when the weather was good in spring, summer and fall and walking was easy. Older children attended in winter and when not needed on the farm in spring and fall. When looking at old school registers for one room schools we often found 50 or 60 pupils listed. One room schools could never have accommodated this many at one time so staggered attendance was essential.

The Friends of the Schoolhouse is also looking forward to a new school year. We have many activities planned and our Open Sundays will resume in September on the second Sunday of the month. We look forward to having you visit.

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 2015-2016
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.


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:

Helen Booth
Museum Director
Town of Lincoln's Jordan Historical Museum
3800 Main Street
Jordan, ON. L0R 1S0
Fax: 905-562-7786