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Our vision is to be confident followers of Jesus Christ, equipped and inspired to creatively impact our world

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Upcoming Events

Secondary tournament week - Week beginning 31 August

Secondary information evening - Thursday 3rd September at 7pm in the staffroom

Mufti day - Friday 4th September 

Māori whānau consultation - Tuesday 15th September at 6pm in the staffroom

Student trustee election date - Friday 18th September

Board of Trustees meeting - Tuesday 22nd September

Parent-teacher interviews - Wednesday 23rd September

Sports prizegiving - Wednesday 23rd September at 6.30pm

Mufti day - Friday 25th September

Last day of Term 3 - Friday 25th September

First day of Term 4 - Monday 12th October

Year 1-6 Athletics - Wednesday 11th November

End of Year celebration - Tuesday 15th December

Last day of Term 4 - Wednesday 16th December


2015 calendar click here


First day of Term 1 - 1st February 2016

Y5-11 Swimming sports - 19th February 2016

Teacher only day - 22nd February 2016

Year 5-6 camp - 1st - 4th March 2016

Y7-11 Athletics - 4th March 2016

Year 7-8 camp - 14th-18th March 2016

Teacher only day - 30th March 2016


2016 calendar click here


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Principal's Update

Malo e lelei,

The area of Information Technology (computers etc) is one we have consulted on significantly in the school, both this year and last year. There have been a range of viewpoints expressed and these have all been considered thoughtfully and rationally by school management. As a result of the increasing capacity of both IT device capability and the school's IT network, we have made some key decisions around the place of IT in learning.

Within a few weeks, the Information Technology webpage (under the 'school' tab above) will contain links to our policies surrounding IT. In the meantime, these will be summarised in the weekly newsletters.

To begin with, as of the beginning of Term 3 2015:

  • The school will partition its computer network three separate ways to cater for staff, students and guests. Students will have ready access to the internet through the student partition, which will be closely filtered and monitored.
  • Students from Y6-13 will be able to bring their own devices to school to facilitate their learning. These will need to be brought to Mr Mitchell to be registered before they are allowed to be used. This will be completely optional; the school will continue to provide significant numbers of modern devices.
  • We will publish a list of suggested devices shortly. To summarise, the following are fine provided they are up to date and have at least 64MB RAM: Microsoft surfaces, laptops or notebooks, iPads, HP streams.
  • Any device brought will be the sole responsibility of the student and the school will not be responsible for ensuring either that it works or its safety.
  • No 3G or 4G capable devices will be allowed visible on site; this means no smart phones. The reason for this, is so that no student internet browsing activity can occur onsite which cannot be monitored. Phones may be brought to school and kept in bags for emergencies, but if they are seen being used in non-emergency situations, this will be a disciplinary situation and the phone may be removed and given to the parents.

This policy will continue to be reviewed and evaluated regularly since the IT world is moving very rapidly.

Peter Ferrar

Earlier updates:

Are Christian Schools isolationist?

Cornerstone values

Professional Development with Peacemakers


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School Announcements

Students who will be, or are considering, being in Year 9 at Cornerstone in 2016, together with their parents, are encouraged to attend a Secondary Information Evening to be held in the staffroom on Thursday 3rd September at 7pm. New information will be shared, including information about the options that will be available at Cornerstone and Manawatu College, staff appointments and the results of the Secondary portion of the recent BOT community survey.

Māori whānau are warmly invited to attend our next Māori whānau consultation meeting, which will be held in the staffroom at 6pm on Tuesday 15th September.

Congratulations to Olivia De Groot, Caitlyn Brown and Bailey Spargo, Year 10 students, who entered this year's EVENTO Wearable Arts Awards in Feilding. Olivia's costume (pictured below) won the Crown & Glory section of the Awards.

Olivia at Evento

Please help to keep our school children safe by following our traffic management procedures when entering, exiting or parking in either of our car parks. Click here to learn more.

We are now able to offer NCEA to senior students. Please click here to download our Pupil and Parent NCEA handbook.

We continue to document how the vision, key competencies, learning areas, values and principles of The NZ Curriculum are outworked at Cornerstone. Please click here to learn more.

Prior to starting at Cornerstone, parents need to purchase stationery packs for their children. Office Max have lists of the stationery required by children at different year levels and can supply these at very competitive prices. Packs may be purchased from their retail outlet, by phone: 0800 724 440 or via this link:


We sell all of our uniform (except shoes and Y1-Y6 socks) from the school uniform shop. The shop is located at the student counter in the administration building and it is open 8.30am-12:30pm, Monday-Friday, during term time. For further information, including price lists, please click here.

We have designed a brochure to help you to raise, at the appropriate level, any concerns you may have regarding classroom programmes, behaviour management, etc. Please download the brochure here.

Palmerston North is subject to power outages from time to time. When this occurs our computer and phone systems don't operate. If you need to contact the office to report an absence or any other information regarding your child during a power outage, please do so by phoning or texting our office cell phone: 027 315 7764.

Parents often ask us what they can do to support their child's learning. Please click here for some tips.



Contact Us

Phone: +64 6 356 7326
Fax: +64 6 356 8391
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Cornerstone Christian School
119 Mihaere Drive
Palmerston North 4414
New Zealand