Know The Relationship
The Maryknoll Convent School Foundation Limited
The Foundation is the School’s sponsoring body, responsible for the supervision of the operation and administration of both the Primary and Secondary sections of the School. The Foundation was set up as a limited company by guarantee and is a non-profit charitable organization. The Sisters were the founding subscribers. The Foundation welcomes wide participation and representation from alumni, teachers and parents.
The Council is the governing body of the Foundation and consists Foundation members who have been elected by the Executive Members or appointed by the Council. The founding members of the Council were appointed by the Maryknoll Sisters.
Maryknollers who may wish to have a closer involvement with the School are strongly encouraged to become a member of the Foundation, stand for election as an Executive Member or join working committees set up by the Council.
Maryknoll Convent School Educational Trust
The Maryknoll Convent School Educational Trust was set up in 1992. The purpose of the Trust is fund-raising in order to meet the needs arising from the operation of the School. In addition, donations to the Foundation are always welcome to help meet such operational expenses.
Our Work Ahead
To achieve our Vision and Mission, the Foundation will work together with our dedicated team of professional staff, the School Management Committee, the MCS Educational Trust, the Former Students’ Association (FSA) and the Parent Teacher Associations. Together we aim to continue our strive for excellence, uphold our Vision and Mission and keep the Maryknoll spirit alive. We welcome with open arms your active participation in helping us meet this challenge.
Facts, Roles and Responsibilities of the Different Bodies
- the FSA is the social club set up by graduates way back, to organise events to keep alumni “happy together”;
- the Educational Trust is the body set up by graduates in the late 80s and early 90s, to raise funds for the school to upgrade facilities not covered by Government provision;
- the Foundation is a charity and the school sponsoring body (in place of Maryknoll Sisters), set up by the Sisters in 2005, to steer the operation and strategic development of the school.
|Role & responsibility||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
|Role & responsibility||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.|
|Role & responsibility||Fund raising to meet school needs (e.g. building the new section) Work of the Trust
|Role & responsibility||Social
Ordinary Membership is open to Maryknoll Sisters, former students who have completed at least one year of study at Maryknoll and former teachers. They shall have the right to attend and speak at all General Meetings of the Foundation as well as to vote at any such meetings.
Be a part of the Foundation. Join us as an Ordinary Member.
Online Application – Year round application with deadlines: 15 of JANUARY, MARCH, MAY, JULY, SEPTEMBER & NOVEMBER.
Executive Members can be either appointed or elected. The term of an Executive Member is three years. Executive Members have the right to attend and vote on general matters at General Meetings. They are also eligible to stand as candidates and have the right to vote in the election of Elected Councillors when vacancies appear.
Executive Members are expected to demonstrate a higher level of participation in support of the Foundation, e.g. by serving on the various Committees, such as the Communications Committee, Information Technology Committee, Membership Committee, etc., or by providing service related to their areas of expertise or interest when the opportunity arises. From past experience, dedicated Executive Members with a skillset to match the needs of the Council and a demonstrated commitment to serve Maryknoll often become excellent candidates to join the Council of the Foundation.
Council Members are also Executive Members. Despite their varied backgrounds, Council Members are all ‘die-hard’ Maryknollers who are strongly committed to Maryknoll Sisters’ vision and mission in education. They demonstrate the will and ability to stand for, promote and foster the values of Maryknoll. Not only do they help guide the two Schools behind-the-scene, the Councillors are well prepared to give time and energy to the service of Maryknoll.
The different backgrounds of the Council Members allow a broad-spectrum flow of expertise and special experience, lending the Foundation a balanced mix of resources to make decisions for the future and respond to new changes as they arise.
At each Annual General Meeting of the Foundation retirement, appointment and election of Council Members and Executive Members will take place. The terms of the Council Members are so staggered by the Constitution such that there is always synergy of new and old members on the Council, to ensure the continuity of the spirit of sponsorship.
Launched in 2006/7 to keep the Maryknoll “family” and the community at large informed, this Committee has involved Council members, other alumni, and parents/friends of the school. The Committee aims to project factual and timely information about Maryknoll and to dispel misconceptions where appropriate.
Among the many initiatives, the committee has mounted the Heritage Exhibition (2007), and published the Heritage of Maryknoll Album “Forever be true” (2009), celebrating the Government’s declaration of the Primary school building as a statutory monument. Other endeavors include “The People of MCS: By Dr. Joe Chan” Photo Exhibition (2011), the ‘Impact Corner’ featuring interviews of alums on the website, and the face-lift of the Foundation’s webpage.
The mandate of the committee is to properly represent the image of the School in the Hong Kong community, reflecting the philosophy and ethos of MCS through advice to the Council in relation to media/public relations, as and when necessary. It also aims to reach out to alumni of different years, inviting them to re-engage with the school and to solidify the MCS spirit, spreading it among current students and the community at large.
The Communications Committee works hand in hand with the Membership Committee to maintain and protect the School’s archival items and records, and to update alumni data for better liaison. It also works closely with the Information Technology Committee in dissemination of timely and relevant information of the Foundation to both Members and the public, and to sustain, monitor and manage the positive image of Maryknoll. In the long run, Communications Committee hopes to establish sufficient linkage with other MCS organizations and overseas alumni chapters to bring the Maryknoll spirit ‘to home, to country, to the world’.
The Membership Committee is responsible for the recruitment and engagement of Foundation members to ensure succession planning for the Council, which is vital to maintaining the legacy of the Maryknoll sisters. Membership in the Foundation, the sponsoring body of our beloved school, is crucial to the legitimacy of carrying the Maryknoll name, and more importantly, to keep the Maryknoll spirit alive.
In order to achieve our goal, we need a steady stream of loyal Maryknollers from all generations, from all walks of life and with various talents to join us on this mission. We need Maryknollers who are willing to give back to our school, and those who have the vision to take Maryknoll into the future.
There are two levels of membership: Ordinary and Executive. Every new member joins the Foundation as an Ordinary Member, while Executive Members are appointed or elected from among Ordinary Members.
If you are ready to step forward and help, we invite you to join the Maryknoll Foundation. (Membership Form)
Maryknoll Convent School Foundation Limited (“Foundation) is the legal owner of a number of trademarks, including our school name “Maryknoll Convent School” and “MCS”, our school crest, and the beautiful floral pattern which forms part of our Primary school uniform, to name a few (“Foundation Trademarks”). These Foundation Trademarks represent the reputation of our school, and the values, mission and vision our school stands for – and these make them very valuable assets which require protection. The Foundation therefore has a responsibility to ensure that these trademarks are only used in an appropriate and responsible manner consistent with our school’s educational philosophy.
To this end, the Foundation has prepared some Guidelines on the usage of the Foundation Trademarks applicable to students, teachers, parents and the alumnae community. Under the Guidelines, anyone who wishes to use any of the Foundation Trademarks must seek approval from the Foundation. The Guidelines and Application Forms for respective bodies can be found here:
If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation Trademark Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org