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Gisborne Christian Education Trust

'..providing Christian Education for the families of Gisborne...'

Kia Ora Everyone

Welcome to another year at Sonrise Christian School - another year which will be full of God's provision and grace to us.

This year we want to improve our communication with our school community as there is always news, background information and frequently asked questions that come up from time to time.

Background Information

Gisborne Christian Education Trust (GCET) is the Proprietor of Sonrise Christian School.

Sonrise Christian School is an integrated state school of special character. This means that the state pays the teachers and provides money to run the school. Like any other school, there is an elected Board of Trustees which sets the vision and future plans for the school, makes sure the school is working well and supports the staff and principal.

Another group, called the proprietors, supplies land, buildings, and any other facility which is a fixture such as landscaping and playgrounds. Proprietors charge attendance dues for this and of course are also assisted by grants from charitable trusts and donations. Dues are used only to finance these facilities and are not used to run the school. Proprietors are also responsible for guarding the special character of the school, and have up to four appointed positions on the Board of Trustees so that everyone works together to deliver special character education.

The members of the Trust are:

Mr Deryk Jenson (Chairman)
Mrs Georgette Jenson (Secretary)
Mrs Dianne Holland (Treasurer)
Mr Walton Sadlier
Mr Paul White

All the trustees are extremely committed to the Trust and to the school.

All the Trustees are volunteers and give many unpaid hours to Trust and the school.


1-The Roll

It is very exciting to see the school grow. At the start of the school the roll was 6, and since then it has risen and fallen. At one stage after the first buildings were built, it dropped as low as 19 which was a test of faith! But since then it has grown and grown and now is at 122, which is a great testimony to the faithfulness of God. Currently we have a roll cap of 150 students. It would be very exciting to see the school grow to this capacity.

2-The new block- Senior Class

It is really exciting to be able to provide education for our children at a senior high school level. Like the increase in roll this had to be approved by the Ministry of Education and is a real testament to God's provision that this change for the school was approved.

In 2009 we built a new classroom block. This included a classroom and a technical room which accommodates science, art, home economics, and other technical subjects.

Now the school is moving in stages to Year 13 a new building is planned. It will incorporate two classrooms and expanded office and meeting rooms. 

3-The Preschool

Sonrise Christian Preschool has now been operating for more than ten years and is very popular.  This is a separate project to that of the School. It is financed by a lease from the Preschool and parent's attendance dues are not used for this. GCET provides the land, building and fixtures while The Kingdom Kids and Education Trust provide the teachers, equipment, and the skills needed to develop and deliver the curriculum. The Preschool and the School are working together to bring education and the love of Christ to the children of Tairawhiti.