STAR course dates
2023 STAR dates
Term 1 dates
|9||Hairdressing Taster||1 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|9||Interior Design Taster||3 March||City Campus|
|9||Introduction to Illustrator Taster||3 March||City Campus|
|9||Health Taster||3 March||City Campus|
|9||Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster||3 March||Gardens Campus|
|10||MIG Welding Taster||6 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|10||Carpentry Taster||6 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|10||Photoshop Taster||10 March||City Campus|
|10||Early Childhood Education Taster||10 March||City Campus|
|10||Introduction to Computer Aided Drawing Taster||10 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|10||Landscape Taster||10 March||Gardens Campus|
|11||Introduction to Cookery Taster||13 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|11||Automotive Taster||13 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|11||Electrical Taster||13 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|11||MIG Welding Taster||13 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|11||Hairdressing Taster||15 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|11||Performing Arts Taster||17 March||City Campus|
|11||Introduction to Illustrator Taster||17 March||City Campus|
|11||Early Childhood Education Taster||17 March||City Campus|
|12||Engineering Taster||23 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|12||Interior Design Taster||24 March||City Campus|
|12||Painting and Drawing Taster||24 March||City Campus|
|12||Health Taster||24 March||City Campus|
|13||MIG Welding Taster||27 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|13||Hairdressing Taster||29 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|13||Engineering Taster||30 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|13||Photoshop Taster||31 March||City Campus|
|13||Creative Media Taster||31 March||City Campus|
|13||Music Production Taster||31 March||City Campus|
|14||Business Taster||3 April||City Campus|
|14||Sport Taster||4 April||Rotokauri Campus|
Term 2 dates
Term 3 dates
|30||Early Childhood Education Taster||28 July||City Campus|
|30||Introduction to Animal Technology Taster||28 July||Rotokauri Campus|
|31||Health Taster||4 August||City Campus|
|31||Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster||4 August||Gardens Campus|
|32||MIG Welding Taster||7 August||Rotokauri Campus|
|32||Carpentry Taster||7 August||Rotokauri Campus|
|32||Provide Table Service in Hospitality Taster||7 August||Rotokauri Campus|
|32||Creative Media Taster||11 August||City Campus|
|32||Introduction to Illustrator Taster||11 August||City Campus|
|32||Interior Design Taster||11 August||City Campus|
|32||Introduction to Animal Technology Taster||11 August||Rotokauri Campus|
|32||Landscape Taster||11 August||Gardens Campus|
|33||Automotive Taster||14 August||Rotokauri Campus|
|33||Electrical Taster||14 August||Rotokauri Campus|
|33||Music Production Taster||18 August||City Campus|
|33||Outdoor Education Taster||18 August||Rotokauri Campus|
|34||Painting and Drawing Taster||25 August||City Campus|
|34||Photoshop Taster||25 August||City Campus|
|34||Health Taster||25 August||City Campus|
|35||Engineering Taster||30 August||Rotokauri Campus|
|36||Business Taster||4 September||City Campus|
|37||Introduction to Barista and Restaurant Services Taster||11 September||Rotokauri Campus|
Still at Secondary High School?
If you're still at secondary school and are trying to decide on your future career, join us for a STAR programme and get a taste of a career before committing to full-time study.
STAR programmes are usually one day, but maybe up to five. All of our STAR programmes are aligned with vocational pathways, and some of our programmes also have credits attached.
Please note, you must book through your school. Careers advisors, please use the Booking Form to book a place for your students.
Information for students
STAR course times
8.45am-9am - Meet and greet session with STAR coordinator
9am-3pm - In-class with the tutor
Rotokauri Campus: The Hub (S Block) for all courses. Look for the dark green and white STAR sign near the information desk. Course subjects taught here are animal technology, hair and beauty, and all trades, sports and hospitality tasters.
City Campus: The Hub (building with the café, library, and other student services). Look for the dark green and white STAR sign on one of the shared tables. Course subjects taught here are media arts (Photoshop, Illustrator, printmaking, music, short video, interior design, performing arts, painting and drawing, and creative media), early childhood education, health, and business.
Hamilton Gardens Campus: Access via the public car park at Gate 2. Cross the bridge from the car park, over to the Horticulture Education Centre reception. Course subjects taught here are horticulture, arboriculture, and landscape.
At the meet and greet session, students will be required to complete an enrolment form before being taken to their classroom.
Each course will have different clothing requirements. Please check your programme requirements by clicking on the pathway option and then the course for more information.
As STAR courses are booked through your secondary school, you must contact the school if you cannot attend. If you become unwell while attending a STAR course, their school will be contacted.
Upon completion of the STAR course, certificates are emailed to secondary schools which can be forwarded to students.
Rotokauri: Star students are required to 'pay & display.' Students can park in car park 1 or 2, Star students cannot park in visitor parking as this will incur a parking infringement. Parking costs $1 per hour capped at $6.00 per day, between 8am and 4pm weekdays. Tickets can be purchased from payment machines located in car parks 1 and 2.
City: NO parking available at the City Campus.
Hamilton Gardens: FREE parking is available at the Hamilton Gardens Campus in the public car park.
The City Campus is a 1-minute walk from the Hamilton City Transport Centre; therefore, all inner-city BUSIT routes will be a suitable mode of transport. Click here to find the best route for your address. The Orbiter bus route runs between the transport centre and Wintec Rotokauri Campus.
Food on campus
Food is not provided as part of the STAR experience. Both the City, Rotokauri, and Hamilton Gardens campuses have excellent cafés serving a tempting array of hot and cold food, and espresso coffee. In the student areas of all our campuses, there are also microwaves, hot water, and snack vending machines. Students are welcome to bring their own packed lunch
Click here for a printable version of the information sheet.