At the beginning of the school year 2018-2019, we launched our 3-year school development plan. At the same time, we set our eyes on the centenary of MCS in 2025. We started our 7-year preparation by underscoring the spirit of the school motto: virtues alone ennobles. By focusing on the four cardinal virtues, namely, Prudence, Temperance, Justice and Courage, as well as the three theological virtues: Faith, Hope and Love, we strive to build the character of our students to help them face their future challenges in life.
Where will you be in 6 years’ time? Wherever you will be, I hope you can look back with pride and joy at the very fine education you have received in Maryknoll. I also hope that you can return to MCS and tell the teachers and students at that time how you have lived out the virtues and how MCS has shaped you to be respectable individuals with upright character; while continuing to pursue excellence, to realise your full potentials, to be forward-looking as well as to devote your time in serving home, country and the world.
To develop in our students a willingness to serve is one of our school goals. This academic year, all F.1 to F.5 classes were invited to propose and carry out their own class service projects. I was happy to observe that both students and homeroom teachers were passionate about cleaning the shores, acting as food angels for the homeless and the poor, among other worthwhile causes. They have certainly come up with fun-filled and meaningful service projects.
To develop in students a thirst of knowledge is part of our mission. This year, to further promote our reading culture, we have gathered a group of avid readers to be Reading Ambassadors to share their love of good books. We also have acquired a Milk Library, where students can feel free to take and leave books inside to nourish their souls, just like milk nourishes our bodies.
Besides these exciting projects, our students gave their fullest in all kinds of curricular and extra-curricular activities. They received outstanding results in language-related activities, performing arts, sports, and various subject-based, as well as STEM and entrepreneurial initiatives. Taking part in all these has brought them fruitful experience; through them some have gained chances to further broaden their horizons this summer, by taking them to Taiwan to compete in the World GreenMech Contest, to Cambodia to take part in the Global LAB (Learning Across Borders) Final Competition and to Singapore for the Young Scientist Study Tour.
May God continue to bless and guide MCS as we prepare for our centenary!