Xavier Flexi Schools Network
About this Network
EREA is committed to creating an environment in which the Safety wellbeing and participation of all children and young people are paramount.
Xavier Flexi Schools Network comprises of four separately registered Non State Schools: Townsville Flexible Learning Centre (125 young people), Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre (120 young people), Inala Flexible Learning Centre (75 young people) and The Centre Education Programme (120 young people). The numbers above reflect approximate enrolment numbers within the Flexible Learning Centres at any point.
Why the name Xavier? The name Xavier recognizes a great Saint of the Church, the enormous contribution of the Christian Brothers to education generally throughout Queensland and the vision and courage of the Brothers to respond to the contemporary needs of young people disenfranchised from education. St Francis Xavier was the patron Saint of the former Christian Brothers Queensland province. St Francis Xavier (1505-1552) was born in Spain and was co-founder of the Jesuits, a teacher and a missionary in India, Indonesia, China and Japan. Following this inspiration, it was in Queensland where the Brothers travelled long distances and worked, at one time, from the South East corner and throughout regional Queensland in more than thirty schools. It was the Xavier Province that commenced The Centre Education Programme in 1987 and started four more Flexible Learning Centres in 2006 before the commencement of Edmund Rice Education Australia in 2007.
The aim of the Flexible Learning Centres (FLCs) is to respond to the complex needs of young people who have been marginalised from mainstream education. Each school achieves its aim by building honest and authentic relationships with young people and their families, supporting and celebrating the uniqueness and dignity of each individual young person. FLCs provide holistic learning experiences that address the social needs of young people and promote their emotional, cognitive, spiritual and academic development.
The purpose of the learning experiences is to empower young people to take personal responsibility for their actions and learning, achieve greater autonomy and self-reliance and to engage in the transition to further education and/or employment.
Today the Xavier Flexi Schools Network caters for over 400 students (aged between 12 and 20 years of age) offering them an exciting and diversified curriculum designed to encourage and support re-engagement with the education system and connection to this community.
Network Team Contact
Lavalla Centre 58 Fernberg Road Paddington QLD 4064
PO Box 1861, Milton QLD 4064
Principal – Michelle Kinnane – 07 3447 1020 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centre Education Programme – 07 3808 6800 email@example.com
Inala Flexible Learning Centre – 07 3548 5800 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre – 07 3447 9310 email@example.com
Townsville Flexible Learning Centre – 07 4724 9600 firstname.lastname@example.org