University Senior College
celebrates 20 years
University Senior College is an independent secondary school with a strong learning culture driven by passionate and inspirational teachers.
Founded in 2002, University Senior College is a significant feeder school to the university sector in South Australia. University Senior College is an adult learning environment for Years 10 to 12 students that has access to The University of Adelaide’s facilities. Our graduates are ready to succeed at University, and become leaders in their field. If you are a student at University Senior College, you are challenged to be a creative critical thinker, building skills in resilience and innovation.
University Senior College has established itself as a preferred choice among many senior students who want to continue their education at a highly regarded university. The idea originated with Mr Noel Guerin, who had worked in the tertiary sector and later became Principal of a Senior Secondary College at Eynesbury, Kingswood. Early in 2000, Noel Guerin approached the then Vice-Chancellor of The University of Adelaide with an innovative educational concept. The idea was to establish, within the university campus, a senior secondary school, where students might better manage the transition from secondary to tertiary. Noel Guerin knew that students really enjoyed the informal environment of the matriculation colleges, being able to address teachers by first names, not being forced to wear a uniform and the lack of commitments in sport and cocurricular activities. Most took the opportunity to take responsibility for themselves and many achieved results far beyond what they had previously managed.
Ms Jane Danvers was appointed as the foundation Principal of University Senior College and she, Noel and members of The University of Adelaide worked tirelessly to achieve the dream. Wednesday 30th January 2002 was an historic day for the inaugural students and staff of University Senior College.
In only four years, University Senior College had become an established College and was setting educational trends. Jane Danvers, foundation Principal, left University Senior College at the end of 2005 and Mr Bob Holloway was appointed the Principal of University Senior College from 2006-2017.
Ms Anita Zocchi was appointed Principal of University Senior College in 2017 and is the current Principal.
Today University Senior College continues to provide a flexible and exciting opportunity for students who require challenge and acceleration in a rigorous learning environment. Most importantly, University Senior College fosters an environment in which everyone wants to learn.