BENDIGO Senior Secondary College students got a helping hand in English on Tuesday, when former AFL footballer Phil Krakouer dropped by.
As part of the unit one English curriculum, year 11 students studied the play Krakouer, which depicts the lives of Aboriginal brothers and football stars, Phil and Jim Krakouer.
Students got to meet Mr Krakouer and learn a number of important life lessons about the importance of family, dealing with challenges and achieving goals.
Teacher Alan Boddy said this was the third year the school had studied the text and said having Mr Krakouer talk to the students helped them connect better with the play’s themes.
He said the students had the opportunity to ask Mr Krakouer questions and had benefited from the experience.
Mr Krakouer said while he did not make public presentations very often, he was “honoured” to speak to students at the college.
“This is a really important time of their lives,” he said.
“When you are at school you have nothing to worry about.”
He said it was important students set goals and strived to achieve those goals.
“You need to believe anything is possible and if you can’t get there one way then try another way, and stay cool like Lady Gaga,” he said.