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College Family Groups

The Family Group system is a key structure in promoting the pastoral life of the College. At St Francis College we have four Family Groups: Jagun, Kurrawa, Wimulli and Yaraay.

The Family Group names were borrowed, with permission, from the languages of the traditional owners of the land covering South East Queensland, the Yugambeh and Yuggera people.

The names also refer to words and concepts in the “Canticle of Creation” written by St Francis and reflect our understanding of Francis’ teachings around the sacredness of the environment.

Each Family Group name is also connected to a colour and a season.

Family Groups are used in various ways: 

  • Pastoral Classes
  • Student Leadership for Years 7-12
  • Major College Events (e.g., Sporting Carnivals)
  • Cool Connections Activities.

​FAMILY GROUP

​HOUSE COLOUR ORIGINS

 CANTICLE OF CREATION
CONNECTION​
JAGUN​

'Jagun' comes from the local indigenous language meaning the ‘earth’ and is represented by the colour green. It is associated with the season of spring.​

Environmental gifts include:

  • The green growth
  • The flowers blooming
  • The great trees.


All praise be yours, my Lord,

through Sister, Mother Earth,

who feeds us and governs us

and who produces varied fruits

with coloured flowers and herbs.

KURRAWA​

​​'Kurrawa’ comes from the local indigenous language meaning the ‘water’ and is represented by the colour blue. It is associated with the season of winter.

Environmental gifts include:

  • ​​The water that supports all - the rain, the rivers, the sea.

All praise be yours, my Lord,

through Sister Water,

so useful, humble, precious

and pure.

WIMULLI

​‘Wimulli' comes rom the local indigenous language meaning the ‘fire’ and is represented by the colour red. It is associated with the season of autumn.

Environmental gifts include:

  • The Flame that never dies
  • The spirit, the energy that flows through all.

All praise be yours, my Lord,

through Brother Fire,

through whom you light up the night.

How beautiful is He,

how playful, of power

and strength.

YARAAY

​‘Yaraay’ comes from the local indigenous language meaning the ‘sun’ and is represented by the colour gold. It is associated with the season of summer.

Environmental gifts include:

  • The Lion energy within
  • The wind beneath our wings
  • ​The pride, the honour in life.

All praise be yours, My Lord,

through all your creatures,

and especially my lord Brother Sun,

who brings the day;

and light you give us through him.

How beautiful is He,

how radiant in all his splendour!

Of you, Most High,

he bears the likeness.



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