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Welcome to Star Activities & Kings Camps 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’ (4pm-6pm) 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 Ford and Clare Foreman
Star Activities Team

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We are delighted to introduce a new partner in providing the School's holiday activities this year - Kings Camps (kingscamps.org). Not to be conjused with any schools of the same name. Kings Camps are a separate charity with a track record of over three decades of providing quality activities across the country and, indeed, further afield. We have discussed their provision over a number of years and have been impressed by their similar outlook and ethos to our School.

Their mission is to 'Get Children Active, Having Fun and Learning Together' with their online reviews (Feefo) averaging 4.8 our of 5.

They provide for children aged 5 to 17 with older children having the opportunity to learn about sports coaching and develop leadership.

They will be providing four weeks of activities in 2022 with the provision reviewed afterwards for future years. There will be some differences, but we are confident that their expertise, approach, people and resources will complement and build upon the standards of the School's more direct provision. Please check them out and give them a chance to demonstrate their delivery of some excellent weeks' experience.

Mark Turner, Bursar
 

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To download a copy of the brochure, please click here
To book a course, please click here
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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: £120 per week (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.

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

*Those children who are already attending Birkenhead School Pre-Prep and are three years of age are also welcome in Little Stars

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


 

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Cost: £120 per week (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.

Each week, there will also be the opportunity to use School’s indoor climbing wall, guided by a specialist instructor.

 
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Cost: £160 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.

All ingredients are provided. Please bring a sealed container to take the tasty delights home in each day.

 
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Cost: £160 per week (including lunch)

Bring out the wild side in your little one as they spend the week being a Nature Detective, learning and exploring about wildlife like a budding David Attenborough. Over the week children will take part in fun activities in our many outdoor areas; from creating their own bird feeders to exploring our woodland area to identify leaves and insects with plenty of nature themed games and crafts along the way. Be prepared to get your hands muddy and have lots of fun!

Children should bring a coat and wellies as we will be visiting our Forest School throughout the week.


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Cost: £160 per week (including lunch)

Offering an exciting hands on opportunity for all children to experiment with a wide variety of creative materials and techniques, including printing, weaving, macramé, Fimo modelling sketching and much much more. This new course promises to be a fun filled week learning new skills and taking away a personal master craft everyday!


 

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Cost: £160 per week (including lunch)

The Magic Masterclass allows Rising Stars to learn some brilliant magic tricks that they can then go and show to their friends! They will learn some card and coin tricks, and tricks with some other weird and wonderful things! 

The course is open to anyone, whether they have had experience or not in performing magic tricks, and everyone will leave being able to perform some great magic!
 


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Cost: £160 per week (including lunch)


This week will be filled with exciting and energetic dance through a range of exciting workshops. Learn various styles such as; Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Commercial and more. Throughout the course those taking part will learn correct techniques along with strength & flexibility training from a specialist tutor. Participants will work on choreography towards a performance* on the Friday afternoon for friends & family. As well as learning choreography & technique participants will have chances to work on their own choreography & dance games enabling confidence & self-expression in dance.

*Providing guidelines allow for an indoor performance.



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Cost: £160 per week (including lunch)

A fun filled fiesta week, discovering all things Spanish. Children will learn a range of topics, from colours, numbers, greetings and useful phrases to exploring Spanish culture. Each day will be filled with fun activities and songs to reinforce knowledge, along with a taste of flamenco dancing. The week will end with a treat for the taste buds, with an opportunity to sample some Spanish delicacies.


 




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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 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

Groups will be divided by age and ability and lots of fun will be had whilst developing skills through active participation. Each session will progress into small sided team games. Climbing will also be offered during the week in sessions using the School’s indoor climbing wall, with a specialist tutor.

Cost: £120 per week (including lunch)
 

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Cost: £160 per week (including lunch)

This week will be filled with exciting and energetic dance through a range of exciting workshops. Learn various styles such as; Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Commercial and more. Throughout the course those taking part will learn correct techniques along with strength & flexibility training from a specialist tutor. Participants will work on choreography towards a performance* on the Friday afternoon for friends & family. As well as learning choreography & technique participants will have chances to work on their own choreography & dance games enabling confidence & self-expression in dance.

*Providing guidelines allow for an indoor performance

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Cost: £160 per week (including lunch)

Super Stars CSI 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 previous years will be set additional challenges through the week.
 
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Cost: £160 per week (including lunch)

Covering a wide range of two-dimensional and three-dimensional techniques this busy and varied course will allow students to experiment with a variety of materials before producing finished pieces. 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: £160 per week (including lunch)

Acting, voice work and dance/movement skills will be developed through a range of exciting workshops. Those taking part in the course will learn basic voice/singing techniques as well as enhancing their performance skills through creating their own stories, scenes and movement numbers with the support of our specialist tutor. The week will culminate in a performance showcase*, 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 theatre skills, confidence and self-expression.

*Providing guidelines allow for an indoor performance


 




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Cost: £160 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: £160 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.
 
 
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Cost: £260 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: £160 per week (including lunch)

Participants will take part in trampolining at Drill Grange Road West. Drill is a community-run sports centre providing a trampolining 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 will take place in the morning, in the afternoon participants will join the Superstars Multi Sports course.

Please note participants will need to attend by 9.30am each morning for trampolining and will be taken to Drill by minibus.
 

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Cost: £160 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.

For those who took the course last summer, there will be a continuation programme available, to build on what was covered last year.

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Cost: £160 per week (including lunch)

This course will look at how to design experiments to ensure fair testing. We will look at variables, control, collecting data and then communicating it. The investigations will include slime, playdoh, balloons, nappies, pasta, marshmallows and rockets to name a few. We have lots of fun along the way, and make lots of mess too!

Any returning Scientists from previous years will be set additional challenges through the week.
 
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To view the Star Activities brochure and full course listings, please click here