Team Karearea 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 Karearea is also the symbolic pou for respect the overarching value at Strath Taieri School. This class is taught by Kirsty Lynch and Jim McArthur.
Mrs Lynch teaches three days a week in Team Karearea and the principal Mr McArthur teaches the other two days. The senior class has a student council and house captains. Student leadership is highly valued for what they add to our school and the leadership experience it offers our children.
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.
Mr McArthur has a passion for maths and provides highly engaging activities that extend and challenge all children.
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.
Jim McArthur moved to Middlemarch in 2020 from a head of mathematics role at a British International school in Malaysia and began his new role as a teaching principal, after more than a decade in the classroom.
His wife Georgie McArthur is a teacher aide at the school and they have a daughter also in team Karearea. He has enjoyed being the "townie" principal in this close-knit rural community.
Kirsty Lynch moved to Middlemarch from the North Island four 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.