“When I arrived here Irene was a very small place. There were only31 children at the school. They came mainly from the village itself and the surrounding farms. Their parents were either farmers or civil servants who worked in Pretoria.” “Lyttelton just did not exist. There was one house just opposite the railway building. The area did not develop because there were no water supplies. There was also no Waterkloof air base; just open veld and farms,” he said. Although he is retiring as principal of the school, Mr. Schormann hopes that he will be able to continue teaching in another school. “I feel so active and I could still be of great value as a teacher,” he said. A farewell function for the retiring headmaster was held in the Irene Village hall on December 18. Both parents and ex-pupils was present.