Dr Peter Ferrar – Principal

Welcome to Cornerstone Christian School, it is a special school with a caring and harmonious culture and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.

Our staff are a close-knit, committed group of Christian professionals, all of whom are dedicated to seeing our children grow in their knowledge of God and in their development as young New Zealanders.

As a school, we focus on the holistic development of each child. We have a strong character development focus with an emphasis on our values of respect, diligence, kindness and integrity with an underpinning value of humility before God. Although our children achieve highly in their academic education and our school achieves excellent results on a national level, I believe that it is more important to focus on their developing character than their academic grades. In our modern world, learning can occur wherever and whenever you like, but good character develops when you are young, so that is our focus; good grades, and achieving to one’s best, are a natural outflow of developing good character.

In our school, we believe in very flexible and individualised education where the natural strengths of each child can be maximised in an environment which focuses them on the God who loves them. Each child is unique. They have a unique skill set and a unique destiny. Our role is to help them fulfil this as they grow in the knowledge of God.

As for me, I’ve been in education for over 20 years and a principal for over 10. I started adult life as a scientist (Microbial biochemistry and phytopathology) but soon felt the draw to teaching as a career. When I’m not at school, I enjoy a variety of other pursuits with friends and family. I’ve been married for over 25 years to my wife Joanne and we have 2 lovely little boys who both attend Cornerstone. My key interest is fishing and I have caught plenty of most fish species available in NZ, I also enjoy reading, wine appreciation, most sports and house renovations (although the latter is more a necessity than a joy).

If you are interested in Cornerstone or Christian Education for your child, I encourage you to visit us and take a look for yourselves.

Many blessings, Peter Ferrar