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 Chemistry in the City

Early this term Senior Chemistry students had the chance to develop their practical skills by attending workshops at CSIRO in Brisbane. Students performed experiments and learned skills which enabled them to isolate DNA, genetically modify and grow bacteria and to analyse, refine and separate substances. They employed techniques used in Industrial Chemistry and Genetic Engineering. As well as developing these skills, this experience allowed them to explore possible study and career opportunities for the future.

Thanks very much to Ms Lima and Mrs. Perry for giving up your valuable time to help us have such a great day.


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XCATs Victorious!


Xavier Chemical Analysis Teams

Once again Xavier was represented by four teams at the RACI National Chemical Analysis Competition South East region event. This year students competed at the Queensland University of Technology venue. Students worked in teams of three and had the task of determining the concentration of an acid using titration techniques. The clowder of XCATs have been training for months for this event.

XCATs for 2014 were: 
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Team One

Ellie Hopgood, Jess Louth and Giorgia Kilpatrick

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Team Uno

Daniel Willis, Conor McMahon and

Alex Newtonaniel Willis, Conor McMahon and Alex Newton

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Team Prime

Sean Barnes, Emma Wade and Alliott Simmons

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Team Alpha

Taryn Miles-Polit, Mallory Tuche and Dom Merrett



The 2014 Xavier XCATs team achieved the best results ever with all students achieving an award.

4 High Distinctions:  Dom Merrett, Emma Wade, Daniel Willis, Alex Newton

3 Distinctions: Mallory Tuche, Giorgia Kilpatrick, Conor McMahon

Credit: Alliott Simmons

4 Competent: Ellie Hopgood, Sean Barnes, Taryn Miles Polit and Jess Louth


Team Uno were victorious, achieving a FIRST place at the competition and the best result from a Xavier team in the six years we have been attending the competition. Team Alpha’s fantastic effort was rewarded with THIRD place. Team Uno has qualified for the National finals which will involve a more complicated titration and will be held at the University of Queensland in October. They will be starting to train for this soon. We wish them all the very best for their preparation and the National FINALS competition.

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After the event students celebrated with a game of Laser tag and were the COOLEST Cats in Brisbane on the Ice at Boondall.

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We are very grateful for the expert driving and wonderful support of Miss Murtagh, who gave up her weekend to help us. The XCATs are also extremely thankful of the fantastic efforts of the very busy but extremely efficient Mrs. Perry for preparing all the materials needed for our training.

Students in year 10 and 11 who study Chemistry in senior in 2015 are encouraged to try out next year for the team.

Congratulations to all the team: 2014 The Year of the Mighty XCats!!!!