Fighting against Racism through Education.

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 Primary and Secondary resources 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.

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.

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

Watching the Film is an important unit. 

It is recommended that students have seen the film in its entirety before commencing specialist lessons. Our Watching the Film lessons are designed to support you in facilitating this process. 

Teacher Preparation

It is essential that teachers watch The Final Quarter documentary in full before showing it to students. There are many themes, concepts and events in the film that teachers need to be aware of and reflect upon so that they can provide sufficient safety and support for students. 

Available free with ClickVIew subscription at the film website 

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

Watching the Film
– Years 5 to 12

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

Exposing Truth. Embracing Diversity – Years 5 & 6

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

Building Respect
– Years 5 to 12

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

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Secondary Schools:
Years 7 to 12 specialist units

Racism And Responsibility
– HPE – Years 7 & 8

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

Racism In Sport
– HPE – Years 9 & 10

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

Building Respect
Social Action – Years 5 to 12

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

Australian Values
– Civ & Cit – Year 7

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.

Being Australian
– Civ & Cit – Year 8

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

Media And Influence
– Civ & Cit – Year 9

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

Racism, Rights And Reconciliation
– Civ & Cit – Year 10

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

Assembling Archival Footage – Media Arts – Years 9 & 10

Investigates the archival documentary technique used in The Final Quarter.

Media Constructions
– English – Year 7

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

Mechanisms Of Power
– English – Year 9

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

Purposeful Language
– English – Year 8

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

White Privilege
– English – Year 10

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

Composing For Film
– Music – Years 7 to 10

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

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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.


With Thanks to Our Partners

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