After a season of early morning practices and fitness training, the Cornerstone Senior A Netball team did themselves and the school proud in their final this week. As the smallest secondary school in the region, the girls performed very well just to make the final.
The game was well attended and tight battle against Feilding High School. The lead changed several times, before Cornerstone lost in the final quarter 43 to 40.
Next week the team go to the Lower North Island Secondary Schools Tournament, conveniently held here in Palmerston North.
After (surprisingly) voting to include the Recorder in the Year 10 music course, there were some entertaining, and skillful end of unit performances this week. The theme tune from Titanic was popular, as was "Alice the Camel", and "Pokarekare ana", however it was the boys that memorised "Heart and Soul" the familiar piano piece, who added a little extra to their performance...
This week, Year 10 Food and Technology students were given the weighty task of catering to the Honourable Kelvin Davis - the Associate Minister of Education and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. As part of their knife skills unit, students prepared slices, soup, fruit kebabs and other treats for the visit at Wholegrain Organics before delivering them to the function.
Hon Kelvin Davis and regional MP Adrian Rurawhe were in the region announcing $20m of new education spending locally.
"Everyone was so focused, the food turned out really well - the minister and his team were very impressed!" reported Mrs Naomi Hall - Head of Food Technology.
Months of hard work, hypothesising, log booking, testing, recording results and graphing, came to fruition today in the Year 7 to 9 Science Fair.
There was an entry from a Year 5 group about stain removal, someone explored the five second rule, others wanted to experiment in their chosen sport, and yet others invented electrical and mechanical devices. One student made prototypes for a percussion vest to help people with a lung condition, another explored which bread grew mould first and one student attempted to find a more environmentally friendly bread tag.
Head of Science, Mr Hayden Hewitt was "...impressed with the quality of work students put in, and appreciative of all the support from parents at home".
A quarter of the 70 entries will be entered into the Manawatu Science and Technology Fair.
"Worth the investment in my child" was how one parent described the Vanuatu trip.
Instead of taking a holiday, 18 Year 13 Students spent 12 days, serving in Vanuatu this July. Not knowing what to expect when the got off the plane, students found themselves hand making bricks for a school, building a fence for a new church, hiking to unreached villages, and sharing testimonies in schools.
There was strange food, tropical weather, large insects, long drops, and even a half marathon hike for the tenacious group. Working alongside local YWAM Vanuatu staff, students performed their songs, dramas, and shared testimonies to numerous groups around the islands.
Principal Peter Ferrar was quick to say how proud he was of the students, of their handling all the challenges, and their willingness to serve. "They learnt what it was to really give of themselves, to grow together and personally as a result." said the proud principal, who was clearly keen to return in 2019.
Prospective 2019 students in Years 7 - 13 , and their families are welcome to hear our vision, and ethos, tour our facilities, talk to our school leaders, subject specialists and see our classrooms in action.
Tours are at 3:30pm and 6:30pm on Tuesday 7th August, at Cornerstone. We will outline the structure of Year 9 classes as we continue to grow, options and activities available and the staff involved.
Year 12 students Andrew and Caleb received their Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards from Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith this week.
To earn the silver award, students had to first complete their bronze award, and then complete months of service, playing a sport, learning a skill and finally an expedition, tramping through the ruahine ranges for a few days.
It is neat to see Cornerstone students living a full and fulfilling life, and we wish these young men well on their next step - the Gold award.
This year's annual Music, Dance, Drama and Art showcase will be remembered for some hilarious acting , moving dramas, a lot of money raised for World Vision and a joke by young Amon.
As part of the school's world vision fundraiser, around $1000 was raised for South Sudan by auctioning art works created by students. This was followed by South African and Indian dancing, plays written and directed by Senior Drama students, and Senior Music class performances.
The evening had a community feel with parents and teachers enjoying a good laugh together, and celebrating the successes of our school's finest performers. Principal Dr Ferrar reported he smiled the whole way through the 'deeply satisfying' evening. Meanwhile Year 9 Amon Sahayam managed to steal the limelight in dedicating the final song to his math teacher.
2 Timothy 1:6
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.