Cornerstone Christian School continues the building programme in 2018, this time we look forward to brand new Gymnasium including an 'International size' Basketball court. The builders have managed to make the most of the fine weather in recent weeks, almost all of the concrete is down, the steel structure all appears to be in place, now the timber is going in! We all watch with enthusiastic hearts as it looks more and more like a proper facility. Pray for the smooth process to continue.
It is neat to see hard working scholar, Olivia Brookie recognised for her extra-curricular success in fencing in the local news recently. Winning the silver medal at her first New Zealand national competition was a big surprise, considering she started the sport simply as a way to unwind.
See the full news article on Olivia's Sword Fighting at the Manawatu Standard's site
Most of the Secondary students turned up at Makino Pool in friendly Feilding on Thursday, last week to take part in the annual Swimming Sports. Organised by Mr Craig McDonald, this was the first time that the event has taken place at this venue and the first time it has run through the whole school day.
It was a fantastic day, including a mixture of traditional and novelty events. There were even a number of teachers that braved the pool and competed in a few of the competitions, one of which was the 'Biggest Splash'! By all accounts, the day was a success, however there can only be one winner... The tribe that scored the most points on the day was Issachar. Congratulations!
Our vision as a school is to create 'Confident followers of Jesus Christ, equipped and inspired to creatively impact our world'. Academic progress, is one of many important aspects of the holistic education we strive to offer. With this bigger picture in mind, we'd like to congratulate the 2017 Year 11 and 12 students for their fine academic achievements in 2017.
The 2017 Prize Giving will be remembered as the last prize giving not held in the new school Gymnasium, the last without Year 13 leavers, and the last for retiring staff Lynette Olsen and Barry Jackson.
It is also the first Prize Giving to announce Year 13 Prefects, and a full school council. As representative of the board, Richard Woodmass, pointed out the school roll has doubled over the last seven years, with 485 students now on board.
Naphtali tribe continued its sporting dominance collecting the Athletics Shield and consequently the overall 2017 trophy. The Cultures group and Asher tribe also brought a good deal of joy to the stage.
Daniel McCracken and Lily Tongs were announced as the new Head Boy and Head Girl for 2018. Current Head Girl, Jessica Good, had a busy night to match her busy year. She was awarded First in Painting, a Christian Character award, the Senior Arts cup, the Senior Service Cup, and finally Deputy Head Girl for 2018.
Sunscreen, raft splashing, rope swinging, Salvation Army serving, swimming and sports. Activity week was a full on week of exercise, relationship building and outdoor challenges.
For many it was the first time rafting, putting up a tent, volunteering for a charity, or getting deep into New Zealand native bush. This was the first year for Year 9s to participate in the week, much to the excitement of the group.
Knowing a win in this event would push them to first place, Zebulun tribe was full of colour and energy on Top Tribe day. Traversing through a series of 16 challenges, teams of around 15, were selected based on keeping brothers and sisters together.
For many staff the highlight of the day was seeing teenagers rush to support and encourage their much younger team mates - in a sign of true Cornerstone character.
Sadly for Zebulun, Asher tribe came first, with Naphtali a close second with only value points to be counted for the overall annual trophy.
On a glorious sunny day cultures from around the world were celebrated, bringing the Cornerstone community together. Dressed in costumes from their own culture, dances from Ireland and India, singing from Tonga and Samoa, Maori poi dancing, Dutch hat dancing, African drums and Chinese fan dances were all shared. Finally a shared lunch from global cuisines proved more than enough to feed the 500 students, staff and family visiting.
2 Timothy 1:6
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.