Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson explores key themes showcased in the AFLW ‘Our Stories’ vlog-doc: ‘A New Hero – Sabrina Frederick-Traub’. Students view a clip that showcases Sabrina and her views on the value of respecting diversity. Students experience diversity through a peer-to-peer interview that illustrates a difference in viewpoints within the same classroom. They build a deeper understanding of diversity by sharing their own experiences of diversity and connect the experiences with how respect for diversity can contribute to people’s well-being. Students then work in groups to conduct an audit of the community and whether diversity is respected and supported in it.


This lesson has been developed in conjunction with the AFLW in celebration of the advancement of women in sport and the promotion of equal opportunity for all people in all facets of life.


Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the importance of diversity.
  • Students understand that recognition of diversity increases health and well-being.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Year 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate the impact of transitions and change on identities (ACPPS070)
  • Investigate and select strategies to promote health and wellbeing (ACPPS073

Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capacity.

Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 HPE achievement standards: Students apply personal and social skills to establish and maintain respectful relationships and promote safety, fair play and inclusivity. They demonstrate skills to make informed decisions, and propose and implement actions that promote their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.

Topic: Social Issues.

Unit of work: AFLW – HPE.

Time required: 60 min.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – printed, one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Diversity definition – display.

Keywords: AFLW, women’s football, diversity, equality, sameness, difference, health, well-being, physical education.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

© Cool Australia and the Australian Football League


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the importance of diversity.
  • Students understand that recognition of diversity increases health and well-being.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explain the concept of diversity.
  • ... apply their understanding of diversity to their school community.
  • ... explain the relationship between respect for diversity and health and well-being.


Teacher content information:

Creating the AFL Women's League | Jan Cooper

Without recognition women lose their history. They do these extraordinary things, and then they are forgotten and denied to ever have existed, so women keep reinventing the wheel.
– Dr. Marjorie Snyder, the Senior Director of Research at the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Introducing AFLW
In 2015, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan announced that the AFL would launch a national women’s competition, fast-tracking plans from 2020 to 2017. This wasn’t only a courageous moment fo

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

1. View 'A New Hero. Sabrina Frederick-Traub' Episode 3: 'New Heights in Footy' and read through the text associated with the clip.

Note: You will need to scroll down the webpage to find Episode 3: 'New Heights in Footy' and associated text. 

What are three things that Sabrina identifies as important to her in the video?

2.  Work with a partner and conduct the following interview with each other:
Q1 Who is your favourite singer or band?

Q2 What are the three most popular foods in your home?

Q3 Would you prefer to play soccer, netball or go for a swim?

Q4 What is the best place to go for a holiday and why?

Q5 What language do you prefer to speak and why?

3. What are three possible reasons for the different answers and opinions given to the interview questions? 

4. Community Diversity A

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