Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Retired AFL star Adam Goodes is known to many for his resilient journey in the face of detrimental treatment by AFL spectators and the media beginning in 2013.

In this lesson, students explore the complex nature of personal identity. They recognise and represent factors that influence their personal identity, developing a visual representation of themselves. They then explore their sense of belonging within a group (their class), developing a group cheer which acknowledges diversity within the group as well as creating a group bond. They will explore the importance of pride for minority groups within our society, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, exploring the significance of cultural celebrations for a group that has a history of oppression in our nation.

Students view excerpts from the acclaimed 2019 documentary, The Final Quarter, as a starting point to brainstorm health, safety and wellbeing in the context of sport, school and life. Students consider the impact of racist behaviour on wellbeing.

Using only archival footage aired at the time, The Final Quarter holds a mirror to Australia and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field. Learn more about the film here.

We highly recommend that students view the film in its entirety before participating in subsequent lessons.Our Watching the Film lessons are designed to support you in facilitating this process. Given the content, it is also important for teachers to communicate with parents and guardians of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students before playing the film and/or engaging with the teaching and learning resources. 

Note: This film may not be suitable for viewing by all young people. Teachers are advised to use their discretion when deciding whether to show this film. If teaching in a context with a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, it is imperative that guidance is sought from the Principal and Aboriginal Education Officer (or equivalent) prior to screening the film.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand how identity is formed and that it is influenced by a range of things.
  • Students understand that they can have an impact on the formation of others’ identities.
  • Students understand that society is diverse and regard diversity positively.
  • Students understand that pride in one’s culture is important to expressing one’s identity, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

21st century skills: 

CommunicatingCommunity EngagementCultural UnderstandingEmpathyEthical UnderstandingFlexibilitySocial SkillsTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Years 5 & 6 Health and Physical Education:

  • Examine how identities are influenced by people and places (ACPPS051)
  • Recognise how media and important people in the community influence personal attitudes, beliefs, decisions and behaviours (ACPPS057)
  • Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community (ACPPS060)
  • Manipulate and modify elements of effort, space, time, objects and people to perform movement sequences (ACPMP065)
  • Participate in physical activities from their own and others’ cultures, and examine how involvement creates community connections and intercultural understanding (ACPMP066)

Syllabus outcomes: DMS3.2, GSS3.8, GDS3.9, GYS3.10, IRS3.11, MOS3.4

General capabilities: Literacy, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding, Intercultural Understanding

Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures (OI.1, OI.5, OI.9)

Relevant parts of Years 5 & 6 HPE achievement standards: 

Students explain the influence of people and places on identities. They recognise the influence of emotions on behaviours and discuss factors that influence how people interact. They describe their own and others’ contributions to health, physical activity, safety and wellbeing. They examine how physical activity, celebrating diversity and connecting to the environment support community wellbeing and cultural understanding. Students demonstrate fair play and skills to work collaboratively. They apply the elements of movement when composing and performing movement sequences.

Topic: Learning Through Film, Indigenous Education, Social Issues. 

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work: The Final Quarter – Exposing Truth. Embracing Diversity – Years 5 & 6

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – some students may require support to view themselves objectively, others may require support to participate in group activities.

Resources required:

Keywords: Indigenous, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, race, resilience, sport, Adam Goodes, The Final Quarter, documentary, AFL, racism, bullying, inclusion, identity, belonging, team, self, group, diversity, connection, community, nation, society, pride, acknowledgement.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students understand...

  • ... how identity is formed and that it is influenced by a range of things.
  • ... that they can have an impact on the formation of others’ identities.
  • ... that society is diverse and regard diversity positively.
  • ... that pride in one's culture is important to expressing one's identity, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … explain and present influences on the development of their own identity.
  • … identify how the reactions of others may influence how someone feels about and expresses their identity.
  • … describe the presence of diversity within cultural or community groups.

Teacher content information:

This lesson will be centred around the acclaimed 2019 documentary, The Final Quarter. This film explores the detrimental treatment of AFL star Adam Goodes and the media and community responses. An Aboriginal player, and number 37 for the Sydne

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: "We want to walk with you, we don't want to walk alone." ~ Pastor Doug Nicholls

1. Watch this clip from The Final Quarter:

War Cry - short (

2. Watch this video:

Importance of Indigenous Round (

3. Watch this video:

Wellbeing for Children: Identity and Values (


Write your answers to the following questions:

How does it feel to display a representation of your identity?




Why is it important to have opportunities to personally represent your own identity, and what factors can contribute to the misrepresentation of identity?




How does it feel to be included as part of a group?

Do all members of a particular group share the same identity?

Do you think the opportunity to show pride in culture and identity is even more important for particular groups of people who have been treated unfairly in

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