STAR course dates
2022 STAR dates
Term 1 dates
|10||MIG Welding Taster||7 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|10||Introduction to Cookery Taster||7 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|12||Introduction to Cookery Taster||23 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|12||Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster||25 March||Gardens Campus|
|12||Early Childhood Education Taster||25 March||City Campus|
|12||Health Taster||25 March||City Campus|
|12||Interior Design Taster||25 March||City Campus|
|12||Painting and Drawing Taster||25 March||City Campus|
|12||Short Video Production Taster||25 March||City Campus|
|13||Engineering Taster||30 March||Rotokauri Campus|
|14||Outdoor Education Taster||8 April||Rotokauri Campus|
|14||Landscape Taster||8 April||Gardens Campus|
Term 2 dates
Term 3 dates
Term 4 dates
|42||Introduction to Barista and Restaurant Services Taster||17 October||Rotokauri Campus|
|42||Introduction to Cookery Taster||17 October||Rotokauri Campus|
|42||Prepare and Cook Basic Pastry Dishes Taster||17 October||Rotokauri Campus|
|44||Electrical Taster||31 October||Rotokauri Campus|
|44||Carpentry Taster||31 October||Rotokauri Campus|
|44||Automotive Taster||31 October||Rotokauri Campus|
|44||MIG Welding Taster||31 October||Rotokauri Campus|
|46||Introduction to Cookery Taster||14 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 times8.45am-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.
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.