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 Fa​mily 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 wor​​ds 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.​​

Jagun

House Colour Origins

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

Environ​mental gifts include:

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

Canticle of Creation Connection

​​​​​​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

House Colour Origins

​​​'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.

Canticle of Creation Connection

All praise be yours, my Lord,
through Sister Water,
so useful, humble, precious
and pure.

​​Wimulli

House Colour Origins

​‘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.

Canticle of Creation C​​onnection

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.​

Yar​aay

House Colour Origins

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

Environmental gifts include:

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

Canticle of Creation C​​onnection

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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