Anita Zocchi

Anita Zocchi

As the new Principal to University Senior College since 1 July this year, I would like to share with you my impressions so far. I feel privileged to be the new Principal of such a dynamic and exciting school which is focused on learning for life and assisting students to reach their tertiary goals.

It is abundantly clear to me that USC is a school entirely focused on learning.

Every class I visit is engaged and it is plainly evident that students and staff work positively and collaboratively. As a person new to the school, a significant observation for me is that there is a pervading sense of mutual respect amongst our students and staff, an indicator of a healthy, vibrant and successful school.

Staff have spoken with me about their passion for learning and assisting the young people in our care and for the subjects in which they are specialists. Students have also spoken freely with me about why they have chosen USC and the way they feel challenged in their learning and comfortable in our unique learning environment.  Both staff and students have spoken about the school’s unique partnership with the University of Adelaide, where our students feel at home in a tertiary learning environment before they commence university studies.

I invite you to read more about our School and what it can offer young people, including our Partner’s Pathway with the University of Adelaide. Please contact us to take a Tour and learn more about our mission to unleash every students’ learning potential.

Anita Zocchi


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Ruby with Chief Justice Chris Kourakis

Ruby with Chief
Justice Chris Kourakis

Congratulations to Year 12 student Ruby Preece whose Research Project Outcome was published at the request of Chief Justice Chris Kourakis. Her outstanding work is now referred to as ‘The Ruby Preece Paper’.

Ruby researched ‘What are the possible contributing factors to the overrepresentation of Aboriginal youths in the South Australian Juvenile Justice system, and what initiatives can be implemented to assist in lowering this rate of overrepresentation?’. Ruby hopes to pursue a career in law. Her work shows a distinct value not just to herself, but to the wider community and is an example of how research can lead to potential improvements in peoples’ lives.

The paper is located here on the Courts SA website>

Maree Maney
Research Project Teacher

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Bob Holloway was one of the founding staff members of University Senior College and retired from his role as Principal at the end of June this year. He arrived at the conception stages of this exciting and innovative school and worked collegially with staff as the SACE Coordinator and teacher of Chemistry until he took the role of Principal in 2006.

Pictured left to right: Mr Bob Holloway, Principal (University Senior College); Professor Warren Bebbington, Vice Chancellor and President (University of Adelaide) and Mr Brian Cunningham (Chair of College Council)

Pictured left to right:
Mr Bob Holloway, Principal (University Senior College); Professor Warren Bebbington, previous Vice Chancellor and President (University of Adelaide) and Mr Brian Cunningham (Chair of College Council)

Those who ever spoke with Bob will know the unwavering passion he has to ensure students at USC have a unique and challenging senior secondary experience, leading to university entrance. Bob’s passion for USC has culminated in the school being considered as a leading light of senior secondary education in our state, and one which is recognised as providing a real and authentic pathway to university. An outcome of Bob’s work is that USC is one of the most successful feeder schools into the university sector in South Australia.

Under Bob’s leadership the Jordan building was developed; the curriculum was consolidated and many past scholars have taken positions around the world, leading learning and following inspirational career pathways. As a teacher, the students admired his expert knowledge in Chemistry, and as a leader in and of the school, students saw Bob as an inspirational mentor, heavily involved in the students successes and their achievement at USC and beyond. As a champion for the school, Bob advocated for USC in many forums, maintaining his belief that the USC model is a significant enabler for young people.

Bob Holloway with student

It was clearly evident in his professional life that Bob was passionate about learning and supporting students and staff, he led by example and showed the USC community, along with the wider community, that life is balanced when there are true passions and interest beyond the school door. Bob worked across educational sectors, sharing his expertise but also found time to support his family in their pursuits. These attributes are symbols of life long learning and someone who is interested in others and supporting people to be the best they can be.

On behalf of the school community I wish to sincerely thank Bob for his dedication, drive and passion for USC. The school is a leading light in education because of his work and vision.

We will continue to work in support of the students in our care and keep the ideals that built USC in the forefront of our work.


Thank you Bob Holloway.


Anita Zocchi


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Congratulations Zahra Pirvali, University Senior College Physics Teacher who was today selected at the recipient of the 2017 EXCELLENCE IN PHYSICS TEACHING AWARD by the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP). The Chair of the SA Branch of the AIP, Dr. Andrew D Mackinnon, stated  “Since 2015 we have put the nomination process into the hands of Physics students at […]

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Many of the Year 12 Legal Studies students have an ambition to study and work in law. One way to obtain an impression of what is involved is to engage in practical learning – the mock trial competition. To those students who wish to pursue a law and justice career, we introduce trial experience in […]

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In the midst of hectic Year 12 schedules, five maths students joined a workshop hosted by the University of Adelaide Maths and Science faculty, targeting and encouraging women to pursue courses and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Alicia, Amy, Emilia, Tam and Sarah spent the day listening to Professors from the University […]

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Year 12 Drama students performed Antigone by Jean Anouilh last week in the University of Adelaide’s Little Theatre. Based on the famous Greek tragedy by Sophocles, Antigone details the rebellion and martyrdom of the daughter of Oedipus Rex. Jean Anouilh was a French playwright and wrote his script in occupied France, as a pointed comment […]

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The Year 12 Economics class had a most interesting visitor recently. USC Old Scholar, Ed Carlson, graduated from USC five years ago and since then has spent some years working with Google in Sydney and recently returned to Adelaide with his own tech start-up. Ed spoke to the class of the arduous process involved in […]

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To all members of the USC Community At the end of June I will leave my position and hand over the leadership to Anita Zocchi. USC Council has made a wise choice in this appointment and Anita will bring a wealth of experience in educational leadership to USC that will enable ongoing growth in the […]

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