Over the summer holidays, we held two and half days of drama / music activities for siblings of Oakleigh pupils. 12 participants attended in total; 8 children / teenagers attended 2 days focused on siblings aged 5 – 14 years and 4 teenagers attended half a day focused on secondary aged siblings, aged 12 - 18 years old.

Younger Siblings Mandala creationsThe days utilised the creation or adaptation of stories to explore themes including; working together, sharing, inner strength, overcoming adversity and thinking about individual unique qualities. Participants played games and enacted their stories with and for one another, including an improvisation of the story; ‘Stone Soup’, which looked at the value of varied group contribution.

The younger siblings were given two segments to design, one to represent their special qualities and the second to represent qualities of their siblings. These were grouped together, into a single picture (called a Mandala). The older siblings created A Hero’s Journey, using a 12 part structure created by Joseph Campbell. These were shared, then brought to life through improvisation by their peers in the group.

Written feedback from individuals included enjoyment of “the acting”, “doing the play”, “ making new friends” and “getting to know other people’s sibling experiences”.