The Final Quarter Curriculum Resources

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Cool Australia has produced 52 lessons designed for Years 5-12 that investigate racism, privilege, truth-telling, cultural pride, resilience, values and dignity.

We have consulted with experts in human rights, reconciliation and psychology to ensure these lessons promote emotional safety and cultural awareness.

These lessons are designed to support teachers and students in exploring the key themes of Australian documentary, THE FINAL QUARTER. This powerful film captures a period from 2013-2015 focusing on leading Sydney Swans AFL player Adam Goodes in the final years of his football career.

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Where to start: Watching the Film – Years 5 to 12

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Unit 1 – All Subjects

Use these age-appropriate lessons to guide your students through the process of viewing the film in its entirety.

Accessing the film

The film can be viewed
online or
schools can order a
DVD from our partners at
Shark Island Productions.

Follow Up Lessons: Working across the curriculum & forward planning

In these 52 lessons students will learn about taking responsibility for their words, actions and attitudes towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the importance of rejecting racism in all its forms. They will develop skills in active, conscious and reflective listening and communication, along with gaining an understanding of the Five Dimensions of Reconciliation. We strongly recommend each unit is delivered in the recommended sequence to achieve maximum impact and understanding of the concepts. 

Specialist lessons will achieve the best results when THE FINAL QUARTER documentary is introduced as a topic across the curriculum.

This requires planning among multiple teachers and across specialist streams. To help make planning easier you can access all the specialist units on this page. For ease of use we have organised this information in Primary and Secondary sections. To view more detail on relevant specialist units scroll down.

Primary Schools:

Years 5 & 6 curriculum

Use these age-appropriate lessons to guide your students through the process of viewing the film in its entirety.

Explores race relations in Australia and how formal and informal treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples impacts upon their sense of belonging.

Explores how to respectfully listen to and engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

Secondary Schools:

Years 7 to 12 specialist units

Investigates our individual and collective responsibility to address racism in the community, workplace and school.

Investigates different forms of racism and challenges us to interrogate and confront attitudes and behaviours. 

Explores how to respectfully listen to and engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

Explores how societal values are shaped and investigates the concepts of equity, equality and inclusion as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Explores what it means to be Australian, and how we express our individual and collective identities. 

Explores the power and influence of the Australian media and its responsibilities, including the broader public’s engagement with social media.

Explores injustices faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their rights and the continuing journey towards reconciliation.

Investigates the archival documentary technique used in The Final Quarter.

Considers how the media influences audience perspectives through the use of language and point of view.

An in-depth look at casual racism and racial vilification in Australia. 

Explores Australia’s sporting culture with a focus on race relations and cultural expression.

Explores how privilege operates in Australian society and encourages thinking about how to acknowledge and challenge white privilege to create a fairer society.

Looks at score and song writing, including analysing lyrics and musical elements.

About the Film

Adam Goodes is a champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader who became a lightning rod for an intense public debate and widespread media commentary that divided the nation.

During the last three years of his career, Goodes was named Australian of the Year, accused of staging for free kicks, and performed an on-field war dance celebration.

When the football crowds turned on him, the Brownlow medallist left his beloved game.

Director Ian Darling’s film is crafted using only archival footage aired at the time, which has been expertly edited. The result is a powerful film that holds a mirror to Australia and suggests we reconsider what happened on and off the football field.

Our expert team supporting content development

In developing the lessons it was critical that we had the input of a psychologist and expert groups to ensure these lessons promote emotional safety and cultural awareness. 

Our expert team included:

Tracy BentinPsychologist, MAPS; Grad Dip Applied Child Psych; BBSc (Hons).

Tracy Bentin is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist who has worked in the education sector since 1997. Tracy is passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of young people and her training and approach incorporates cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness skills, and interventions drawn from positive psychology research. Tracy enjoys supporting the educational, social, emotional, and mental health needs of young people and their families. Tracy works closely with parents and teachers to support young people with issues such as anxiety, learning needs, depression, confidence, and behavioural challenges. Tracy has a particular interest in emotional intelligence and supporting young people to develop skills and strategies that can assist them in being their best selves.

Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education (Reconciliation Australia)

Reconciliation in Education is a program for Reconciliation Australia that supports all schools and early learning services in Australia to develop environments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) is a word from the language of the Ngunnawal people, Traditional Owners of the land on which Reconciliation Australia’s Canberra office is located, meaning alive, wellbeing, coming together and peace.

Narragunnawali’s online platform is free to access and provides practical ways to introduce meaningful reconciliation initiatives in the classroom, around the school and with the community. Through the Narragunnawali platform, schools and early learning services can develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and teachers and educators can access professional learning and curriculum resources to support the implementation of reconciliation initiatives.

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory organisation, established by an act of Federal Parliament. They protect and promote human rights in Australia and internationally.

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