Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School
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|Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School|
The fear of the Lord is the beginning
of wisdom, and the knowledge of the
Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
|11 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin District,
|School type||Aided, Grammar, day, Secondary school|
|Founder||Lui Ming Choi Foundation|
|Oversight||Hong Kong Baptist Convention|
|Principal||Mr. Wan Ka-kit|
|Vice principal||Mr. Lau Hon-tong
Mr. Lam Chik-keung
Mr. Kwok Yin-wai
|Grades||Form 1 to Form 6|
|Number of students||~1200|
|Houses||Red House, Yellow House, Blue House, Green House|
|Publication||Qīng Miáo (青苗)|
|Newspaper||'Míng Dào (明道)|
|Yearbook||Fly Over BLMCSS (飛越呂中)|
|Feeder schools||Baptist Lui Ming Choi Primary School and
Baptist (Sha Tin Wai) Lui Ming Choi Primary School
|Motto||Míng Dào Zhì Zhī (明道致知)|
|Philosophy||Christian-style whole-person education|
|Student union||democratic, with election on a one-student-one-vote basis|
|Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School|
Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School (BLMCSS) is a secondary school in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, near Lek Yuen Estate. It was established in 1978 by the Hong Kong Baptist Convention. Situated in the new town of Sha Tin, the school is a co-educational grammar school offering education at the first to sixth form levels education in Hong Kong. English is the major medium of instruction whereas Cantonese are used for subjects like Chinese Language, Chinese History, Chinese Literature, Liberal Studies, Visual Arts etc. and Mandarin Chinese 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.
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.
Education reform of Hong Kong
Witnessing the vast change brought by the education reform in Hong Kong, the school was transformed to fit into the new environment and well preserve its teaching and learning quality. The new curriculum with new highlight on social science and liberal studies will be introduced. Syllabi for public examination for the entrance of university will soon be revised to catch the structural change of Hong Kong's educational system, from seven years secondary education to six years whilst one more year will be added to tertiary education.
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.
Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School hosts an international student exchange programme. Each year, there is at least one foreign student joining in for one academic year. In the past, there were exchange students from France, Iceland, the United States, Australia, Denmark, Greenland, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy and so on. Local students are encouraged to apply for exchange opportunities abroad. There are around 5 to 10 senior form pupils experiencing their life-time adventures on different continents.
Like most other secondary schools in Hong Kong, Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School serves form 1 through form 6. Form 1 to 3 are Junior classes; 4 to 6 are Certificate. 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.
In this school, all students and all teaching staffs are assigned into one of the four houses, they are called Red House (紅社), Yellow House (黃社), Blue House (藍社) and Green House (綠社) respectively. In each teaching year, there are several competitions held between those four houses including the Swimming Gala and Athlete Meet. And some of other matches are also competited among those four houses.
The School traditionally accommodates an active student body. Students participate widely in programmes and competitions of sports, music, performing arts, technological innovation and so on. There are more than 80 extracurricular activities students, most numerous options among schools in Hong Kong. Numerous students secured prestigious awards like Sir Edward Youde Memorial Scholarship in Hong Kong.
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:
- Student Union
- Academic Societies: Art Society, Design and Technology Society (Robotics Team), Home Economics Society, Europe Club, Bridge Club, Mathematics Society, Magic Club, Geography Society, Music Society, English Society, Chinese Society, Biology Society etc.
- Service: Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Red Cross, Peer Support Scheme, Stage Support team, CampusTV, Prefect etc.
- Sports: PE Society and other ball teams, Folk Dance Club, Jazz Dance Club, Oriental Dance Club, Latin Dance Club
- Music: Music Society, and more than 30 different instrument class, including both Western and Chinese instruments
- Drama: Drama Club (Drama is a compulsory academic subject for F.1 students)
The Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School Student Union (also known as BLMCSSSU or LMCSU) has the longest history in its sort among schools in the East New Territories. Formed in 1983, the students' union has been playing a key role in students' activities, as well as external involvement. Departments of the Union organise ranges of programme and activity to enhance learning experience and campus life. It also connects the student population with other schools' fellows through joint schools functions and friendly dialogues.
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, who are seen to be real supervisors. The Committee coordinates working schedule and details with Advisors' consent, though not bounded in the Constitution.
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.
Due to the influence of the serving culture in their alma mater, alumni are observed in facets of social commitment. Large portion of graduates pitched themselves into education, some of them in academic research. Similarly large portion achieved qualification in professions like legal, medical services, and engineering business.
Whole School Approach to Catering for Student Diversity: Differentiated instructions are implemented to cater for learner diversity. Split classes and remedial classes are offered in junior secondary English lessons to cater for their learning differences. Also, there are variations in the curriculum content and teaching strategies of the different curriculum sets to accommodate different abilities, skills, learning paces and styles of students. Through a wide range of learning activities including F.1 Summer Bridging Camp and afterschool tuition groups, students ’diverse learning needs are catered, and so they have become more motivated to learn.
- Class Structure and Subject Offered (accessed 4/11/2007)