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What We Did and What We'll do Next

Annual Planning Meeting

Thursday, July 4th at 9:30am
Peel District School Board Office
Albion Room

Once a year we review the year’s activities and plan for the year ahead. Because our activities revolve around a schoolhouse, the “year” is the school year, not the calendar year. Thus our planning meeting is in July. Any member of the Friends is welcome to attend. Here are some highlights from 2018-19.

September

Brampton Fall Fair

Since 1995 Friends of the Schoolhouse have had a booth at the Brampton Fall Fair. Every year vegetables from the schoolhouse gardens win prizes. Both children and adults enjoy playing with the old fashioned toys we bring.

November

Christmas Decorating

In the last week of November we bring in a fir tree and festive decorations to transform the schoolhouse into a Victorian Christmas experience for the children. We don’t have a school concert as they would have done in those days.

December

Christmas Open House and Sale

At the beginning of December we have a festive Christmas Open House with cider and cookies for visitors. Our sale tables are stocked with all kinds of old-fashioned items that are good last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. This is one of our major fund raising efforts of the year.

January to April

Open Sundays

During the winter the monthly Open Sundays continue to attract visitors. Each Sunday has a theme. This year’s themes in January, February, March and April were: Games Day, Valentine’s Day, Maple Syrup, Bees and Their Honey, Open Sundays are held on the second Sunday of every month except July and August.

May

Gardening

Tending our Victorian historic garden involves several dedicated volunteers who begin garden clean up in early May and continue to pull weeds until frost hits in the fall.

June

SLATE

This gathering of staff and volunteers from historic one room schools is usually held in May. This year’s two day meeting was held at The Lost Villages Museum in Long Sault, Ontario, K0C 1P0. This is a chance to share ideas about teaching in a living history setting.

July

Lemonade on the Lawn

This is the last event of the year. We invite our members, board staff and their families to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a noon hour break on the schoolhouse lawn. Friends supply the lemonade and cookies. It is our way of thanking everyone for their support.

All Year

Ongoing activities involve promoting our book Echoes of the Past, advocating for and supporting the schoolhouse and its programs, publicizing the schoolhouse and the Friends on our website, through our quarterly newsletter and with frequently changing exhibits in a showcase in the atrium of the school board office.

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.

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