Special character

The special character of our school is the commitment to see children build their lives on the foundation (Cornerstone) which is Christ.

Because God is the creator of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible, sustaining and ruling over all creation, including humans; and because God is the source of all wisdom and knowledge:

God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit are relevant to every area of study and endeavour in the school.

How does this impact on our school and our curriculum?

  • We use the Bible as the basis for exploring God's world and as a standard against which to compare and interpret all curriculum material.
  • We teach Christian values and behaviour through the process of acknowledgement of sin, repentance, and acceptance of Jesus' gift of grace.
  • We use prayer as a key tool in learning and acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s work in learning.
  • We encourage each child to give of their best because God creates and equips each person for their unique role in His service.
  • We acknowledge achievement in accordance with the child's effort.
  • We inextricably integrate knowledge of the world and Christian beliefs through an integrated curriculum approach.
  • We act as a continuum and extension of the teaching provided in Christian homes.
  • We provide an environment where children, parents and teachers can experience Godly relationships, showing the character of Christ in love, discipline, respect, honour and trust, and witness an exemplary demonstration of Biblical truths in the lives of others.

Devotional Themes

One of the key areas in which we intentionally work out our Christian special character is our devotions programmes which occur at the beginning of each day. In primary school, this comprises a variety of different activities including:

  • Character development through values education
  • Singing praise songs
  • Reading the scriptures and memorising Bible verses
  • Discussing topics in the Bible, hearing Bible stories and writing in reflective journals
  • Praying individually, in groups or around a circle

In secondary, our Life lab programme seeks to integrate faith into life and so all of the above can happen but at the same time, since we are dealing with young people who are starting to grapple with adult issues, other life-things are integrated, e.g.:

  • Career development
  • Academic mentoring
  • Personal growth issues
  • Resolving interpersonal conflict
  • Character development
  • Discussing life issues etc.

The idea is that our students can grow a sense of God that is relevant in all areas of life, not just compartmentalised to church type situations. His wisdom is there for us always, and his love is ever-present. Our hope is that this will help engender in students a strong basis for strong faith that will be with them throughout their lives.

Each term has a specific devotional theme which is not only focused on during morning devotions but runs throughout the curriculum and is linked to the school values, e.g.:

  • God is sovereign - Respect
  • God is creator - Diligence
  • God is holy - Integrity
  • God is redeemer - Kindness
  • God is number one - Respect
  • God never changes - Integrity

Y9-13 Biblical Integration

The Secondary school has an underpinning philosophy that the Bible is narrative in nature, seeking to view Scripture as an unfolding drama in which the school and each student has a unique role.

Each students is an 'actor in an unfinished drama'. If they can understand the question of what story they find themselves part of, then this can help them to live out the Biblical story in the prevailing culture.

Each term the school focuses on books of the Bible and how those stories fit into the big narrative. The values and themes of the whole school will naturally flow from these stories. 

Term 1:    Gospels
Term 2:    Old Testament
Term 3:    Letters
Term 4:    Psalms and Wisdom


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Cornerstone Christian School
119 Mihaere Drive
Palmerston North 4414
New Zealand