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.
Zebulun Tribe has completed the performance double this year, by winning the Cornerstone's first tribe singing competition along with the Parables competition they won in Term Two. Unlike more entertainment or dance oriented tribes, Zebulun focused on strong harmonies, and a skilled string section.
There were numerous memorable moments, with Naphtali tribe pulling out some 80s dance moves, Asher getting everyone smiling and clapping, and Issachar tribe even managing costume changes.
Well done to the student leaders coordinating their tribe, and thanks to Mr McDonald for organising and Central Baptist Church for hosting the event. Hopefully in 2018, we'll be able to hold the same event in our own Gym.
As part of the biblical living aspect of Life Lab, Year 10 students spent a period serving the school this week. A couple of groups of boys got competitive over who picked up the most rubbish, which quickly evolved into who picked up the weirdest rubbish - A single shoe won. Some students chose to wash teacher vehicles, and others served primary classes, doing buddy reading, preparing art work and sorting resources.
Many students particularly those working with Year 1 - 3 students were slow to return, preferring to stay and finish their books. Supervising teacher, Gareth Bell enjoyed seeing tough hunting and fishing boys crouch down to the level of little kids. The most common feedback from the class was that "it was fun", and "we should do that again".
At the end of last term our tribes participated in the inaugural parable competition. This was a resounding success! It was fantastic to be a part of this family event which has become another way of bringing the whole school together as a community. Well done to all the tribe leaders and senior students who put in a significant effort to prepare each tribe for their parable. Congratulations to Zebulun who took out first prize!
The annual World Vision 40 hour famine saw a number of events run at Cornerstone all aiming to honour and raise funds for Syrian refugees. Students ran a relay, a sausage sizzle, created art, ran an auction, and camped out at school. Many students also 'did the famine'. The student council running these events managed to reach $1100 of their $6000 goal before the art auction and individual sponsorship came in.
Almost 100 parents and family came to this week's Music Recital. Featuring guitarists, vocalists, pianists, flutists, and even a recorder duet. The quantity and quality of students taking music lessons at Cornerstone is clearly growing. Rockquest boys: Namory, Ethan and Bailey gave the night a memorable and upbeat finish with the songs they wrote.
The Cornerstone Senior Choir sung in public for the first time this weekend at the Rotary Music Festival. Performing at Bethany's cafe for the lunch-time traffic, it was neat to see the girls show off their harmonies, performance skills and all the practice. Thanks to Mr Doody for putting this together.
2 Timothy 1:6
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.