For the school year 2013-2014, we have
chosen a very uplifting theme: “Courage!
You are chosen. Go and bear fruit!”
In the past few months, we have experienced how different school events have resonated this theme.
In October 2013, we had the premiere of “Trailblazers in Habits”. We welcomed three Maryknoll sisters, Sr Jeanne Houlihan, our former school supervisor, Sr Betty Ann Maheu and Sr Rose Gallagher, who came from the Maryknoll Motherhouse in Ossining, New York, to officiate at the premiere. In the film, we saw how the Maryknoll sisters, who have been called to their mission, testify to their faith.
In April and May 2014, we said goodbye to three Maryknoll sisters, Sr Rose Duschene, Sr Agnes Cazale and Sr Agnes Welscher. They all played an important part in our school history and must now be watching over us from above.
We are all indebted to the Maryknoll sisters who have crossed oceans to come to this part of the world to love and serve the people of Hong Kong and the Mainland. They are trailblazers and women of great courage.
Some nine years ago, another group of courageous women inherited the great legacy of the Maryknoll sisters. Together, they successfully founded the Maryknoll Convent School Foundation which became our School Sponsoring Body. With the guidance of the Councillors of the MCS Foundation, the Incorporated Management Committee (better known as the IMC) was established in August 2013. Over the past few months, IMC meetings were held, subcommittees were formed. The school managers and subcommittee members worked closely together to ensure there was a smooth transition. New members brought new ideas and a new surge of energy for the betterment of the school.
The establishment of the IMC was also considered an opportune moment to undergo a thorough review of the school. By taking a good, hard look at where we are, where our strengths and potentials lie, where there is room for improvement, we are now in a better position to make a visionary plan for the coming years. It is hoped that we can scale new heights and brace ourselves to face the challenges of the 21st Century. During the review, lessons were observed, meetings were held, views were exchanged. Managers, teachers, parents and students, including some of you here who are in F.6, had a chance to share with our Critical Friend how you perceive the school. In the report of this Critical Friend Review, Maryknoll girls are portrayed as free-spirited, caring, confident, creative and possessing good interpersonal skills.
As this school year comes to a close, I hope you will carry with you this special message: “Courage! You are chosen. Go and bear fruit!”
May God continue to bless and keep you and our beloved school Maryknoll.