The Final Quarter logoAbout the Film

Adam Goodes is a champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader who became a lightning rod for 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, The Final Quarter, 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.

Advice for Teachers

These lessons have been prepared to support teachers in exploring the topic of racism in Australia, through the lens of The Final Quarter documentary. It is recommended that all of these lessons be delivered in sequence to achieve the highest possible impact and understanding of the concepts.

Cool Australia has worked with experts in reconciliation, human rights and psychology to ensure these lessons promote emotional safety and cultural awareness. It is highly recommended that these lessons are used in the context of having viewed the full film and that teachers use the Watching the Film lessons to guide that process. 

Creating a supportive and caring learning environment is key to the successful delivery of these resources. Promote a sense of belonging and respect in your classroom at the onset of all lessons to establish an environment that will nurture and support the psychological needs of all students. Offering emotional support in a sensitive manner to the whole class as well as individuals identified as at-risk will be a priority. Be especially mindful of, and sensitive to, students with a history of racism, bullying, mental health challenges, family and/or cultural dislocation and members of any minority groups.

Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. The Final Quarter – Responding To The Film – Years 7 & 8
    The Final Quarter – Responding To The Film – Years 7 & 8

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. The Final Quarter – Racism And Community Responsibility – HPE – Years 7 & 8
    The Final Quarter – Racism And Community Responsibility – HPE – Years 7 & 8
  2. The Final Quarter – Racism And Workplace Responsibility – HPE – Years 7 & 8
    The Final Quarter – Racism And Workplace Responsibility – HPE – Years 7 & 8
  3. The Final Quarter – Racism And School Responsibility – HPE – Years 7 & 8
    The Final Quarter – Racism And School Responsibility – HPE – Years 7 & 8

Considering Social Action

Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

  1. The Final Quarter – Listening To Community – Years 7-9
    The Final Quarter – Listening To Community – Years 7-9