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Welcome to Star Activities at Birkenhead School

Star Activities is run by Birkenhead School and offers an exciting range of activity courses for girls and boys aged 4 to 15 years of age. The courses are open to all and we welcome children from all schools to join us during their school holidays.

We offer a wide range of activities to engage and  inspire every child and their different interests and our courses are delivered within a safe and caring environment. All Star Activities tutors are educational professionals or qualified sports coaches. 

Our courses run from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and lunch is provided for all courses. Our ‘Rise and Shine’ (8am-10am) and ‘Twilight’ (4pm6pm) sessions are available before and after each course to offer additional care and activities.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children onto a Star Activities course soon!

Steph Harris and Ruby Ashcroft
Star Activities Team





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Our Little Stars courses are based in our 'Pre-Prep' building designed for children of Pre-School age. The outdoor play area and Pirate Ship along with wet and dry indoor play areas make it an exciting place to be!


 

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Cost: £110 (including lunch)

This is a fun-packed course with lots of activities to keep young children entertained. There will be the opportunity to join in our Forest School adventures, demonstrate culinary skills during our baking sessions and take part in our seasonal walks across the campus.

In addition, children will be able to take part in games and story time, as well as playing in the role-play area and using the outside climbing frame. Arts and craft activities also mean that there are always things to take home as memories.

During weeks 3-11 children will also have great fun learning how to drive in our weekly go-karting sessions.

Children booking onto Little Stars, will be joining our all year round Pre-Prep children, for their special holiday activities.

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Our Rising Stars courses cover a multitude of different activities, ranging from drama and dance to sports, climbing and go-karting and are based in 'Little School'.


 

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Cost: £110 (including lunch)

This is a week full of variety! Participants will get to enjoy arts and craft activities as well as different sports including the School’s climbing wall.This is a week full of variety! Children will get to enjoy arts and craft activities as well as different sports including the School’s climbing wall.
The daily arts and craft activity provides opportunities to be creative and work with different materials to create pieces of art using new techniques.

The sports sessions begin with a coaching session on the basic fundamentals of the sport and will progress to small aided team games. The tutor will deliver sessions appropriate for the age range and ability of the group.   Over the five days a range of sports will be covered. 
Each week, there will also be the opportunity to use School’s indoor climbing wall for a minimum of two hours, guided by a specialist instructor.

During weeks 3-11 go-karting is offered for one morning during the week.  Everyone will have lots of fun perfecting their driving skills around the inflatable track under the instruction and guidance of qualified instructors.

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)


This is the course for any budding Jamie Oliver or for those who would just like to try something new. From delicious brownies to perfect pizzas, there are opportunities to make a whole host of tasty treats to take home and share with the family. A willingness to try new foods and flavours are essential. Ingredients as well  as a sealed container to  take the tasty delights home.

All ingredients are provided.

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

Is your child a keen nature watcher and a young  David Attenborough/Michaela Strachan in the making?
This fun and interactive course will enable your child to explore the wonders of wildlife and how to
care for the environment. With activities including constructing a mini beast hotel and a gourmet bird feeder, craft, music and drama. There will also be an opportunity to meet Woody the Owl and friends and also a visit to Tam o’Shanter’s farm.

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

Join us for a week of musical and creative fun! Children will get the chance to try out a range of musical instruments and be introduced to rhythm making and reading notes. A range of different music from around the world will be discovered throughout the week, with the children getting the chance to try creating their own versions of jazz, classical, pop, opera and rock tunes. They will also get the chance to sing, dance and take part in their own Star Choir,
with a concert for parents and friends performed at the end of the week featuring their favourite songs that they have learnt. In addition to music making, the children will also have fun with music themed arts and craft making.

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Our Super Stars courses are based on our main School campus and participants are able to enjoy the School's excellent sporting, ICT and climbing facilities. 


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Our experienced course tutors will coach in a variety of different sports chosen from:
*Football *Tennis *Diamond Cricket *Short Tennis *Badminton *Mini Olympics *Table Tennis *Cricket *Indoor Athletics *Kwik Cricket *Netball *Tag-rugby (non contact) *Basketball *Hockey *Relays *UniHoc *Dodge Ball *Capture-the-Flag *Danish Long Ball *Rounders *Lacrosse *Volley Ball *Bench Ball *Boccia

Each session will progress into small sided team games.
Climbing will also be offered at least twice during the week in sessions using the School’s indoor climbing wall with a specialist tutor. This increases to daily sessions during the summer.

*In the core Summer months Super Stars will split in to two separate courses - Super Stars Juniors & Super Stars Seniors.

Cost: £110 per week (including lunch)
 
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Super Stars Juniors will take part in all of the exciting sports activities listed above and will also get a further opportunity to create wonderful art work in arts and craft sessions with experienced creative tutors.

Super Stars Seniors will partake in sports with a higher level of competitiveness and team building. A greater emphasis on improving skills in a variety of sports is given on these weeks whilst still having great fun.

Cost: £110 per week (including lunch)
 

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

Judo – meaning ‘gently way’ is a modern martial art and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is in self-defence where the objective is to either throw or take down an opponent to the ground. The judo course is led by a fully trained instructor and is open to all abilities including beginners. There is an opportunity for grading on the final day. A judo kit is provided for the week.Judo – meaning ‘gentle way’ is a modern martial art and Olympic sport. Its most prominent feature is in self-defence where the objective is to throw or take down an opponent to the ground.  The judo course is led by a fully trained instructor and is open to all abilities including beginners. There is an opportunity for grading on the final day. A judo kit is provided for the week.


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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

Super Stars Forensic Science will look at how crimes are investigated and how different pieces of information can be brought together to solve a crime through a mixture of practical investigations and research. The different roles that scientists play will be explored and CSI reports produced. There may even be opportunities for role-play for any natural performers!

Any returning Scientists from the 2018 course will be set additional challenges through the week.

*Any Scientists who have attended for 2+ years may wish to consider The Science & Investigation course.
 

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

Printmaking, collage and sculpture are just some of the techniques taught and experimented with during this stimulating and varied course!
Different artists and styles will be explored and everyone taking part will receive a sketchbook to record their creations in during the week
 

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)


Try out weird and wonderful instruments, take part in ‘The Stars’ Talent Show, compose your own music on a computer and find out how fun music really is!

Explore the world of music in a multitude of ways; crafts, story-telling with music as well as learning about real pieces and lots of singing and noise!
Every day children will learn a new song, or songs, with opportunities to learn to play new instruments. These will then be performed to families in a mini-concert at the end of the week. No musical experience is necessary, but enthusiasm for signing is important!

*Please note: this course is also offered to Children of Rising Star age (Reception to Year 2).

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

Those taking part will enjoy daily sessions at local riding stables, during which they will have riding lessons as well as learning about stable management skills.  The riding lessons are suitable for all ability ranges and will focus primarily on walk, trot and canter skills.  For more advanced riders, jumping may be an option.  The stable management experience will range from grooming horses to preparing feeds. 

During the morning, there will also be opportunities to take part in sports and activities.  Examples include: *Football *Tennis *Diamond Cricket *Short Tennis *Badminton *Mini Olympics *Table Tennis *Cricket *Indoor Athletics *Kwik Cricket *Netball *Tag-rugby (non contact) *Basketball *Hockey *Relays *Uni-Hoc *Dodge Ball *Capture-the-Flag *Danish Long Ball *Rounders *Lacrosse *Volley Ball *Bench Ball *Boccia
 
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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

Super Stars Masterchef allows participants to develop their culinary skills and make a variety of different menus and meal options during the week. There will be opportunities to sample the delights as well as taking tasty treats home to share with friends and family.

All ingredients are provided, we just ask for a willingness to try new foods and flavours and for participants to bring a sealed container to take their creations home in!

Recipes will be adjusted to meet the requirements of the age of the participants (Juniors/Seniors).

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Cost: £250 per week (including lunch)

This popular and exhilarating course is held at Wirral Sailing Centre, West Kirby Marine Lake. During the week children will have opportunities to take part in a wide range of water-based activities such as sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, Canadian canoes, stand up paddle boards, raft building and power boating. Wet suits and buoyancy aids are supplied and children are asked to bring suitable footwear, a towel and a swimming costume. Participants are supervised at all times by the fully qualified instructors at the centre. NB In the event of inclement weather staff at the centre sometimes have to revert to “plan B” whilst we will try our best to provide a full week of water based activities we may occasionally include a local walk, beach games or orienteering etc.

Please note participants will need to attend by 9.30am each morning for watersports and will be taken to West Kirby by minibus.

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

Join us this summer for our new one-week Dance course with Star Activities. It will be an exciting, fun-filled and unforgettable experience. Whether you’re an enthusiastic beginner looking to develop your skills or a trained dancer, we will be teaching at a range of different levels to meet your needs. This course is designed to advance your technique, flexibility and confidence with the support of our specialist tutor. We will be learning choreography from a variety of different dance styles such as hip-hop, contemporary, jazz and lyrical, using music from the charts or your favourite musicals such as ‘The Greatest Showman’. During the week, students will be given the choice to perform in group numbers, duets, trios or solos which will culminate in a performance for friends and family to watch on the Friday afternoon. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!

*Dance will join with Drama for a penultimate performance at the end of the week.

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

Acting, improvisation and devising skills will be developed through a variety of fun exercises. The course is designed to develop both skill proficiency and confidence in a range of performance techniques with the support of our specialist tutor. There will be the opportunity to work on creating character and story as well as stagecraft techniques and terminology. At the end of the week the course will culminate in a performance which will be performed on the Friday afternoon to friends and family. Alongside the rehearsals for the performance, participants will also take part in games and fun activities designed to develop their self-expression and creativity.

*Dance will join with Drama for a penultimate performance  at the end of the week.

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

Participants will take part in trampolining and gymnastics at Drill Grange Road West. Drill is a community-run sports centre providing a gymnastics, trampolining and cheerleading facility for all abilities. It has also seen many athletes through to national and world championship events. This course is open to all abilities, from novice to expert. Get ready for skills based fun and lots of bouncing!

Trampolining and agility will take part in the morning. In the afternoon, participants will join the Superstars Multi Sports course (details can be found on page 8.)

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

The best scientists ask the best questions! This week is all about sparking curiosity and designing experiments to investigate.  We’ll be creative in approach, make lots of mistakes along the way and have lots of fun. Lab coats and safety goggles at the ready…

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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

The Magic Masterclass allows participants to gain an all-round knowledge in the basic concepts of magic, allowing them to perform and create their own Magic effects.

Ability will be gained in the disciplines of card, coin and other forms of close-up magic, as well as an awareness of certain famous magicians and magic creators. The course is open to those who have either no knowledge or limited ability in magic and is led by a performing magician who has teaching and performing experience.

 
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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

Acting, singing and dance/movement skills will be developed through a range of exciting workshops. Those taking part in the course will learn basic singing techniques as well as enhancing their performance skills through creating their own scenes and dance numbers with the support of our specialist tutor. The week will culminate in a musical theatre production covering singing,
drama and dance, which will be performed on the Friday afternoon to friends and family. As well as rehearsing and performing, participants will also take part in games and fun activities designed to develop their confidence and self-expression.

Each week will follow a different theme.
 
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Cost: £150 per week (including lunch)

There will be lots of fun learning and developing gymnastics skills and abilities during this week long course. Jumps, balances and shapes will be perfected before moving on to agilities such as forward, backwards and side rolls, handstands and cartwheels. Daily strength and conditioning sessions will help develop the perequisite core strengths and participants will also llearn how to springboard, progress on to trampette and vaulting during the course. By the end of the week, participants should be able to perform a floor routine that combines travel, agilities, jumps and balances and simple vaults.

Gymnastics will take place during the morning. In the afternoon, participants will join the Super Stars Multi Sports course (details can be found above).
 
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