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Learn, serve and grow in God

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

Kapa haka at opening of G block

Upcoming Events

First day of Term 2 - Wednesday 22nd April

ANZAC day holiday - Monday 27th April

Board of Trustees meeting - Tuesday 28th April

Whakapono team (Y7-8) mountain bike fun day (Santoft) - Friday 1st May

School assemblies - Monday 4th May and Monday 8th June in the staffroom/library - whānau welcome

School cross country - Friday 15th May - whānau welcome

Parent-teacher interviews - Tuesday 30th June and Wednesday 1st July

Mufti day - Friday 3rd July

2015 calendar click here

2016 calendar click here 


Jonny on rock

Principal's Update

Malo e lelei,

At our March full-school assembly, I shared with the students some ideas around what we do at Cornerstone that is different to many of the fine schools we have in Palmerston North. Essentially it is our Christian special character, but I phrased it to the students as: having the opportunity to have God’s word spoken into your life all through the school day.

I shared the parable of the sower (Matt 13:3-23) which is a story told by Jesus to represent what can happen to the Word of God when it is heard. The story goes that the seed (symbolising the word of God) can:

  • be eaten by birds, which signifies the evil one stealing it from the listener’s heart
  • grow only shallow roots and therefore die quickly when adversity comes, which signifies no depth growing into the listener’s heart from the word
  • be choked by thorns which grow around it, which signifies the worries of this world taking over the thoughts rather than them being stayed on God’s word
  • yield a bountiful harvest – which signifies the listener hearing the word and understanding it.

I challenged the students with the thought that it is up to them what they do with the words of God which surround them every day: they can choose to allow those words to be life to them and cause them to be fruitful in God’s kingdom; or they can allow those words to be taken away, to never impact on them and hence not change them at all.

At Cornerstone we are vitally interested in children growing up to be “confident followers of Jesus Christ, equipped and inspired to creatively impact their world”. However the gospel is an individual gospel – in the end each person will make their own decisions and go the way they have chosen. As parents and as a school, our role is to guide, coach and mentor them in the hope that:

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it”.   Proverbs 6:4.

Aroha nui,

Peter Ferrar


Earlier updates:

Are Christian Schools isolationist?

Cornerstone values



Visit to marae

School Announcements

School will be closed on Monday 27th April. Beginning in 2015, when a public holiday such as ANZAC day falls on a weekend, it will be celebrated on the following Monday.

Due to roll growth, the school is advertising for a highly motivated and passionate teacher to teach a New Entrant class (likely to open in Term 3). For further details, please click here. All staff employed at Cornerstone are required to support and uphold the special character of the school.

Congratulations to Josh Fail, who won a gold and a bronze medal at the long course swimming competition in Wellingon over the weekend. It's fabulous to see your diligence leading to outstanding results Josh!

Josh Fail

We recently began 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.

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