Congratulations USC Lead Chemistry Teacher, Glen Arthur who has been awarded an NGS Super Scholarship. Glen was one of three teachers nationally to be awarded the scholarship.

The NGS Super Scholarship Awards support the professional development of those in the independent education sector who strive to make a difference.

Glen has been committed to progressing science education in both the public and private sectors for over two decades. Glen’s work in classrooms and schools has highlighted the need to further his formal qualifications to have a relevant impact and establish credibility in the field, particularly in STEM curriculum development.

Glen plans to use his scholarship grant to pursue a post-graduate qualification in the area of STEM education, serving to formally document the innovation projects undertaken and share best practice with the community of educators across the sector and beyond.

Last year, Glen initiated a project to provide opportunities for students through an offline, self-funded project that focuses on the development of STEM skills through project-based learning. Glen hopes that, through formal avenues for study and research, he will be able to publish and share recognised findings from this project among a much wider audience of educators.


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On Tuesday 16 October, students and staff had an early morning start for the Australia Day Council ‘In Conversation with Change Makers’. With close 500 people in attendance, many were touched deeply by the personal stories shared by keynote speakers Corey White and Taryn Brumfitt and Australia Day Council award-winners Arman Abrahimzadeh and Sarah Gun. The inspiration and insight these advocates contributed have helped change the conversations about homelessness and family violence.

Students shared their thoughts and opinions about attending the breakfast.

A thought-provoking and inspiring event, which raised money for a good cause!” – Joaquin

The breakfast was a fantastic eye-opening experience which made me realize that I have the ability to help anyone. And, hearing people’s experiences with drug addiction, homelessness and abuse really made me want to make a difference.– Rachel

I think it was a valuable experience to hear from the presenters with powerful stories, it was inspiring to learn about how they devote themselves to making changes in society and helping others. Their talks have improved my understanding of homelessness and domestic violence, and made me feel that there is more I can do for people in need. – Yufei

Hutt St Centre
Homelessness can and does happen to anyone. Hutt St Centre is a place of hope and opportunity, helping people facing homelessness to rebuild their lives without judgement. Each year Hutt St Centre serves over 40,000 meals and offers social work and support services to nearly 2000 people. Showers, laundry facilities, visiting health professionals, recreation activities, education and training, legal aid and assistance with finding housing are all services provided to the many who visit Hutt St Centre each year.

To make a donation to Hutt St Centre, please visit:

Catherine House
‘In Conversation with change makers’ highlighted the complexities of homelessness, domestic violence and mental illness. This is something our clients struggle with on a daily basis. Raising awareness for these issues as well as supporting Catherine House means that we can continue to not only provide emergency accommodation and support, but to provide women with the time they need to recover, the tools they need to start rebuilding their lives and the confidence and belief in themselves to move forward.

To make a donation to Catherine House, please visit:

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Recently, USC Year 11 Legal Studies students, Mikayla Venning, Olivia Christie and Reuben Fernee, were privileged to attend the South Australian Secondary Schools State Constitutional Convention held at Parliament House, North Terrace. This year’s convention focused on the topic “Should the Commonwealth Parliament have specific powers to legislate for the environment?”

Participants heard perspectives on the issue from prominent South Australian legal experts. They also had the chance to participate in smaller group discussions before concluding the day with a robust debate on the topic in the State House of Assembly chamber.

These conventions have been held annually since 1995 and provide worthwhile opportunities for Year 11 students to hear about and discuss significant constitutional and governance issues. In the past, these programs have attracted a large amount of interest from many South Australian high schools.

Adrian Di-Nino
Legal Studies Teacher

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Congratulations USC Year 11 student, Amber Washington who won a number of awards at the 2018 SASTA Oliphant Science Awards, South Australia’s largest science competition. Amber won 1st prize in the Year 11/12 Games category for her board game “Chem-Mystery” that invites chemistry students to play detective and solve a mystery using experiments.  The idea for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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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