Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School (BLMCSS) is a secondary school in Hong Kong. It was established in 1978 by the Hong Kong Baptist Convention. Situated in the new town Sha Tin of Hong Kong, the school is a co-educational grammar school offering education at the first to seventh form levels education in Hong Kong. English is the major medium of instruction whereas Cantonese Chinese are used for subjects like Chinese History, Chinese Literature etc., and Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) is also taught.
Under the Hong Kong Baptist Convention, the school was founded by the Lui Ming Choi Foundation. It is one of the five secondary schools operating under the supervision of the Convention. The School’s motto is "明道致知" in Chinese , derived from the idea of Zhu Xi, a Confucianist in Song Dynasty and incorporated this into Christian belief, which means understanding God’s teachings to become wise and intellectual. This concludes the expectation for its graduates. The school aims at enhancing student's virtue (德), wisdom (智), physique (體), fellowship (群), aesthetics (美) and spirituality (靈). The Christian-styled education of the school is reflected in the quote from the Bible displayed at the main entrance of the campus. It says: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10).
Though the School holds the spread of the Gospel to be one of its missions, the atmosphere is relatively open and liberal, not only in the religious aspect, but also the socio-political. Till to date, the School and its Student Union hold memorial service and activities concerning the Tiananmen Square protests and June Fourth Movement which happened in mainland China, 1989.
Situated at the bank of Shing Mun River, the campus development is restrained. Nonetheless, the school extended the new wing in 1999 and undertook renovation and classroom reshuffle in order to facilitate the setting up of its multimedia laboratory and language laboratory. In the construction plan, a roof garden was included. The building of garden expanded the very limited space in where casual activities or even relaxation for students and staff could be taken place. Apart from classrooms and congregation hall, the school equips with science laboratories, playgrounds, rooms for various kinds of art, language and multimedia facilities for modern education. The school applied to Education Bureau (EDB) in 2007 for a new campus site reserved under the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation Tai Wai Maintenance Centre Property Development Project, but lost to Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School.
The school has a strong structure bounding both internally and externally. The 3 main internal bodies, the Parents' Association, the Alumni Association and the Student Union, engage intimately in various aspects of school operations. Externally, the School has strong linkages with secondary schools over the city and educational institutions. In 2004, the Education and Manpower Bureau named the school as one of the twenty school tiding direct partnership with the best 20 in mainland China.
Like most other secondary schools in Hong Kong, Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School serves form 1 through form 7. Form 1 to 3 are Junior classes; 4 and 5 are Certificate; and, 6 and 7 are Matriculation.
Junior classes studies subjects of all streams like languages, computer, arts, science, sports and many others. As a Christian school, studied of bible is included in the curriculum. Certificate classes are targeted at the HKCEE, an open certificate examination for secondary education. Students are divided into arts, business or science stream according to their interests. For matriculation, their studies is further divided and confined within their preferred stream.
From the academic year 2009, the Form 4 class will be ceased, and those calsses will be replaced into NS1, NS2 and NS3 respectively to complying with the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education.
Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School boasts as one of the HK secondary schools with the largest variety of extracurricular activities for students to participate in, with particular strengths in sports, drama, and music. Many prizes have been awarded to the students of BLMCSS. Below is a list of student clubs:
The Union is a democratic organisation which consists of two main bodies: the Executive Committee, which is the cabinet executing mandated power, and the Representative Council, holding power of amending the Constitution of the Union, passing working plans, budgets, approving reports, debate and vote on Committee proposals. In principle, the Committee and the Council cooperate to enact and push forward any proposals and plans. The principal acts as the President-in-Nomine. 2 to 3 teaching staff are assigned by the Principal to be Advisors to supervise and guide the operation of the Union, whom are seen to be real supervisors. The Committee coordinates working schedule and details with Advisors' consent, though not bounded in the Constitution.
The Constitution had been initially drafted in the early 1980s when several minor amendments were taken. It was until years around 1999 to 2001, the Constitution was completely reviewed. Two new drafts were proposed to the Council where the second one, which is the currently enforced one, were passed on the 19th Union Council. During those years, there was deep division among student leaders and head teaching staff. The conflict was ended up with a Committee concession to modify the more radical edition into a moderate one. Nevertheless, the period of quarrel divided the student leadership into polars that affected the politics in subsequent Committees.
Counselors are elected once a year. There is one seat for every class, therefore 31 in total. The method adopted is simple majority and monitored by the class teacher at the academic year commencement in September. Nomination is open to all in the class except members in any proposed cabinet(s) in the Committee election. Generally, most senior will seek incumbency and have sort of association with proposed cabinet(s) to complete the political system of the Union.