Team Kārearea was named in honour of a former teacher named Warwick Holden and the senior class of 2012 after the rescue of a native alpine falcon.
The Kārearea is also the symbolic pou for respect the overarching value at Strath Taieri School. This class is taught by Kirsty Lynch.
Mrs Lynch teaches four days a week in Team Kārearea and the principal Mrs Bankshaw teaches the other day.
Each Friday the Year 7 and 8 students travel to Taieri College to participate in the technology programme and each year the class is given the opportunity to go on a camp to some spectacular places within the South Island.
Mrs Lynch has strengths in literacy and PE. She provides a range of activities based on developing a love of reading and building a strong literacy foundation through structured literacy. The children are given regular opportunities to build fitness and be active. Our inquiry units cover other curriculum areas and allow the children to have a wide range of learning opportunities while also having the ability to direct their own learning.
Kirsty Lynch moved to Middlemarch from the North Island five years ago when her husband took the role as sole charge Community Police Constable. She has three very energetic young boys who keep her busy when she is not in the classroom. She loves working in a small country school with delightful down-to-earth children and a supportive rural community.