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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.

Latest News

Our Fall newsletter is now online. Click here to get it. It has news of all our recent events and information about all of the coming events for this year.

Open Sunday November 11
1 to 4 pm

On Sunday, November 11, the 100th anniversary of the end of WWT, 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.

One Hundred Years Later

At 11 am on November 11, 1918, the “War to End All Wars” ended. Canada participated in this horrendous conflict with 61 000 Canadians killed and 127 000 injured. Many more returned home with less obvious injuries that were called “shell shock” and that we know today as PTSD.

Armistice Day was first held throughout the British Empire in 1919 on the second Monday in November. In 1921 a bill passed by the Canadian Parliament established the first Monday in the week in which November 11 fell as the official Armistice Day. Since this was also Thanksgiving Day there were few ceremonies recognizing Armistice Day. Veterans and their families attended church services or services at war memorials but there were few public ceremonies recognizing the end of WWWI.

By 1931 pressure from veterans and the public convinced the federal government to declare November 11 Remembrance Day. The day would recognize the sacrifice of fallen soldiers rather than celebrating the military victory. It would also be a call for peace.

Every year since, ceremonies have been held at war memorials in towns and cities across Canada. The largest is at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, built in 1927, is the most visible Canadian memorial.

An excellent resource for more information about Canada’s involvement in the war can be found at this link.

Christmas at the Schoolhouse

November 22
10am to 2pm

After a hiatus of a few years, there will be a Christmas sale in the atrium of the Board Office on November 22. It will be a great chance to pick up a few stocking stuffers. We’ll have toys, books, honey, preserves, cards and more.

December 2
1 to 4pm

Our December Open Sunday will be combined with our Schoolhouse Christmas sale. The Schoolhouse will be decorated in all its old fashioned glory. We will, of course, have Schoolhouse items for sale. There will be returning vendors as well as some new vendors. We hope you will consider doing some of your Christmas shopping at the schoolhouse. While you’re browsing enjoy hot cider and cookies.

Victorian Open House & Sale at the Old Britannia Schoolhouse

When: Sunday Dec. 2nd, 2018 1- 4pm

Where: Britannia Schoolhouse (Hurontario and Matheson)

We have something for everyone at our December Open House and Sale. Wonderful products for sale including natural items from Osprey Bluffs Honey Company and a huge selection of home preserves. Grand Valley Fibre will have alpaca yarns and felt products, along with a wonderful array of vintage toy replicas, cards, books and holiday items. Come and see the schoolhouse decorated for an old-fashioned Christmas and you will complete your holiday shopping.

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 2018-2019
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:

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