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STAR dates 2021

Term 1 dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
8Introduction to Photoshop Taster26 FebruaryCity Campus
8Introduction to Printmaking26 FebruaryCity Campus
8Interior Design Taster26 FebruaryCity Campus
8Music Production Workshop26 FebruaryCity Campus
8Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster Day26 FebruaryGardens Campus
9Introduction to Cookery3 MarchRotokauri Campus
9Introduction to Illustrator Taster5 MarchCity Campus
9Painting and Drawing Taster5 MarchCity Campus
9Introduction to Illustrator Taster5 MarchCity Campus
9Health Taster5 MarchCity Campus
9Landscape Taster Day5 MarchGardens Campus
10Introduction to Photoshop Taster12 MarchCity Campus
10Creative Media Taster12 MarchCity Campus
10Performing Arts Taster12 MarchCity Campus
10MIG Welding12 MarchRotokauri Campus
11Trades Taster Day19 MarchRotokauri Campus
11Introduction to Illustrator Taster19 MarchCity Campus
11Introduction to Printmaking19 MarchCity Campus
11Interior Design Taster19 MarchCity Campus
11Music Production Workshop19 MarchCity Campus
11Health Taster19 MarchCity Campus
12Introduction to Cookery24 MarchCity Campus
12Short Video Production Taster26 MarchCity Campus
12Painting and Drawing Taster26 MarchCity Campus
12Early Childhood Education Taster26 MarchCity Campus
12Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster Day26 MarchGardens Campus
13Engineering Taster Day31 MarchRotokauri Campus
14Performing Arts Taster9 AprilCity Campus
14Hairdressing Taster9 AprilCity Campus
14Beauty Taster9 AprilCity Campus
14Landscape Taster Day9 AprilGardens Campus
15Introduction to Photoshop Taster12 AprilCity Campus
15Introduction to Illustrator Taster12 AprilCity Campus
15Painting and Drawing Taster12 AprilCity Campus
15Introduction to Printmaking13 AprilCity Campus
15Interior Design Taster13 AprilCity Campus
15Creative Media Taster13 AprilCity Campus
15Music Production Workshop13 AprilCity Campus
15MIG Welding16 AprilRotokauri Campus

Term 2 dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
18Introduction to Photoshop Taster7 MayCity Campus
18Introduction to Printmaking7 MayCity Campus
18Interior Design Taster7 MayCity Campus
18Performing Arts Taster7 MayCity Campus
18Health Taster7 MayCity Campus
18Early Childhood Education Taster7 MayCity Campus
19Trades Taster Day14 MayRotokauri Campus
19Introduction to Illustrator Taster14 MayCity Campus
19Painting and Drawing Taster14 MayCity Campus
19Music Production Workshop14 MayCity Campus
19Introduction to Illustrator Taster14 MayCity Campus
19Introduction to Business Taster Day14 MayCity Campus
20Provide Table Service17 MayRotokauri Campus
20Introduction to Photoshop Taster21 MayCity Campus
20Creative Media Taster21 MayCity Campus
20Painting and Drawing Taster21 MayCity Campus
20Introduction to Animal Technology21 MayRotokauri Campus
21Prepare & Cook Basic Pastry Dishes26 MayRotokauri Campus
21Introduction to Illustrator Taster28 MayCity Campus
21Interior Design Taster28 MayCity Campus
21Performing Arts Taster28 MayCity Campus
21Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster Day28 MayGardens Campus
22Barista2 JuneRotokauri Campus
22Short Video Production Taster4 JuneCity Campus
22Introduction to Printmaking4 JuneCity Campus
22Music Production Workshop4 JuneCity Campus
22Hairdressing Taster4 JuneCity Campus
22Beauty Taster4 JuneCity Campus
22MIG Welding4 JuneRotokauri Campus
22Landscape Taster Day4 JuneGardens Campus
24Intro to Barista and Restaurant Service14 JuneRotokauri Campus
24Health Taster18 JuneCity Campus
24Early Childhood Education Taster18 JuneCity Campus
26MIG Welding2 JulyRotokauri Campus
27AutoCAD7 JulyRotokauri Campus
27AutoCAD9 JulyRotokauri Campus

Term 3 dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
30Introduction to Barista and Restaurant Service26 JulyRotokauri Campus
30Introduction to Cookery26 JulyRotokauri Campus 
30Health Taster30 JulyCity Campus
30Early Childhood Education Taster30 JulyCity Campus
31Introduction to Business Taster Day6 AugustCity Campus
32Prepare and Cook Basic Pastry Dishes9 AugustRotokauri Campus 
32Barista11 AugustRotokauri Campus 
32Introduction to Photoshop Taster13 AugustCity Campus
32Introduction to Printmaking13 AugustCity Campus
32Interior Design13 AugustCity Campus
32Music Production13 AugustCity Campus
32Health Taster13 AugustCity Campus
32Introduction to Animal Technology13 AugustRotokauri Campus 
33Food Service Styles and Menus16 AugustRotokauri Campus 
33Introduction to Illustrator Taster20 AugustCity Campus
33Painting and Drawing Taster20 AugustCity Campus
33Performing Arts Taster20 AugustCity Campus
34Trades Taster Day27 AugustRotokauri Campus 
34Short Video Production Taster27 AugustCity Campus
34Creative Media Taster27 AugustCity Campus
34Music Production Workshop27 AugustCity Campus
34Introduction to Illustrator Taster27 AugustCity Campus
34Health Taster27 AugustCity Campus
34Early Childhood Education Taster27 AugustCity Campus
35Provide Table Service30 AugustRotokauri Campus 
35Introduction to Photoshop Taster3 SeptemberCity Campus
35Introduction to Printmaking3 SeptemberCity Campus
35Interior Design Taster3 SeptemberCity Campus
36Intro to Barista and Restaurant Service6 SeptemberRotokauri Campus 
36Engineering Taster Day9 SeptemberRotokauri Campus 
36Introduction to Illustrator Taster10 SeptemberCity Campus
36Painting and Drawing Taster10 SeptemberCity Campus
36Performing Arts Taster10 SeptemberCity Campus
36MIG Welding10 SeptemberRotokauri Campus 
36Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster Day10 SeptemberGardens Campus
37Introduction to Photoshop Taster13 SeptemberCity Campus
37Introduction to Illustrator Taster13 SeptemberCity Campus
37Music Production Workshop13 SeptemberCity Campus
37Short Video Production Taster14 SeptemberCity Campus
37Introduction to Printmaking14 SeptemberCity Campus
37Interior Design Taster14 SeptemberCity Campus
37Creative Media Taster14 SeptemberCity Campus
37Painting and Drawing Taster14 SeptemberCity Campus
37Engineering Taster Day16 SeptemberRotokauri Campus 
37Hairdressing Taster17 SeptemberCity Campus
37Beauty Taster17 SeptemberCity Campus
37Health Taster17 SeptemberCity Campus
37Landscape Taster Day17 SeptemberGardens Campus
38Intro to Cookery20 SeptemberRotokauri Campus 
38Engineering Taster Day23 SeptemberRotokauri Campus 
38Introduction to Business Taster Day24 SeptemberCity Campus
38Introduction to Animal Technology24 SeptemberRotokauri Campus 
39AutoCAD29 SeptemberRotokauri Campus 
39AutoCAD30 SeptemberRotokauri Campus 

Term 4 dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
42Introduction to Cookery18 October
Rotokauri Campus
42Introduction to Barista and Restaurant Service18 October
Rotokauri Campus
44MIG Welding5 NovemberRotokauri Campus
46Introduction to Cookery15 November
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


The location of the STAR course will be either the Rotokauri, City, or Gardens 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: The Hub (S Block) for all courses.

City Campus: The Hub (building with the café, library, and other student services). Look for the yellow “STAR” sign on one of the shared tables. Courses 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 Taster Day, Business Taster, Hair, and Beauty.

Hamilton Gardens Campus: Access via the public car park at Gate 2. Cross the bridge from the car park, over to the Wintec Horticulture Education Centre reception. Courses taught here are Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster, and Landscape Taster.


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, 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 car parks 1 and 2 only. ‘Pay & display’ tickets can be purchased from payment machines located in the car parks. Parking costs .50c per hour, capped at $4.00 per day, between 8am and 4pm 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 car park.

Bus routes

The Wintec 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 parent information sheet.

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact:

Katelyn Olsen
Student Recruitment Representative - STAR
Phone: +647 834 8800 ext 3358