Activity Introduction

The Oasis - Haley and PaulQuick summary: Students examine Part 10 of THE OASIS and consider the support characters are provided and the traits of supportive adults. In small groups, students brainstorm the trusted adults in their lives and the qualities that make them trustworthy. Students then independently complete a Who, What, Why, How table to identify the important and supportive people in their lives. Lastly, students reflect on their chosen influential adult and write a script outlining a conversation they may have if they were approaching them for support.

Key ideas to explore: 

  • There are often a number of people who can help provide advice and support when challenges arise.
  • The role of a trusted adult in providing support and advice when helping a friend.
  • The decision-making and problem-solving skills required when taking action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and well being. 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Learning Area: Health and Physical Education

Content descriptions: 

  • Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089)
  • Examine the impact of changes and transitions on relationships (ACPPS090)
  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate options (including CPR and first aid) for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety and well being may be at short or long term risk (ACPPS091)
  • Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses (ACPPS094)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy, Personal and Social Capability.

Syllabus OutcomesPDHPE5.1, PDHPE5.3, PDHPE5.2, PDHPE5.6, PDHPE5.7, PDHPE5.8, PDHPE5.12, PDHPE5.15, PDHPE5.16, PDHPE5.11, PDHPE5.13.

Topic: THE OASIS, Social Issues

Unit of work: THE OASIS – HPE

Time required: 60 minutes

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting websites/videos to the class and access to THE OASIS documentary on Vimeo. Trustworthy Adult mind map resource.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: House, home, homelessness, health, youth, THE OASIS, well being, conversation.

Acknowledgement: This resource has been adapted from ‘Teaching Social Issues Through English’ developed with English Teachers Association NSW and the  ‘Youth Homelessness Matters Resource’ developed by Janice Atkin. You can find these resources here.

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


Teacher Worksheet

The Oasis - TommyTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students will recognise that there are a number of people who can provide advice and support when they are faced with challenges. They understand that they should use the strategies that they are personally most comfortable with. Students understand the role of a trusted adult in providing support and advice when helping a friend who is facing challenges, and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills when taking action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and well being.

Teacher content information: This lesson is based on THE OASIS documentary, which raises awareness of youth homelessness, celebrates the resilience of young people who are experiencing homelessness in Australia and empowers the next generation of young people to take action to prevent youth homelessness in the future.

Young people often become homeless because of family breakdown, often stemming from parental conflicts or a collapse of their relationsh

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others" – Dali Lama

1. What qualities and traits do the supportive adults seen in THE OASIS clip below display?

THE OASIS - Part 10 (

2. In small groups, use the Trustworthy Adult mind map to list adults that a young person may go to for support as well as the qualities and traits that these adults generally have that make them trustworthy.

3. Having a network of trusted adults who you can go to for advice or support about your health and well being is really important when making healthy choices and decisions throughout your life. These people are also the people who can give advice about how to help a friend who is going through a tough time. Complete the chart below by recording up to 5 adults in your life that you would go to for support and how you see them as best supporting you and your friends.

Who do you include in your personal support network? Why have you identified this p
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