About St Francis College
RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY 2014
The College is located in Logan City and 30% of the College’s enrolments come from 5 of the 8 most marginalised and disadvantaged suburban communities in Brisbane. This situation is marked by the College’s SES score of 88, the lowest of any Non-Government Secondary school in the greater Brisbane urban area. This social disadvantage has many impacts upon the College. It indicates that students attending the College are more likely to come from a background of poverty which can often determine their literacy levels compared to corresponding middle income schools where learning and reading are actively encouraged in the families. Due to the dislocation brought about by the poverty cycle, there is a higher percentage of students who present with behaviour issues that can interfere with their learning.
Of the student population of the College, 43% are identified as ‘English as Second Language’ students. The identified non-English languages of our students are Samoan, Tongan, Maori, Vietnamese, Hmong, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Khymer and Tagalog. We have 51 nations represented by the Parents and students of the College.
Equally diverse is the representation of Religious groups at St Francis College. The population is less than fifty percent Catholic as seen in the 2014 data and almost twenty five percent of families identifying as no religion or not stating a religion. The remaining population varies across year levels but includes multiple Christian denominations as well as Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.