USC Year 11 student Rory Adams attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music Five Week Summer Performance Program in Boston, USA in July this year on a full scholarship. This amazing opportunity allowed him to fully immerse himself in the college lifestyle taking classes in all aspects of music from the college professors. There were musicians from more than 70 countries for the summer of a lifetime with a focus on the musical environment that is pure performance.

Whilst participating in the program he auditioned to study post-school at the college and was also awarded a scholarship to their undergraduate program.

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Rory Adams at the Berklee College of Music. Photo credit: Kathryn Boucher Gutman

Artists who have previously participated in the Five Week Summer Program include Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainer and Imagine Dragons.

In addition to the performance opportunities that Rory had alongside talented instrumentalists and vocalists from all across the globe, the program also included studies in songwriting, music history, theory in performance, musicianship, vocal technique and performance skills.

Rory says “It was a chance to learn more about the world and how music is able to connect people of all different faiths and backgrounds.  I am extremely thankful for all the teachers and staff at USC for helping make this trip possible and for being so supportive in helping me catch up on the work I missed.”

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Congratulations on your success Rory.


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This year, 14 of our students participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition. We are pleased to announce that 9 students have obtained a Distinction and 5 have obtained a Credit.

This event was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Mathematics Competition in Australian Schools. Since this time it has served almost all Australian secondary schools, providing feedback and enrichment to schools and students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian Education Calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks, on the same day involving about 40 countries. It has become a truly international event, with countries throughout the Pacific and South East Asia, and some from even further afield taking part. The number of entrants in Australia alone in recent years has been of the order of 400,000.

The aims of the Competition are three-fold:

• to highlight the importance of mathematics as a curriculum subject

• to give students an opportunity to discover talent in mathematics

• to provide resources for the classroom and general discussion

The 75-minute competition contained 25 multiple-choice problems and 5 questions requiring a number answer. Calculators were not allowed. The problems ranged from easier in the beginning of the paper to more challenging at the end. All students receive a certificate or award commensurate with their performance.

Lisa Lanchester
Maths Teacher


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University Senior College has begun the search for young change makers who are making a difference in the community, to nominate for the University Senior College Create Change Award, part of the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards.

The University Senior College Create Change Award will recognise young people who are driving activities, programs and initiatives that promote or create change. The Create Change Award acknowledges and celebrates the commitment young people make in achieving or participating in positive activities that empower change locally, nationally and/or internationally; the young people who have ambition and seek to challenge the status quo, using their passions and skills to push the boundaries.

This award is open to both individuals or youth groups who are providing youth a platform and voice to discuss and stimulate ideas about innovative change in their local region and identifying pathways for change in the future. We would be delighted to receive nominations from or on behalf of young community contributors who are making their local community a better place to live.” said Anita Zocchi, University Senior College Principal.  

Nominations are now open in the following categories:

  • University Senior College Create Change Award
  • First National Real Estate Innovation Award
  • Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award
  • Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award
  • Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award
  • Scouts SA Leadership Award
  • Santos Regional Service Award
  • Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Aboriginal Achievement Award
  • Worldwide Sports Award
  • The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
  • The University of Adelaide STEM Award
  • WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award

Category winners will each receive a $1,000 Award prize courtesy of Axsys, along with a $1,000 Bartercard account and a trophy. One of the twelve winners will be chosen as the Premier’s Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year and will receive a State trophy, a further $2,000 from Axsys and an additional $1,000 Bartercard account plus a Hilton Hotels holiday package provided by Hilton Adelaide.

To submit a nomination, simply go online to and click ‘Nominate Now.’

Nominations close Friday 19th January 2018. For assistance please feel free to contact the Awards Office on 8132 0753 or email

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The Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards have been in existence since 1988, with the purpose of acknowledging, encouraging and promoting the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age. The Young Achiever Awards aim to encourage nominee’s positive energies, talents and creativity, which set a positive example to others.

For more informaiton about the University Senior College Create Change Award please contact:
Carmen Bishop
Director of Marketing & Community Relations
University Senior College
t. 08 8313 4988
m. 0422 885 409

View the 2017 Award Winners>>

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  USCOSA held a special general meeting on Monday 18 September 2017 at 6:00PM. Two members attended. Under USCOSA rule 14(a), no less than 20 USCOSA members constitutes a quorum. Accordingly, USCOSA did not transact any business at this meeting. Because we did not have a quorum, USCOSA rule 14(b) required us to adjourn the […]

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On Sunday 17 September was the 45th year of the iconic Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run, and the fourth year University Senior College has entered a school team. Congratulations to all students, staff, family members and friends who participated in the event.  The weather was ideal for running conditions. All who entered had a great run […]

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On Tuesday 19 September the University Senior College Mock Trial team won the 2017 South Australian Secondary Schools Mock Trial Competition. The Law Society of South Australia introduced the Mock Trial Competition to South Australian Secondary Schools in 1988. In its first year, the Competition had 36 teams from 32 schools across South Australia competing. […]

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Year 12 Chemistry students participated in the National Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Competition. Congratulations to the State and National Gold Medal Team: Revania Pillay, Zahrah Azman and Isla Heath, who also took out the Excellence Award for their team and for the school. The RACI titration competitions are designed to encourage those students who enjoy […]

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Year 11 Academic Scholarship Opportunities – Entry for 2019 Each year a limited number of academic scholarships are provided for students commencing full time studies at USC in Year 11. Academic scholarships to attend USC are highly competitive and range in value from 25% to full remission of tuition fees. These scholarships are awarded entirely […]

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Table bookings are now open for the 2017 USC Quiz Night.   For bookings please contact Carmen Bishop Email: Phone: 8313 8370

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Notice of special general meeting A special general meeting of the association will be held at Jordan Building, Kintore Avenue ADELAIDE SA 5000 on Monday 18 September at 6:00PM to consider the following matters: Amendments to the USCOSA rules. Business Proposal to amend rule 6.4(a) of the USCOSA Rules to: The Committee shall meet together […]

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