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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

Lily Hannah and Levi with Mrs Boddy

Upcoming Events

Tumanako team (Y4-6) swimming lessons - please click here for a full list of dates

CFG meeting regarding fundraising for 2015 sports tournaments - Tuesday 31st March at 7pm in the staffroom

Parent-teacher interviews - Tuesday 31st March and Wednesday 1st April

Tetanus booster for Year 7s - Thursday 2nd April

Mufti day (raising funds for our sponsored child) - Thursday 2nd April

Last day of Term 1 - Thursday 2nd April

First day of Term 2 - Wednesday 22nd April

ANZAC day holiday - Monday 27th April

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

School assembly - Monday 4th May in the staffroom/library - whānau welcome

School cross country - Friday 15th May - whānau welcome


2015 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



Aroha group at marae

School Announcements

Please click on the PTO logo (below) to book your parent-teacher interviews.

PTO logo

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.

The school's annual report for 2014 was recently linked to the Charter page on the school website. It reports on progress made, during 2014, toward the school's strategic goals (which are set by the Board of Trustees).

We are developing a cell phone policy and invite parents' input. Please click on the links below to view the relevant documents and direct your feedback to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

Tumanako Team (Y4-6) classes are swimming at Freyberg Community Pool regularly this term. Please click here for a list of the dates that swimming will occur. On these dates, children will have an earlier lunch and will travel by bus to Freyberg at 12:30pm. They will return to school by bus at 3pm. 

Prior to starting at Cornerstone and at the beginning of each school year, 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.

Mr McDonald is developing a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) website to highlight the learning of the Y5-8 students who participate in our GATE programme on a weekly basis. The link to the website is: https://sites.google.com/a/ccs.ac.nz/gate/

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

From time to time parents enquire how we cater for students' extra-curricular sporting interests. Answers to this questions and many more can be found on our sports website. Click here to learn more.



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