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.