HAPPY SCHOOL: Receptionist Bardis Samie, Amina Phileman, principal Riyaadh Najaar, school governing body representative Moulana Isgak Peters, Nasreen Martin and receptionist Kelly Marinus. Picture: Tamryn Christians
Cape Town - “Every recipe to success has a secret ingredient. Mr Najaar was our secret ingredient.”

Those were the thoughts of a Spine Road High School governing body representative, Moulana Isgak Peters, when he described the school's 100% matric 2017 pass rate.

Spine Road High was the only “township” school in the Western Cape to have attained a 100% pass rate and among only three other schools in the Southern district, alongside Wynberg Boys and Wynberg Girls, to do so.

“I am extremely ecstatic about the result,” Spine Road High School principal Riyaadh Najaar said through tears of joy.

“The praise goes firstly to the Almighty who has carried us through, then to the teachers for their hard work and sacrifice and also to the learners who played their part.”

The high school also managed to attain a 100% pass rate for maths and English for the first time in the school's existence.

“We knew that they would do well but not this well. We are over the moon,” he said.

Principal Riyaadh Najaar on the 100% pass. Spine Road High, who had the highest number of learners enrolled (198) is the only 'township' school with 100% and one of three schools in the Southern district alongside Wynberg Boys and Wynberg Girls. 2017 was Najaars last year as the principal of the school.

Mathematics teacher Fatiema Manuel said she was overwhelmed.“I am very proud of the learners for their hard work and efforts. Mr Najaar was by my side every step of the way as I guided the learners to this achievement,” she said.

Top learner La’eeqa Martin, 17, who obtained seven distinctions, felt ecstatic. “Honestly, I don't even have words to describe how I feel.”

La’eeqa's mother, Nasreen Martin, was overcome with emotion. “It wasn’t easy being a single parent, raising her on my own. She deserves this moment.”

Cape Argus