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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

Community barbeque - Friday 12th February at 5.30pm

Camp fundraising orders due at the school office - Tuesday 16th February, 9am

Y5-11 Swimming sports - Friday 19th February

Teacher only day - Monday 22nd February

BOT meeting - Tuesday 23rd February

NCEA parent information evening - Wednesday 24th February at 7.30pm in the staffroom

Meeting for parents attending Y7/8 Camp - Thursday 25th February at 5.30pm in the staffroom

Pick-up for fundraising pies and lamingtons -  Thursday 25th February, 3pm in the staffroom

Y7-11 Athletics - Friday 26th February at Massey Track

Y5-6 camp - Tuesday 1st - Friday 4th March

Student council leadership camp - Thursday 3rd - Friday 4th March

Pasifika aiga consultation meeting - Tuesday 8th March at 5.30pm in the staffroom

Parent advisory group meeting - Thursday 10th March at 1.30pm in the staffroom

Māori whānau consultation meeting - Thursday 10th March at 7pm in the staffroom

Y7-8 camp - Monday 14th - Friday 18th March

Easter holiday - Friday 25th March - Tuesday 29th March

Teacher only day - Wednesday 30th March

Y5-8 Christian schools sports day - Friday 8th April

Parent-teacher interviews - Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th April

Mufti day - Friday 15th April

Last day of Term 1 - Friday 15th April


First day of Term 2 - Monday 2nd May

Cross country - Thursday 26th May

BOT parent and staff election date - Friday 3rd June

Teacher only day - Friday 3rd June

Queen's birthday - Monday 6th June

Training for new BOT - Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July

Parent-teacher interviews - Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July

Muti day - Friday 8th July

Last day of Term 2 - Friday 8th July

2016 calendar click here


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Principal's Update

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Welcome back to school in 2016. I hope all of our families had a wonderfully relaxing break over the holiday time and didn’t get too caught up in some of the wild weather before Christmas. Personally, I had a lovely time catching snapper in January in the far north again with family and friends (although we did have one incident of our tent poles breaking and tent being torn and collapsing in the middle of the night in a cyclonic thunderstorm).

This year is an exciting time for us. We have just had our first group of NCEA results come through from our extension Year 9 and 10 students who sat NCEA Level 1 Mathematics. I am pleased to announce that 2 students (Braydon and Jared Nikolaison) gained Excellence endorsement and the other 5 students (Olivia De Groot, Daniel McCracken, Caitlyn Brown, Olivia Brookie and Samuel Hembrow) gained Merit endorsement. Joshua Fail also passed all standards in Level 1 German with 2 Excellence grades. Congratulations to these students. This Year the first Year 11 cohort will sit NCEA.

We welcome three new teachers into Secondary: Mr Graham Black (new Assistant Principal and commerce teacher - formerly Head of Commerce faculty at PNBHS), Mr Paul Jorgensen - Math and IT and Mr Gareth Bell - Music (both formerly of Freyberg High School where they had responsibility for IT). We also welcome Mrs Katrina Bannister having responsibility for the Y0-1 area, Mrs Teresa Wood as our second teacher overseeing the area of special needs, Mrs Christina Havill as our specialist drama teacher, Mr John Barker as our part-time caretaker and Mrs Bethany Ala'ifaiva, who has a teaching degree, as a teacher-aide assisting our New Entrant teaching team. We also welcome a number of new families as our school continues to grow.

This term we have an ERO review in week four and we are looking forward to the insights they bring. We also have camps for Tumanako and Whakapono teams as well as for the student council. Also swimming sports and athletic sports for Y7-11, so it will be an action-packed term.

Our curriculum focus this year is on further improving the way we teach Mathematics as well as deepening the strategies we have to involve and engage students in their learning and help them to gain real ownership of where they are and where they are going. It should be a lot of fun; and so it begins.

Many blessings,

Peter Ferrar


Earlier updates:

Are Christian Schools isolationist?

Cornerstone values

Professional Development with Peacemakers


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School Announcements

Our annual community BBQ will be held from 5.30pm on Friday 12th February, in the area behind the administration building. BYO takeaways or meat to BBQ. This is a great opportunity to meet your child's teacher and other families at school.

The Cornerstone Fundraising Group page has been updated. Please click here to learn about upcoming fundraisers and opportunities, or to download Y5-8 camp fundraising order forms.

We have a teacher-only day scheduled for Monday 22nd February. Staff will undertake professional development on this day and there will be no classes.

Our next Secondary building will be under construction during Terms 2-4. Please click here for further information.

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:


The Board of Trustees has ratified the 2016 Charter including strategic and annual plans which identify priorities for the school going forward. To view the Charter, 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.



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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