History was made at the end of the 1963 Transvaal school year when a man who has been headmaster of the same school for years retires. He is Mr. R. E.Schormann, who took up the post of pnncIpal at the Irene School in July, 1927, and has been there until today. He was the first male principal of the school, appointed after studying at the University of the Witwatersrand and at the Johannesburg Teachers’ Training College. “I was very pleased that I was principal of a parallel-medium school, as this is, where the children of the two language groups can get to know one another,” said Mr. Schormann. “Not only do the children learn the second language easier, but they are also able to learn and respect the traditions, customs and outlook of the other language group.” In his lifetime, Mr. Schormann has seen Irene grow from a small village into a major residential area.