ST Margaret's College is getting ready to join the School Management Initiative (SMI) scheme by encouraging teachers to get involved in school administration. Father Victor Grioni, who became the school supervisor in 1991, believes that teachers should have a greater say in the running of the school. A new school management committee was formed last September. It includes two newly-created posts of vice-principals and five teacher representatives, in addition to the usual seats occupied by the supervisor and the principal. ''Policy implementation has become more effective because teachers feel they can play a more active role instead of merely taking orders,'' principal Mr Cham Chung-ming said. For instance, some teachers recently undertook extra student supervision during daily breaks, a suggestion they made to improve discipline. This has resulted in a noticeable improvement in order. This year, the school has also adopted the recommendation of some teachers to employ the mother-tongue in teaching Economics and Public Affairs in junior forms. ''Some students told us they now find the subject easier. They used to spend most of their time trying to understand the English terms instead of the course material,'' Mr Cham said. Such success has encouraged the school to consider doing the same in Integrated Science. To accommodate the changing needs of the students, the school is also introducing some other measures. The present Form 6 arts class, originally a one-year class that prepared students for the abolished Higher-level Examination, will be promoted to Form 7 so the students can take the Advanced-level Examination instead. ''We want to give our students more choices and a better future,'' the principal said. Although St Margaret's is a Catholic School, it encourages fellowship between Catholic and Protestant students. A special room was recently allocated as ''a place of worship'' for members of the Catholic Students Union and the Christian Fellowship. In the past few years, students have become more involved in both civic activities and inter-school sports, winning a lot of prizes and medals. ''Our emphasis is not on producing exceptionally brilliant students but all-rounded individuals with a sense of value and justice,'' Mr Cham told Young Post ''Students should know where they stand concerning the future of Hongkong without being buffeted by the myriads of political opinions.''