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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

First day of Term 1 2015 - Monday 2nd February

Full school assembly - 11am on Monday 2nd February in the staff room/library - whanau welcome

Board of Trustees meeting - Tuesday 24th February 2015

Cornerstone Gala - Saturday 28th February

There will be 3 teacher only days in 2015 - Monday 2nd March, Monday 20th April and Tuesday 21st April.

2015 calendar click here


Cultures Tongan children 2014

Principal's Update

Malo e lelei,

One of the benefits of becoming an Area school (Years 1-13) is having access to secondary subject specialist teachers and resources. This will be apparent next year in Years 7-8 (Whakapono team) where classes will have Science, Art and Music taught by specialist teachers rather than their regular homeroom teachers. This will give an increased level of teaching and learning in those year levels. We are very pleased with this new addition to our Year 7-8 curriculum and know the students will be especially blessed to be learning from these teachers.

Our Year 7-8s are also blessed with the input of our secondary teachers into their curriculum, which is happening regularly. This allows us to ensure that the standard flowing from primary through into the secondary years is to an appropriate level and should give parents a great deal of confidence with the education their children are receiving.  

Aroha nui,

Peter Ferrar


Earlier updates:

Are Christian Schools isolationist?

Cornerstone values


Maysens space model

School Announcements


Children's stationery packs will need to be purchased by parents before the first day of Term 1. Office Max has stationery lists for students in each year level and these may be purchased in any of the following ways:


  • online, from myschool.co.nz
  • by phone, 0800 724 440
  • from the Office Max retail store, located on the corner of Princess and Dahlia Streets.

Cornerstone will offer NCEA credits from the beginning of 2015. We praise God and thank our staff, notably Assistant Principal Mr Barry Jackson, who worked tirelessly in 2014 to successfully fulfil NZQA requirements.

The Ministry of Education has signed off our maximum roll increase, allowing us to enrol up to 45 new entrants each year. We encourage any parent desiring Christian education for their child to fill in and return their enrolment forms early, in order to avoid disappointment.

The Ministry of Education has approved the level of secondary (Y9-13) attendance dues at $1,200 per student per year. Primary (Y1-8) attendance dues remain unchanged at $800 per student per year. The Ministry has also approved the transfer of the school's Proprietorship from Lifechurch to the Cornerstone Christian Education Trust. A letter from the Proprietor regarding these matters may be downloaded here.

We sell all of our uniform (except shoes and Y1-Y6 socks) from the school uniform shop located in the administration building. The shop will be open between 8.30am and 1pm during term time and for a week before school begins (except for Thursday 29th January).

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.

We now have a library page under the school tab on the website. Recently a link was added to allow you to email to our school librarian with suggestions for books you would like to see in the library.

Photos of recent events including the WOW awards, Year 1-8 Athletics Day and Celebrating Cultures day may be viewed under the gallery tab.

secondary block early december

The first of our two-storey secondary buildings is progressing well. Please click here to learn more about our growing secondary school.

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 question 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