• Cornerstone front
  •  Year 3 girls maths
  • Y11DigiDone
  • Year 11 correspondence Olivia
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  • BR devotion
  • Kapahaka at opening
  • Year 2 classroom
  • Year 8 Writing
  • Year 1 Reading
  • JF class

Learn, serve and grow in God

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

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Upcoming Events

Maori language week - Monday 4th - Friday 8th July

Primary parent-teacher interviews - Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July

Secondary subject parent-teacher interviews - Tuesday 5th July

New parents' morning tea - Thursday 7th July at 9am in the staffroom

Wacky hair day and mufti day - Friday 8th July (please note that pizza lunches will be re-scheduled for early next term)

Last day of Term 2 - Friday 8th July


First day of Term 3 - Monday 25th July

Class photos - Thursday 4th August

Cornerstone Science celebration - Thursday 4th and Friday 5th August

Y6-13 open day - Tuesday 9th August, 3.30pm-4.30pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm

Year 5/6 Super 6 tournament - Tuesday 23rd August

Tongan language week - Monday 5th - Friday 9th September

Last day of Term 3 - Friday 23rd September


First day of Term 4 - Mon 10th Oct

Book week - Mon 31st Oct - Fri 4th Nov

Year 0-6 Athletics - Wed 9th Nov

Celebrating cultures day - Fri 25th Nov

End of year celebration - Mon 12th Dec

Last day of Term 4 - Thu 15th Dec


2016 calendar click here


First day of Term 1, 2017 - Primary Tuesday 7th February, Secondary to be advised

Cornerstone Gala - Saturday 25th February 2017


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Principal's Update

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One thing that is very important to us at Cornerstone is helping the children to develop Godly character. It starts with our devotions programme, which is at the beginning of each day in primary and after period 1 in secondary. During this, we teach aspects of God’s character, tips for Godly living, teaching around our values, peace-making strategies (biblical conflict resolution), Bible stories and Bible studies, prayer and worship. These thoughts then flow into all of the other teaching during the day. This term these are all encompassed under a term theme of “God is Number One”.

In primary school, the focus is to build solid foundations based on following Jesus Christ and to prepare students educationally for the next step. In secondary, the focus is to see their understanding of God flourish into a strong personal faith which will stand them in good stead through all of adult life’s ups and downs. We also want them to have an excellent education which will help them be prepared for their chosen vocation and life direction. Primary can be seen as building a rock – a sure foundation, whereas secondary is more like a springboard - giving them the skills and direction they need to leap into a bright future with Jesus Christ at the centre.

Our desire is to give the children strategies for life that will help them grow into successful Christian citizens who are “equipped and inspired to creatively impact our world”.

Many blessings,

Peter Ferrar


Earlier updates:

Are Christian Schools isolationist?

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Professional Development with Peacemakers


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School Announcements

Important announcement - updated 2 July

Sadly, we must advise that there has been a confirmed case of measles in the secondary school.

Following liaison with the Public Health Service on Friday 1st July, we are now able to advise that:

  • School will be open on Monday 4th July
  • 67 children have been identified as not-immune and will be staying home in isolation until the end of Friday 8th July. All affected families have been contacted by our administration team.
  • All other children must attend school on Monday 4th July.
  • 6 staff will also be staying at home in isolation and so their classes/roles will be managed in their absence.
  • Interviews for Mrs Forrest (A5), Miss Stewart (D3), Mr Black and Dr Boddy have been cancelled.
  • Portfolios for the classes of Mrs Forrest and Miss Stewart are unlikely to be available until early next term.
  • Pizza lunches will be re-scheduled for early next term (date to be advised).

Thank you to our wonderful administration team who have worked extremely hard to ensure everyone is communicated with accurately and in a timely fashion.

Please remember that 'staying home in isolation' means just that. Do not leave the home to go to school, work, to meet with friends or family, to go to any public places, sports or community events or gatherings. This is to protect those members of our community who are most vulnerable to the disease, including babies, pregnant women, cancer patients and others who are unable to be immunised. Measles can spread quickly to others before you start to feel unwell, and several days before the rash appears.

General announcements

We are advertising 5 teaching vacancies, all to commence in 2017 (due to roll growth and the roll-out of our secondary levels to Y12). Please click here to learn more.

New and not-so-new parents are warmly invited to meet in the staffroom for morning tea on Thursday 7th July at 9am. This is an opportunity to meet other parents and to learn more about school life. Preschoolers are most welcome (toys are provided).

An open day for Y6-13 has been scheduled for Tuesday 9th August, 3.30-4.30pm and 6.30-7.30pm. Visitors and current students and their families are welcome.

Please click on the logo below to be redirected to a website where you may book your child's primary or secondary subject parent-teacher interviews. You will need to use the school code given in our Week 8 newsletter. Your window of opportunity to book interviews will close at 8am on Monday 4th July.

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Construction of our next secondary block has begun. Please click here for further information.

The Education Review Office (ERO) reviews schools and publishes national reports on current education practice. The purpose of a review is to give parents and the wider school community assurance about the quality of education that the school provides. ERO's report on its recent review of Cornerstone Christian School may be downloaded here.

The school uniform shop, located at the student counter in the administration building, is open between 8.30am and 12.30pm during the school term. All items of our uniform (except shoes and Y1-Y6 socks) are available at the shop. For further information, including price lists, please click here.

Parents need to purchase a stationery pack for their child before they start at Cornerstone. These are available at Office Max's retail outlet (Cnr Dahlia and Princess St), by phone: 0800 724 440 or via this link:


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.



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