University Senior College has begun the search for young individuals under 29, to nominate in their category for the 2019 Seven News Young Achiever Awards.

“Many young South Australians are passionate about learning to see the world differently, searching for innovation to create change that will shape our future. 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 and/or nationally; the young people who have ambition and seek to challenge the status quo, using their passions and skills to push the boundaries. We would be delighted to receive nominations from or on behalf of these amazing young individuals.” said Anita Zocchi, Principal, University Senior College.  

Nominations are now open in the following categories:

  • University Senior College Create Change Award
  • Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award
  • Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award
  • Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award
  • First National Real Estate Innovation Award
  • Scouts SA Leadership Award
  • Department of Human Services Aboriginal Achievement Award
  • Blackbocks Creative Achievement Award
  • The University of Adelaide STEM Award
  • Minister for Industry and Skills Outstanding Apprentice Award
  • Santos Regional Service Award

Category winners will each receive a $1,000 Award prize courtesy of Axsys, along with a $1,000 Bartercard account and a magnificent trophy. The South Australian Young Achiever of the Year 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 select ‘SA’ and then click the gold ‘Nominate Now’. Alternatively, make the process that much easier by calling the Young Achiever Awards team on 8132 0753 and they will take it from there.

Nominations close Thursday 13th December 2018, for assistance please feel free to contact:
Carmen Bishop
Director of Marketing & Community Relations
University Senior College
T: 8313 4988

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This past week our newest group of International students (July intake of the USC Intensive English Program) had a 2-day overnight camp. It started on Tuesday afternoon with a 90-minute session at Latitude (Greenacres) where the students and 3 adventurous staff climbed walls (rock-climbing style!), played trampoline basketball, did somersaults and bounced on the vast array of trampolines and did ‘sky-walk’. 


Then it was off to West Beach Caravan Park to ‘move in’ for the night, closely followed by food shopping at Harbour Town for supplies needed to cook our next two meals – dinner and breakfast!


After a good night’s sleep we ‘moved out’ and headed ‘into the Hills’ for a visit to Cleland Wildlife Park and then Hahndorf for lunch and a walk of its main street. Fortunately we were blessed with sunny weather both days and time to bond as a group as we progress through their semester long language program before the students progress to Yr11 in 2019.


The IE Team

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We are very fortunate to have highly accomplished researchers among our teaching staff. After prizes were awarded to students who attained a perfect score for the quiz, the RP day began with key teachers providing valuable insight into their research. Teachers also shared important research advice and tips.

USC is surrounded by exciting learning opportunities. Students attended tours at the State Library, Barr Smith Library, Thinclab and SAHMRI. Sophie commented “…the SAHMRI Tour was really interesting and I learnt about the possible careers that are involved, and it gave me a great insight into what I could achieve if I was to pursue this path”. Ali felt “The SAHMRI tour was an opportunity for us to gain an insight into state of the art scientific advancements, the tour also inspired us to be a part of the leading front in scientific development.

When not on tour students received valuable individual tuition from their Research Project teacher. Zoe commented that “Having a day to work on our research projects was amazing and really productive, especially with the tour opportunities to further enhance our knowledge about both research in general and our topics for the project. Overall it was a great and productive day.”

Maree Maney
Research Project Coordinator

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The Council of University Senior College is delighted to announce Mr Tim Agnew, currently Deputy Principal at Hume Anglican College in Victoria has been appointed as Deputy Principal for the College, beginning in 2019. Tim will replace Dr Murray Thompson in 2019, who signalled to the Council earlier this year his intention to retire at […]

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Today marked the 88th consultation that Australian Youth Representative to the UN, Amos Washington, has made since commencing his role in March this year.  The Youth Representative is the only role of its kind in Australia. The Youth Rep tours the country, collecting the views of young Australians on issues that are important to them. In […]

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On Wednesday the 6th of June and Thursday the 7th of June, Year 12 Drama students performed two plays: Blood Sister by Daniel Keene and Soldadera by Josephina Niggli.  Two very different plays, set in different times, about different people. At first glance, it might seem hard to make connections between the life of Kate […]

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This year the Year 12 Drama class will be presenting two one-act plays as their Group Production. “Blood Sister” by Daniel Keene tells the story of Kate Kelly, sister of Ned Kelly. After her brothers were killed, she started a new life; however, a chance encounter exposed her past and she spiralled into a bout […]

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  The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award Daniel Thorpe – represented by Travis Ranson (R) and Renee Tamblyn (R) – was announced as winner of The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award by Director of The Coffee Club, John Lazarou (L). Daniel Thorpe, 26 of Bowden is a composer and performer who is influenced by everything […]

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Thomas Brown has won the prestigious University Senior College Create Change Award in the 2018 Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards and was presented onstage by Anita Zocchi, Principal, University Senior College. Thomas won the Award from a strong field of nominees and was one of twelve category winners announced on Friday 11th May at Hilton […]

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Old Scholar Abbie Madden (2012) is the Artistic Director of Blindful, she created the company as a creative outlet and artistic venture to see what her body could achieve with limited sight. Abbie was born with congenital glaucoma so knows first hand what it is like living with a visual impairment. For some this might have been […]

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