The Final Quarter is a documentary film that explores the story of Adam Goodes, a champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader who became a controversial figure in Australian sport due to racism and discrimination. This resource offers lessons for teachers to facilitate discussions on racism in sports using the film as a basis. The lessons aim to create a supportive and caring environment that promotes 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.