Our Creed and Values
We believe that each person is formed in God’s image. We wish our students to know through Jesus Christ the hope and the meaning of life and to liberate their minds from ignorance and their hearts from prejudice.
We believe in the dignity of each student.
We believe that education is essential to a just society.
We envision our students to embrace the Maryknoll spirit signified by the school motto “Sola Nobilitas Virtus” (Virtue Alone Ennobles).
We envisage our students to be individuals with moral, ethical and religious values, intellectually competent, compassionate in serving others and capable of continuing self-development to meet the challenges in life and to contribute to society.
We see our students as informed and innovative, analytical and critical, responsible and adaptable, moral and ethical members of society.
We provide all-round, quality and affordable education for girls.
We develop in every student a thirst for knowledge, an ability to self-learn, and a spiritual, intellectual, aesthetical, physical and social balance.
We encourage our students to pursue excellence in their respective interests and realize their potential to the full.
We inculcate basic skills for our students to grow as individuals and in a group, to be responsible citizens with an appreciation of Chinese culture and of the world around them.
We stimulate our students to develop initiative in learning and awareness of its relevance to themselves, to life and to others.
We instill in our students an awareness of the importance of trust and integrity and an appreciation for co-operative teamwork and respect for others.
We train our students to have high moral standards, to be socially and environmentally aware and to be useful, contributory and responsible members of the community.
We co-operate with teachers, parents and society to promote and maintain a safe, healthy and happy environment for quality education.
*As we are a Catholic school, we also adopt the five core values of Catholic education, namely
The Maryknoll Spirit
The Maryknoll Spirit is embodied in our School Motto “Sola Nobilitas Virtus” Virtue Alone Ennobles.
- The Maryknoll Spirit is a belief in a loving God
- The Maryknoll Spirit is a belief in the innate goodness of the individual
- The Maryknoll Spirit meets life’s challenges with courage and strives for excellence in becoming what we are to be
- The Maryknoll Spirit is a willingness to try new things – to risk, to be creative, to try the unknown without being afraid of making mistakes or losing face
- The Maryknoll Spirit is a willingness to share with others, fostering mutual support and trust
- The Maryknoll Spirit accords dignity to all
- The Maryknoll Spirit is a compassionate heart that embraces the whole world with selfless devotion, looking for and caring for people in need
- The Maryknoll Spirit seeks and carries the truth with passion, to home, to country and to the world
The School Crest
The Maryknoll School Crest symbalizes virtues that Maryknollers should uphold.
The top section of the Crest comprises two lamps with a rose in between.
The lamps remind us that “As one lamp lights another nor grows less, so nobleness enkindles nobleness”. No matter how many other lamps a lamp light, our own lamp would not diminish. Instead the lamps would grow into a glorious blaze.
The delicate rose is a symbol of Mary, Mother of Jesus. This reflects our special devotion to our beloved Mary, after whom our school is named.
The black and white section of the Crest is taken from the Dominican shield, for the Maryknoll Sisters are part of the Dominican order.
While the white symbolises purity and truth, the black symbolises sacrifice. The two other colours of the Crest are blue and red. The blue stands for loyalty and the red for charity. All these are the virtues that every Maryknoller should possess.
The words ‘Sola Nobilitas Virtus’ that are written at the bottom form our school motto.
They mean ‘Only Virtue Ennobles’.
The Maryknoll school song is loved and is sung by many many generations of Maryknollers. This reinforces our love and loyalty for our alma mater and our Mother Mary.
O Maryknoll, O Maryknoll,
Thy name most honoured be!
‘Tis given for the Queen of heav’n
Who shall our model be;
Through whom our school shall lead us,
To follow Christ, her Son,
Who is the centre of our lives,
The guardian of our school days.
We give our lives, our love, our trust to thee,
O Queen of Maryknoll.
We will forever be true.
Sing praise to her, sing praise to her,
The school whose life we share.
Whose light shall be for us a flame,
To lead us on to right;
The mother of our future,
From whom we shall carry truth.
To home, to country, to the world;
We call this our first duty.
We shall not fail in this our trust,
For we have pledged ourselves to thee.
O School we love Maryknoll.