Experience Ara

Experience Ara is all about giving you a feel for tertiary-level study with hands-on taster days, holiday programmes and workshops in a wide range of subjects. Events are held throughout the school year and most are free. Depending on the activity, you might meet tutors and current students, use our industry-standard facilities to undertake tasks and challenges, or just have a great time learning about a subject you’re really interested in.

Check out what’s happening in 2020:

Get a feel for tertiary-level study with hands-on junior and Senior Tasters, information sessions, and holiday workshops or earn some extra credits with our assessed STAR courses in a wide range of subjects.

We offer tours at each of our five campuses, by arrangement. Book a tour today using our online request form.

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Ace of Trades Careers Evening

  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Information and preparation
  • Location: Christchurch; Timaru

All About Chocolate

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Cost: $300 (ex GST)
  • Type: STAR courses
  • Location: Christchurch

All About Ice Cream

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Cost: $300 (ex GST)
  • Type: STAR courses
  • Location: Christchurch

An Audience with Metro News

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Information and preparation
  • Location: Christchurch

Annual Year 11 Chemistry Competition

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Senior taster
  • Location: Christchurch

Architectural Studies Portfolio Workshop

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Information and preparation
  • Location: Christchurch

Art & Design for a Day

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Senior taster
  • Location: Christchurch

Automotive - Car Club

  • Duration: 3 x 2 hours
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Senior taster
  • Location: Christchurch

Automotive: Introduction to Engines

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Senior taster
  • Location: Timaru

Automotive: Introduction to Vehicle Servicing

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Senior taster
  • Location: Christchurch; Timaru

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