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STAR Experiences

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 may be 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 - 3.00pm


The location of the STAR course will be at either the Rotokauri or City Campus. Your careers advisor will inform you of the location. A member of the STAR team will meet you at one of the locations listed below, where you will be required to complete an Enrolment Form before being escorted to the course venue.


      Rotokauri Campus: G Block for Trades, L Block for Hospitality, Q Block for Sport, S Block (Hub) for Animal Care and any other STAR courses that are not listed above).


      City Campus: The Hub – Building with Café, Library and Student Services. Look out for the Yellow “STAR” sign on one of the shared tables. Media Arts (Photoshop, Performing Arts, Illustrator, Pattern/Print making, Music, Short Video, Interior Design), Early Childhood Education, Health Taster Day, Hair & Beauty.


      Hamilton Gardens Campus: Wintec Horticulture Centre – Entrance 2, Public Carpark. Cross the bridge from the public car park, over to the Horticulture Education Centre reception. Horticulture & Arboriculture Taster, Landscape Taster.



Each course will have different clothing requirements. Please check your programme requirements by clicking on the pathway option (above), and then the course for more information.


As STAR Courses are booked through the student’s Secondary School, you must contact the School if you cannot attend. If you become unwell while attending a STAR course, your school will be contacted.



Upon completion of the STAR course, you will be sent an attendance certificate via your school.



There is no parking available at the City Campus.

At the Rotokauri campus STAR students can park in carparks 1 and 2 only. ‘Pay & display’ tickets can be purchased from payment machines located in the car parks. Parking costs 0.50c per hour, capped at $4.00 per day, between 8.00am and 4.00pm weekdays.

Please do not park in the visitor parking as this will incur a Parking Infringement.

Parking is free at the Hamilton Gardens Campus in the public carpark.


Bus routes

The Wintec City campus is a 1min walk form the Hamilton bus depot, therefore all inner city BUSIT routes will be a suitable mode of transport. Go here to find the best route for your address. The Orbiter bus route runs between the Hamilton City Bus Depot and Wintec Rotokauri Campus.


Food on campus

Food is not provided as part of the STAR experience. However, 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 microwaves, hot water and snack vending machines.

Students are welcome to bring their own packed lunch.


Click here for printable version of the parent information sheet.

STAR dates 2019


 Term two dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
23Interior design7 JuneCity Campus
23Horticulture and arboriculture taster day7 JuneHamilton Gardens Campus
24Introduction to restaurant service10 JuneRotokauri Campus
26Trades taster day28 JuneRotokauri Campus
26Introduction to illustrator28 JuneCity Campus
26Early childhood education28 JuneCity Campus

Term three dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
33, 34, and 35Food service styles and menus - 3 day 12, 19, and 26 AugustRotokauri Campus
​33Early childhood education13 AugustCity Campus
33, 34, 35, 36, and 37Barista - 5 day14, 21, 28 August, and 11 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
34Horticulture and arboriculture taster day23 AugustHamilton Gardens Campus
35Health30 AugustCity Campus
36Barista - 1 day2 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
36Trades taster day6 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
37Early childhood education10 SeptemberCity Campus
38Introduction to illustrator16 SeptemberCity Campus
38Music production16 SeptemberCity Campus
38Photoshop16 SeptemberCity Campus
38Painting and drawing17 SeptemberCity Campus
38Media workshop17 SeptemberCity Campus
38Short video production and development17 SeptemberCity Campus
38Introduction to manual patternmaking17 SeptemberCity Campus
38Interior design17 SeptemberCity Campus
38Health20 SeptemberCity Campus
39Engineering taster day26 September Rotokauri Campus


Term four dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
42Horticulture and arboriculture taster day18 OctoberHamilton Gardens Campus
42Health18 OctoberCity Campus
​43Barista - 1 day21 OctoberRotokauri Campus
43, 44, 45, 46, and 47Prepare and cook basic pastry dishes - 5 days24, 31 October, and 7, 14, 21 NovemberRotokauri Campus
44Landscape taster day1 NovemberHamilton Gardens Campus
44Health1 NovemberCity Campus
​44Trades taster day1 NovemberRotokauri Campus
45, 46, and 47Food safety methods, hazards and control - 3 days8, 15, and 22 NovemberRotokauri Campus
48Introduction to cookery28 NovemberRotokauri Campus

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact:

Natalie Freeman
Student Recruitment Representative - STAR
Phone: +647 834 8800 ext 3908