Book celebrates Maryknoll's 80 years at heritage-listed campus

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 May, 2009, 12:00am

Surrounded by lush greenery, the European-styled redbrick building of Maryknoll Convent School is a famous landmark in Kowloon Tong.

Over eight decades, it has been a haven of learning for countless girls, many of whom have blossomed into movers and shakers in Hong Kong.

In celebration of the government's designation of the building as a historic monument last year, the school published a book, Forever be True - The Love and Heritage of Maryknoll, which features photographs of the school and anecdotes written by students and alumni.

Amy Ho Main-wai, the book's editor and vice-chairperson of the Maryknoll Convent School Foundation, said the book was a collaborative venture among students and alumni.

'They wrote about their unforgettable moments on campus and how their alma mater nurtured their life values,' she said.

From a reminiscence by former permanent home affairs secretary Shelley Lee Lai-kuen about the assassination of John F. Kennedy to Undersecretary for Financial Services Julia Leung Fung-yee explaining how a disaster was averted by staying on campus, the anecdotes by alumni reveal the deep bond they have with their alma mater.

The 240-page book also features vintage pictures of the school. A print run of more than 2,000 copies was quickly snapped up and the second edition has just been rolled out.

School principal Josephine Lo Tsang Git-ging said they spent more than a year compiling the book.

'Our quest for old photographs took us as far as Maryknoll sisters' house in New York. We also enlisted the help of photographers who took pictures of the campus and students attending lessons today,' she said. 'There's also a DVD that features interviews with the sisters who have served at the school over the years.'


Maryknoll Convent School (Primary Section) (Kowloon Tong)

Year of establishment: 1925

Number of students: More than 2,000

School sponsoring body: Maryknoll Convent School Foundation

Medium of instruction: English