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STAR course dates

2024 STAR dates

Term 1 dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
9Provide Table Service in Hospitality Taster, day one of three26 FebruaryRotokauri Campus
9Hairdressing Taster28 FebruaryRotokauri Campus
10Provide Table Service in Hospitality Taster, day two of three4 MarchRotokauri Campus
10Introduction to Cookery Taster4 MarchRotokauri Campus
10MIG Welding Taster4 MarchRotokauri Campus
10Carpentry Taster4 MarchRotokauri Campus
10Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster4 MarchGardens Campus
10Health Taster4 MarchCity Campus
10Photoshop Taster4 MarchCity Campus
10Painting and Drawing Taster4 MarchCity Campus
10Interior Design Taster4 MarchCity Campus
11Provide Table Service in Hospitality Taster, day three of three11 MarchRotokauri Campus
11Automotive Taster11 MarchRotokauri Campus
11Electrical Taster11 MarchRotokauri Campus
11Plumbing11 MarchRotokauri Campus
11Hairdressing Taster13 MarchRotokauri Campus
11Creative Media Taster15 MarchCity Campus
11Introduction to Illustrator Taster15 MarchCity Campus
11Performing Arts Taster15 MarchCity Campus
12Engineering Taster21 MarchRotokauri Campus
12Photoshop Taster22 MarchCity Campus
12Interior Design Taster22 MarchCity Campus
12Painting and Drawing Taster22 MarchCity Campus
12Music Production Taster22 MarchCity Campus
13MIG Welding Taster25 MarchRotokauri Campus
13Automotive Taster25 MarchRotokauri Campus
13Business Taster27 MarchCity Campus
13Hairdressing Taster27 MarchRotokauri Campus
13Engineering Taster28 MarchRotokauri Campus
14Introduction to Illustrator Taster5 AprilCity Campus
14Health Taster5 AprilCity Campus
14Sport Taster5 AprilRotokauri Campus
15Beauty Taster10 AprilRotokauri Campus
15Short Video Production Taster12 AprilCity Campus

Term 2 dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
18Photoshop Taster3 MayCity Campus
19Beauty Taster10 MayRotokauri Campus
19Introduction to Illustrator Taster10 MayCity Campus
19Interior Design Taster10 MayCity Campus
19Painting and Drawing Taster10 MayCity Campus
19Music Production Taster10 MayCity Campus
19Introduction to Animal Technology Taster10 MayRotokauri Campus
19Landscape Taster10 MayGardens Campus
20Creative Media Taster17 MayCity Campus
20Short Video Production Taster
17 MayCity Campus
20Introduction to Illustrator Taster17 MayCity Campus
20Performing Arts Taster17 MayCity Campus
21MIG Welding Taster20 MayRotokauri Campus
21Carpentry Taster20 MayRotokauri Campus
21Plumbing20 MayRotokauri Campus
21Beauty Taster22  MayRotokauri Campus
21Photoshop Taster24 MayCity Campus
21Interior Design Taster24 MayCity Campus
21Music Production Taster24 MayCity Campus
22Electrical Taster27 MayRotokauri Campus
22Automotive Taster27 MayRotokauri Campus
22Carpentry Taster27 MayRotokauri Campus
22Creative Media Taster31 MayCity Campus
23Photoshop Taster7 JuneCity Campus
23Painting and Drawing Taster7 JuneCity Campus
23Performing Arts Taster7 JuneCity Campus
24Introduction to Cookery Taster10 JuneRotokauri Campus
24Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster14 JuneGardens Campus
26MIG Welding Taster24 JuneRotokauri Campus
26Introduction to Cookery Taster24 JuneRotokauri Campus
26Introduction to Computer Aided Drawing Taster24 JuneRotokauri Campus

Term 3 dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
30Health Taster26 JulyCity Campus
31Barista 4-Day Taster, day one of four29 JulyRotokauri Campus
31Prepare and Cook Basic Pasta Taster, day one of four29 JulyRotokauri Campus
31Printmaking Taster2 AugustCity Campus
32Barista 4-Day Taster, day two of four5 AugustRotokauri Campus
32Prepare and Cook Basic Pasta Taster, day two of four5 AugustRotokauri Campus
32Health Taster9 AugustCity Campus
32Introduction to Animal Technology Taster9 AugustRotokauri Campus
32Creative Media Taster9 AugustCity Campus
32Introduction to Illustrator Taster9 AugustCity Campus
32Interior Design Taster9 AugustCity Campus
33Barista 4-Day Taster, day three of four12 AugustRotokauri Campus
33Prepare and Cook Basic Pasta Taster, day three of four12 AugustRotokauri Campus
33MIG Welding Taster12 AugustRotokauri Campus
33Electrical Taster12 AugustRotokauri Campus
33Plumbing12 AugustRotokauri Campus
33Printmaking Taster16 AugustCity Campus
33Music Production Taster16 AugustCity Campus
34Barista 4-Day Taster, day four of four19 AugustRotokauri Campus
34Prepare and Cook Basic Pasta Taster, day four of four19 AugustRotokauri Campus
34Business Taster21AugustCity Campus
34Photoshop Taster23 AugustCity Campus
34Introduction to Illustrator Taster23 AugustCity Campus
34Painting and Drawing Taster23 AugustCity Campus
34Performing Arts Taster23 AugustCity Campus
35Engineering Taster29 AugustRotokauri Campus
37Sport Taster18 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
39Introduction to Computer Aided Drawing Taster24 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
47Introduction to Computer Aided Drawing Taster18 NovemberRotokauri 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. 

Bus routes

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.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Youth Pathways Coordinator - STAR
Phone: +647 834 8800 ext 3369 

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