A1. Maryknoll Convent School (MCS) Foundation Limited is the School Sponsoring Body of MCS since 2005; prior to that, it was the Maryknoll Sisters of St Dominic. As many Maryknoll Sisters who were actively involved with the School started to retire and moving back to the Maryknoll Motherhouse in New York, the Sisters deliberated at length on how to pass the MCS baton. The decision was to invite a group of former students, teachers and principals to establish the Maryknoll Convent School Foundation Limited, entrusting them to carry on the Maryknoll spirit and lead the School into the future.
A2.The Foundation’s vision and mission follows the guidance of the Maryknoll Sisters of St Dominic. The primary objectives of the Foundation are:
To provide all-round, affordable and quality education for girls in accordance with the Vision and Mission;
To promote Christian values in a school setting;
To offer financial assistance to needy students; and
To raise money for the promotion of quality education generally and for the Maryknoll Convent School Educational Trust (so long as it remains a charitable trust) in particular.
A3. The roles and responsibilities of the Foundation are stated in the MCS Foundation Articles of Association Section 42. In a nutshell, the School Sponsoring Body is responsible for supervising and overseeing the operation and administration of the school, as guided by the Vision of the school, to ensure that the Mission is carried out. The Foundation also gives general directions to the Incorporated Management Committee (IMC) in formulating the school’s educational policies, and overseeing the IMC’s performance.
A4. There are many ways to be involved in the Foundation’s work. You could offer your time and expertise in one of the three current sub committees – Communications Committee, Membership Committee, and Information & Technology Committee. The Foundation’s Council may also form other committees and task teams as and when the need arises. These are also effective avenues for Ordinary and Executive Members to understand the roles and responsibilities of the School Sponsoring Body, such as the AGM and events organized by the Membership Committee.
Every alumni joins as an Ordinary Member, and as you participate in more events and contribute to the Foundation’s committees or task teams, you could be elected or appointed as an Executive Member. As an Executive Members you assume broader responsibilities, which obviously means more commitment of time. Executive Members could be elected to be Councilors, who have the responsibility to oversee Incorporated Management Committee (IMC) of both the primary and secondary schools, as stipulated in the Foundation M&A.
A5. Other than membership fees, the Foundation does not have any other income, nor does it carry out any active fund raising activities. However, the Foundation does have running expenses such as administrative support, and the maintenance of the website, etc. The Foundation also incubates projects that will benefit the School and the students. The mentorship programme is one example - initiated and nurtured by the Foundation for a number of years, the programme is currently organized by the teachers and senior students of the Secondary School. The membership fees is therefore a nominal source of income expended for purposes mentioned above.
A6. Below is a comparative chart, differentiating the roles and responsibilities of the three organizations. While each has a clear mandate, members of these three bodies work closely with each other on an on-going basis.
|Key Roles & Responsibilities||The Foundation is the School Sponsoring Body of Maryknoll Convent School responsible for supervising and overseeing the operation and administration of the Primary and Secondary sections of the School.||Fund raising to meet school needs (e.g. building the new section) Work of the Trust:Jockey Club Wing (Secondary Section), Jockey Club Wing (Primary Section), Furniture and Equipment for the Rogers Annex etc.||To promote fellowship among former students of Maryknoll Convent School To promote mutual welfare of and provide recreational, social and cultural activities and pastimes for the members. To sponsor charitable activities.|
|Governance||Members wishing to be more closely involved with the School can stand for election as Executive Members or join the working committees set up by the Council. The Council, at the helm of the Foundation, consists of Foundation members elected by the Executive Members or appointed by the Council. The founding Council was appointed by the Maryknoll Sisters.||Organize worldwide reunion and anniversaries, in addition to regular gatherings|
A7. With the implementation of School-based management, our two Schools, Maryknoll Convent School Secondary Section and Maryknoll Convent School Primary Section, has each set up an Incorporated Management Committee (IMC) to replace their respective School Management Committees. The Foundation’s relationship with the IMCs is in fact even more aligned. Please see the Q8 for details.
A8. The Foundation is the organization with ultimate responsibility to ensure Maryknoll Convent School continues to be a girls’ school with the Christian values and creeds, following the spirit of the Maryknoll Sisters as enshrined in the Vision and Mission statement. As the School Sponsoring Body, the Foundation appoints the majority of the managers to the IMCs, including the Supervisors of the two Sections. Its role is to provide strategic directions for educational policies and guiding principles for the IMCs.
The IMC is the body responsible for the management, administration and operation of the School, consisting of manager representatives from the Foundation, teachers, parents, alumnae, an independent person, plus the Principal. The Committee makes decisions and sets policies regarding the day to day running of the school in accordance with the Vision and Mission as well as the strategic direction and guiding principles laid down by the Foundation.
A9. Maryknoll Convent School was founded by the Maryknoll Sisters as a Catholic girl school in 1925 and will continue as such. We believe that each person is formed in God’s image. We wish and help our students get to know the hope and the meaning of life through knowing Jesus Christ. At the same time, we respect each student’s individuality and her choice of path, both worldly and spiritual, as we believe God’s love embraces all.
The Catholic tradition is the bedrock of the Maryknoll tradition; Christian creed and values are the foundation of our education philosophy.
A10. Maryknoll Convent School was established in 1925 by Maryknoll Sisters to provide education to girls from all backgrounds. It was post-war Hong Kong then, yet the Vision and Mission laid down by the Maryknoll Sisters remain unchanged as the cornerstone of MCS.
The DSS topic had been thoroughly discussed and considered by the Maryknoll Sisters and the MCS Foundation. Below captures our views:
Under the current education policies of Hong Kong, it is the view of the Maryknoll Sisters and the MCS Foundation that being an aided school would better allow us to carry out our mission.