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STAR course dates

2022 STAR dates

Term 1 dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
10MIG Welding Taster7 MarchRotokauri Campus
10Introduction to Cookery Taster7 MarchRotokauri Campus
12Introduction to Cookery Taster23 MarchRotokauri Campus
12Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster25 MarchGardens Campus
12Early Childhood Education Taster25 MarchCity Campus
12Health Taster25 MarchCity Campus
12Interior Design Taster25 MarchCity Campus
12Painting and Drawing Taster25 MarchCity Campus
12Short Video Production Taster25 MarchCity Campus
13Engineering Taster30 MarchRotokauri Campus
14Outdoor Education Taster8 AprilRotokauri Campus
14Landscape Taster8 AprilGardens Campus

Term 2 dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
18Early Childhood Education Taster6 MayCity Campus
18Health Taster6 MayCity Campus
18Photoshop Taster6 MayCity Campus
18Introduction to Illustrator Taster6 MayCity Campus
18Printmaking Taster6 MayCity Campus
18Music Production Taster13 MayCity Campus
19Interior Design Taster13 MayCity Campus
19Painting and Drawing Taster13 MayCity Campus
19Introduction to Illustrator Taster13 MayCity Campus
19Photoshop Taster13 MayCity Campus
20Provide Table Service in Hospitality Taster16 MayCity Campus
20Health Taster20 MayCity Campus
20Introduction to Animal Technology Taster20 MayRotokauri Campus
20Creative Media Taster20 MayCity Campus
20Introduction to Illustrator Taster - Textiles20 MayCity Campus
20Photoshop Taster20 MayCity Campus
20Performing Arts Taster20 MayCity Campus
21MIG Welding Taster23 MayRotokauri Campus
21Automotive Taster23 MayRotokauri Campus
21Carpentry Taster23 MayRotokauri Campus
21Electrical Taster23 MayRotokauri Campus
21Prepare and Cook Basic Pastry Dishes Taster25 MayRotokauri Campus
21Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster27 MayGardens Campus
21Early Childhood Education Taster27 MayCity Campus
21Photoshop Taster27 MayCity Campus
21Music Production Taster27 MayCity Campus
21Interior Design Taster27 MayCity Campus
21Introduction to Illustrator Taster27 MayCity Campus
21Painting and Drawing Taster27 MayCity Campus
22Barista 5-Day Taster1 JuneRotokauri Campus
22Landscape Taster3 JuneGardens Campus
22Beauty Taster3 JuneCity Campus
22Hairdressing Taster3 JuneCity Campus
22Short Video Production Taster3 JuneCity Campus
22Sport Taster3 JuneRotokauri Campus
22Printmaking Taster3 JuneCity Campus
23Health Taster10 JuneCity Campus
23Performing Arts Taster10 JuneCity Campus
23Introduction to Illustrator Taster10 JuneCity Campus
23Painting and Drawing Taster10 JuneCity Campus
24Introduction to Barista and Restaurant Services Taster13 JuneRotokauri Campus
24Music Production Taster17 JuneCity Campus
26Health Taster1 JulyCity Campus
27Introduction to Computer Aided Drawing Taster6 JulyRotokauri Campus

Term 3 dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
30Introduction to Barista and Restaurant Services Taster25 JulyRotokauri Campus
30Introduction to Cookery Taster25 JulyRotokauri Campus
31Health Taster5 AugustCity Campus
31Early Childhood Education Taster5 AugustCity Campus
32Prepare and Cook Basic Pastry Dishes Taster8 AugustRotokauri Campus
32Barista 5-Day Taster10 AugustRotokauri Campus
32Introduction to Animal Technology Taster12 AugustRotokauri Campus
33Food Service Styles and Menus Taster15 AugustRotokauri Campus
33Introduction to Illustrator Taster19 AugustCity Campus
33Performing Arts Taster19 AugustCity Campus
33Electrical Taster22 AugustRotokauri Campus
33Carpentry Taster22 AugustRotokauri Campus
33Automotive Taster22 AugustRotokauri Campus
33MIG Welding Taster22 AugustRotokauri Campus
33Music Production Taster26 AugustCity Campus
33Short Video Production Taster26 AugustCity Campus
33Painting and Drawing Taster26 AugustCity Campus
33Introduction to Illustrator Taster - Textiles26 AugustCity Campus
35Provide Table Service in Hospitality Taster29 AugustRotokauri Campus
35Health Taster2 SeptemberCity Campus
35Photoshop Taster2 SeptemberCity Campus
35Interior Design Taster2 SeptemberCity Campus
35Printmaking Taster2 SeptemberCity Campus
36Engineering Taster8 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
36Creative Media Taster9 SeptemberCity Campus
36Business Taster9 SeptemberCity Campus
36Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster9 SeptemberGardens Campus
36Beauty Taster9 SeptemberCity Campus
36Hairdressing Taster9 SeptemberCity Campus
37Engineering Taster15 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
37Outdoor Education Taster16 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
37Landscape Taster16 SeptemberGardens Campus
38Introduction to Barista and Restaurant Services Taster19 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
38Introduction to Cookery Taster19 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
38Engineering Taster22 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
38Introduction to Animal Technology Taster23 SeptemberRotokauri Campus
39Introduction to Computer Aided Drawing Taster28 SeptemberRotokauri Campus

Term 4 dates

WeekSTAR courseDatesLocation
42Introduction to Barista and Restaurant Services Taster17 OctoberRotokauri Campus
42Prepare and Cook Basic Pastry Dishes Taster17 OctoberRotokauri Campus
44Electrical Taster31 OctoberRotokauri Campus
44Carpentry Taster31 OctoberRotokauri Campus
44Automotive Taster31 OctoberRotokauri Campus
44MIG Welding Taster31 OctoberRotokauri 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:
Tania Phillips
Youth Pathways Coordinator - STAR
Phone: +647 834 8800 ext 3779 

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