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On Wednesday 6 March, USC students performed to a sold-out crowd for their performance in the Adelaide Fringe ‘USC Showcase’.

Directed by Lynn Jackson, USC Drama Teacher and supported by Dave Garwood, USC Music Teacher. It was a wonderful evening showcasing the talents of our students.

The evening was hosted Pele Kuipers, with Jonah Stewart tasked with Stage Manager Duties, performances included:

  • Faye Vlachos ”If I Ain’t Got You”, Alicia Keyes
  • Nick Wang “You and Me”, Yuki Matsui
  • Meg Pyecroft “Let’s Get It On”, Marvin Gaye
  • Millie Sandford “The World Turned While I Watched It” & “Move”, Original Poetry by Millie
  • Shaun Gunawardane “Perfect”,  Ed Sheeran
  • Emma Normington – Rhythmic Gymnastics demonstration, accompanied by “Stromae”
  • Luke Williams “Poker Face”, Lady Gaga.
  • Irini Saris “Stay” written by Ekko and Justin Parker, originally performed by Rihanna (accompanied by Dave Garwood)
  •  Hannah Wilkinson “The Heart Asks Pleasure First”, Michael Nyman
  •  Amber Washington “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”, Etta James
  •  Veronica Pene-Negrette – Original Dance Composition, Music – “7 Rings” Ariana Grande
  •  Isabella Chambers “La Vie en Rose”, Edith Piaf (accompanied by Dave Garwood)
  • Tim Rodrigues “Tarantella” by Albert Pieczonka, My Heart Will Go On by James Horner
  •  Harry Mill and Jeannie Day “Back To Black”, Amy Winehouse
  • Ruby Brown “Solidarity” (Poetry)
  • Amelia Hender “I’m Here”, From The Colour Purple, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray (accompanied by Dave Garwood)
  •  Hannah Wilkinson and Breanna LiebeltMedley from “Legend of Zelda” adapted by Hannah and Breanna
  •  Donna Reynold, Stacie Casoyla and Emily Rattigan Original Mashup, using “Best Part” by Daniel Caesar feat. H.E.R and “Vanilla Sundae” by Emily Burns
  •  Faye Vlachos, Amelia Hender, Nick Wang, Michael Jacobsen, Dave Garwood “Man in the Mirror”, Michael Jackson

Thank you to both students and staff who volunteered their time to not only put the show together but ensured the evening ran smoothly. The USC community is lucky to have you.

The USC Showcase was also a fitting farewell to the Charles Street campus, which will be closed from tomorrow as new classes commence at the new Gawler Place campus on Tuesday next week.

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Today, English students were treated with a guest speaker, Russell Schrale – General Manager of Marketing, Fundraising and Relationships for Cancer Council SA. Russell has a wealth of information from previous marketing and leadership roles with Zoos South Australia, Oxfam and ZEN Home Energy Systems bestowing him with a combination of both commercial and not for profit experience.
Russell shared his insights on the current English unit of Advertising language, Market Segmentation, and Communication. He shared advertising techniques with the students and how marketers identify and focus on a specific target audience
and how techniques are changing with modern digital data collection.
Russell explained the elements of communicating with the target market and honing in on the right key message with the right style of language to communicate effectively whilst providing case studies on successful projects he previously worked on.
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Students and staff from University Senior College, will banish their everyday hairdos and embrace a bald or colourful new look as they join forces to help beat blood cancer.

The school will be raising funds for the annual World’s Greatest Shave, joining 20,000 Australians taking part in the much-loved campaign to help beat blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. More than 100,000 Australians are currently living with blood cancers and another 35 Australians are diagnosed every day. Sadly, an Australian will lose their life to the disease every 41 minutes.

Schools and students all over the country are supporting the cause in 2019, and while many are choosing to shave all their hair, others will cut, colour or wax instead or sponsor their teachers and classmates. In total, 11 students and staff will participate and support the campaign at an event to be held at University Senior College, Johnson Lawns, the University of Adelaide on Wednesday 27 March at lunchtime.

Leukaemia Foundation CEO Bill Petch said support from schools and their students was integral to helping fund a future where blood cancer is no longer a death sentence in Australia. “These students are extraordinary young Australians who are helping others less fortunate than themselves, while often making the sacrifice to lose their beloved locks. It shows enormous bravery, resilience and empathy to shave their heads in support of someone living with a blood cancer.” Mr Petch said. “Schools are enormous supporters of World’s Greatest Shave in Australia and we thank all of the teachers, parents and students who support the campaign every year.”

Funds raised through World’s Greatest Shave is critical to help the Leukaemia Foundation continue to support all local families affected by blood cancer through advocating for equal access to new therapies and treatments as well as providing educational, emotional and practical support such as transport and accommodation, all at no cost. Acer and Nvoke are proud to support the Schools Challenge in 2019. Australia’s highest 3 fundraising schools will share in more than $70,000 worth of technology and school learning program awards.

To support the University Senior College team USC’s Dyeable Shaveables, you can donate online here>

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Seoan (Stephanie) Park has finished in the top 1% of the state by achieving an ATAR of 99.85. Stephanie has already secured a position in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide. Stephanie was also offered a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering via the USC’s Partner’s Pathway with the University […]

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USC Twin brothers Tyler & Riley Groome have both topped the state with their South Australian ATAR results, landing them both in the top 1% of the state. Riley secured an ATAR of 99.80 and Tyler secured an ATAR of 99.20. Riley also received merits in Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, and Physics in addition to […]

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Printed with approval from Ian Ng. Two years ago an old friend of mine, whose name isn’t worth mentioning once told me, “Don’t go to USC, it’s just a school for a bunch of try-hards and nerds.” It’s funny how wrong people can be sometimes. Today, I shake my head as I stand before the […]

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From the Principal Anita Zocchi 2018 has been another productive year at University Senior College. Staff and Council began the year by reflecting on education today and where it may lead in the future. As a consequence of that discussion, time was spent considering possible leadership structures for 2019 and beyond. As a result, a […]

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The Council continues to have high aspirations for USC and over the past 12 months has worked closely with Anita and her senior leadership team in making key strategic decisions to secure the future of the school in consolidating the recent trend of growth in school enrolments. In making these decisions, the Council have considered […]

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Lead Chemistry teacher, Glen Arthur is to be congratulated for being named one of the 25 State and Territory recipients of the 2018 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA), there were two recipients in South Australia. The NEiTA received more than 2,000 nominations for the awards this year, so this is truly an achievement. Glen […]

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Congratulations to University Senior College Year 11 students who participated in the 2018 Australian Science Olympiads. The Australian Science Olympiads are a national program for top performing secondary science students that culminate in the International Science Olympiads.  The program is a rewarding opportunity for year 10 and 11 students to extend themselves way beyond school science […]

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