Review of the Enrolment Scheme
The Ministry of Education is consulting the community around a new draft enrolment scheme for Cornerstone Christian School which, if adopted, will likely be operating by September (when we offer places for 2024). A consultation meeting will be held in the school staffroom at 7pm on Thursday 8th June. The new draft scheme may be downloaded here.
Visiting the school
Prior to filling in an Application for Enrolment form, parents/caregivers may visit the school in order to determine whether it is a good fit for their child. If you would like to visit the school please contact the Enrolment Registrar to request an appointment.
Children who are NZ or Australian citizens, or who have a NZ residence visa or a NZ student visa which does not name a school, are eligible to apply for enrolment at Cornerstone Christian School. We are currently unable to enrol international fee-paying students.
Ministry of Education requirements
Cornerstone Christian School has a maximum roll cap of 620 students for 2023. At least 95% of students at Cornerstone must be ‘preference’. ‘Preference’ is a Ministry of Education term which indicates that a student falls within the special character criteria (which is the school’s reason for existing). Cornerstone Christian School may only enrol ‘non-preference’ applicants if enrolment places remain after all ‘preference’ applicants have been enrolled and the school board judges that the enrolment of non-preference applicants will not compromise its ability to offer places to preference applicants who might apply for enrolment at a later date.
Preference of enrolment
Preference of enrolment is determined by the school’s proprietor, the Cornerstone Christian Education Trust. To qualify as a ‘preference’ enrolment at Cornerstone Christian School, a parent of the child must regularly attend an established Christian church* and be a committed Christian, as attested to (in writing) by a church senior pastor/leader.
* Established Christian church would mean a church that has an on-going relationship with other Christian churches in a city or town. This could be established by it being a member or belonging to a Christian leaders/ministers’ network (e.g. CLA in Palmerston North). Secondly, that the church has a set of beliefs that is largely in agreement with the school’s beliefs as established by the proprietor. Variations in belief should be minor in nature, and not seen as a major tenant of the Christian faith. Should a church not belong to a Christian leaders/ministers network, then they may meet the criteria based on their beliefs as stated.
We had more ‘preference’ applications for 2023 enrolment than we had places for. Therefore, sadly, we did not have any places to offer to ‘non-preference’ applicants. We expect that the situation will be the same for 2024 enrolment.
Cohort entry for new entrants
Cornerstone Christian School has adopted cohort entry for new entrants (five year-olds). Each year, we have eight intake dates which fall at the start and mid-point of each school term. New entrants who have been offered a place may start school on the intake following their fifth birthday, or later on request.
Entry at other year levels
Places come up in Years 2-13 when students leave the school due to family relocation etc. In most instances, new students in Years 2-13 will start at the beginning of the school year.
Applying for enrolment
You may download our application documents or pick up an enrolment pack from the school office. Please return the completed application documents to firstname.lastname@example.org or: The Enrolment Registrar, Cornerstone Christian School, 119 Mihaere Drive, Palmerston North 4414. We will contact you when your application documents have been received.
Applications for 2023 enrolment closed at 4.30pm on Monday 5th September 2022. The closing date for applications for 2024 enrolment will be advised in July/August 2023.
The enrolment agreement on the Application for Enrolment form needs to be signed by a parent/caregiver who understands that the school’s Christian special character will form an integral part of the curriculum and who agrees to pay the attendance dues (a compulsory fee charged by the proprietor of a state-integrated school which helps to cover the cost of land and buildings since these are not funded by the state). Learn more
Each year, in July/August, we advertise the likely number of places that will be available for new students the following year and the cut-off date by which applications must be received.
After the cut-off date, applications are sorted into the order specified in the enrolment scheme and parents/caregivers are notified of whether their child has been offered a place or (if not) of their place on the waiting list. A parent/caregiver whose child has been offered a place needs to accept or decline the place by returning the reply slip within 14 days. If they don’t accept the place, it will be offered to the student at the top of the waiting list. This process continues until all available places for the following year have been filled or until there are no students left on the waiting list.
Likely number of places available in 2024
In July/August 2023, the school board will advise the community of the likely number of places available in 2024 and of the closing date by which applications must be received.
Priority for these places will be allocated to students in the order set out in the enrolment scheme.
The Ministry of Education is consulting the community around a new draft enrolment scheme for Cornerstone Christian School which, if adopted, will likely be operating by September. The new draft scheme may be downloaded here.
During Term 4:
- the Assistant Principals (primary, middle and senior) will meet with each student* who has been offered a place at Cornerstone and their parents/caregivers. These meetings provide opportunity for parents/caregivers to meet the Assistant Principal, learn more about the school, discuss their child’s learning to date, and ask questions.
- the parents/caregivers of current Year 6 and Year 8 students (moving to Year 7 and Year 9 respectively) will be invited to an information evening where they will learn more about the secondary school, meet the secondary teachers etc.
* New entrant (Year 0-1) students who already have siblings at Cornerstone will not require an enrolment meeting unless it is specifically requested by the parent/caregiver, Assistant Principal, or Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO). These parents/caregivers should contact the Enrolment Registrar to request a meeting if desired.
New entrant transition visits
Transition visits for new entrants (Year 0-1 students) are organised by the teacher in charge of new entrant transition a term ahead of the children’s starting date. Parents/caregivers may bring their child to at least three visits prior to their starting school. Visits give children an opportunity to learn about the classroom environment and meet their teacher, and give parents/caregivers the opportunity to learn more about the school, classroom expectations etc.
Information available for inspection
A copy of the school’s enrolment scheme, the waiting list and an indication of the likely number of places available in the next enrolment intake (if available) are held at the school office and available for inspection during normal school hours.
Enrolment forms Current enrolment scheme If you have any questions, please contact the Enrolment Registrar (extn 6103).
Please note that the current enrolment scheme is under review.