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VIETNAM VETERANS IN HISTORIC GATHERING
Pictured here are 14 Vietnam veterans - 13 former students of Parade College, together with long-serving former Parade teacher John Joss – at a recent reunion luncheon hosted by the Old Paradians’ Association in the Frank Mount Social room at the Garvey Oval.
The veterans, standing from left to right, are Michael Prendergast, Paul Vaughan, Wally Magalas, David Millie MBE, Alan Hodges, John Sonneveld, Russ James, Robert Lewis, John Joss, Paul McCrohan and Ian Dunn.
Seated from left to right are Dan McCrohan, Edward Heffernan and Kevin Pilkington.Read full article...
OLD PARADIANS TO GATHER AT DAWN SERVICE
The Old Paradians’ Association is encouraging students of Parade College both past and present, together with other interested parties of the College network, to gather at the annual Dawn Service at Simpson Barracks, Macleod, on Anzac Day (Saturday, April 25).
On this the Centenary of the Gallipoli Landing, the Association will be represented at the Service in acknowledgment of the 29 former students who gave their lives in World War I, together with the 34 Old Boys who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II - and to honour of the many hundreds of Old Paradians who served in both wars and in other conflicts - Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, The Gulf, East Timor, Iraq, Solomon Islands, Middle East, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico, who will be in attendance, said that the Dawn Service would enable Parade’s own to acknowledge the sacrifices made by all those in wartime, including those once connected with the College.Read full article...
CAN YOU HELP AN OP IN VANUATU?
Imagine you return from the coming Easter break to find most of your school buildings destroyed; resources and equipment severely damaged and strewn around the property; and what few furnishings are still in place effectively ruined by exposure to torrential rain.
That’s the scene that confronted 90 per cent of principals in Vanuatu following the destructive visit of Cyclone Pam earlier this month – amongst them the Old Paradian Paul Hetyey (1968), principal of the Central School in Port Vila.
While Paul’s was one of the few schools to emerge with some buildings left intact, Central School’s library roof was blown away and precious resources destroyed by the heavy rains as the picture shows. That is why Paul is seeking the assistance of the Parade community and the Old Paradians - not just for his school but for all schools in Vanuatu - and has offered to coordinate the distribution of donations.Read full article...
LEASE EXPRESS - OPERATING ON KEY CORE VALUES
Lou Viola is charged with the enormous responsibility of overseeing the national business development operations of Lease Express. The company is headed up by the Moore brothers John and Peter of the class of 1954 who, like Lou, are Old Paradians - as is the organisation’s Glen Prendergast, a final year student of the class of 1999.
For Lou, who completed his schooling at the College some 40 years ago next year, that’s a beautiful accident. As he said: “There’s a great Parade network here, but it is just a fluke”.
“I’ve known John Moore for close to 30 years through his younger brother Ron who attended Parade in Alphington,” Lou said. “Ron and I worked together, we were work colleagues, and through him I got to know John.”Read full article...
PARADE BREAKS DECADE-LONG ATHS DROUGHT
After 12 years of dominance by St. Bernard’s in Division 1 athletics, the Old Collegians’ Shield will have a new home for 2015, with Parade’s athletics squad recording a recent breakthrough victory at Lakeside Stadium.
Parade was forced to rebuild after being relegated to Division 2 back in 2009, but has progressively improved and developed its athletes since. In 2012, the team narrowly missed winning the Division 1 title after finishing an excruciating half a point behind St. Bernard’s. Those turbulent years inspired team members to greater heights (and times!), as they helped Parade record its first win since joint victory in 1992.
Parade also took out the Junior and Senior Cups in the Section Awards.
MICK'S WELL-EARNED MOMENT IN THE SUN
Completing the massive 12-month turnaround from last to first, the Vics have ground out a Shield-winning draw against Western Australia in the 2014/15 final . . . and sharing the spoils with Cricket Victoria General Manager of Cricket Shaun Graf, outgoing Victorian Coach Greg Shipperd and said Shield is Old Paradian Mick Lewis (1991), now the Bushrangers’ resident bowling coach.
Born in neighbouring Greensborough in 1974, Michael Llewellyn Lewis’s early years were actually spent in regional Victoria. “The latest of the late bloomers” according to the Cricinfo blurb, he never made a junior state side and the Academy doesn’t even rate a line on his resume.
Born in neighbouring Greensborough in 1974, Michael Llewellyn Lewis’s early years were actually spent in regional Victoria. “The latest of the late bloomers” according to the Cricinfo blurb, he never made a junior state side and the Academy doesn’t even rate a line on his resume. “I came through a different path,” Mick was quoted saying. “At a younger age I wasn’t really that good at cricket to tell you the truth.”
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THE 49ers AND THE GAME THAT (ALMOST) CREATED HISTORY
On the eve of the opening round of the AFL season, Old Paradian Barry Hynes recently put pen to paper, to recount the events leading up to and including a famous match between CBC Parade’s 1st XVIII and the all-conquering St Patrick’s College Ballarat outfit in 1949.
Parade, for whom the likes of Tony Ongarello and the late Peter Venier chased leather, went within a whisker of inflicting St Pat’s first loss at 1st XVIII level since 1900.
For whatever reason, Ongarello does not feature in this team photo, but Barry, considered a “tall, slim, effective ruck, persistent, able to give and take bumps” according to The Paradian, can be seen on the immediate left of the late captain Peter Venier. Also featured are Owen Abrahams and Brian Turner, who, like “Onga” and another absentee Kevin “Whacker” O’Brien, would later make their names at senior League level. The following is Barry’s recollection of the big game involving St Pat’s and Parade’s fabled ’49ers on the afternoon of Sunday, July 24, 1949.Read full article...
40 YEARS ON, CLASS OF '75 TURNS IT ON
Former students of Parade College’s final year class of 1975 recently returned to the old stomping ground some 40 years after filing through the gates for the last time.
Thirty-seven former students (of a total of 227 who either completed or would have completed their final year of ’75) fronted up for the lively get-together in the Hickey Foyer, amongst them the ’75 College Captain Paul Johnston, whose late father Kevin and brother Peter are former Presidents of the Old Paradians’ Association. Current OPA President and ’74 College Captain Lewis Derrico was in the house, as was OPA Committeeman and ’69 College Captain Phil Carter, along with former teachers John Joss and Neville Colvin. Parade College Assistant Principal - Staff Welfare and Development Cate Livingston was also present.
Paul Johnston, when asked to share his overriding memories of his time at the College, replied that they all related to old mates with him in the room.Read full article...
ELNAZ' STORY - FROM PERSIA TO PARADE
One of the four touchstones of the charter by which Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition is bound is that of Inclusive Community.
The Inclusive Community touchstone reads as follows; “Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good”.
Parade College is bound by that charter and its touchstones - Inclusive Community included – which is why it accepted Elnaz Tavancheh, a young girl who fled the horrors of her home country, as the College’s first female student in more than 140 years.Read full article...
HUNDREDS TURN OUT FOR GAVIN NAILER
St Damian’s Church Bundoora was filled to capacity recently, with many from the Parade and Old Paradian communities farewelling Gavin Nailer.
Gavin, whose sons Paul and Stephen were final years students of the College in 1986 and ’87 respectively, died recently at the age of 74.
Gavin was the eldest of two sons of Herbert Owen Nailer and Gwendoline Lilian nee Magry. He was born in Kharagpur, a prominent industrial town in the Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal.Read full article...
LOU STICCA ADDRESSES OPA BUSINESS BREAKFAST
Tribal Sports Group Managing Director Lou Sticca has offered a fascinating insight into the development of soccer in Australia and the potential ramifications for other sporting codes, as Guest Speaker at the Old Paradians’ Association’s inaugural Business Breakfast for 2015.
Lou, a final year Parade College student of 1977, is a Licensed Player Agent and FIFA Match Agent with vast experience in football internationally. A passionate Carlton supporter, he was founder and CEO of Carlton Soccer Club, which competed in the Australian National Soccer League, and was also instrumental in building the football department of Sydney FC in its inaugural season of the A-League.
Pictured here (far left) at the conclusion of the Breakfast with Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico, Lou offered a fascinating insight into the game and the people within it, most notably Ange Postecoglou and Frank Lowy. He talked about issues of ethnicity within the game, and assessed this nation’s future prospects of staging the World Cup.The OPA Business Breakfast, which now boasts doceo as its Sponsor for the 2015 series, was convened in the George Harris Function Room at Ikon Park (formerly Visy Park), and attracted many Old Paradians in business.Read full article...
DOCEO ALIGNS WITH OPA THROUGH BUSINESS BREAKFAST
doceo, a software platform in performance management space, has aligned with the Old Paradians’ Association as sponsor of its series of Business Breakfasts for 2015.
doceo –whose Managing Director Wade Keenan is a final year Parade College student of 1994 – has committed to the three-breakfast series at Ikon Park (formerly Visy Park), Carlton North, on the Thursday mornings of March 12, May 21 and November 19 this year.
Taglined the “forward-looking performance management in the cloud,” doceo provides a platform assisting individuals, teams and organisations in closing the gap between ability and aspiration.Read full article...
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR WOMAN OF DISTINCTION
Established by the Old Paradians’ Association in its Centenary Year of 2014, the Woman of Distinction Award acknowledges those women who have contributed significantly to the cause of Parade College and/or the Association over many years.
The OPA’s inaugural Woman of Distinction Award recipient is the late Gizella Vermont (pictured), the former Parade Preparatory College Librarian and Art Teacher through an 18-year period from 1966 through to her retirement in 1984.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Woman of Distinction Award. These nominations are to be considered by the OPA Committee, which will recommend the Award winner at its April meeting. Nominations are to be submitted in writing by no later than April 13, to OPA CEO Tony De Bolfo – Tony.DeBolfo@parade.vic.edu.au with the 2015 Woman of Distinction Award recipient to be named at the OPA’s annual Ladies Luncheon at the RACV Melbourne Club on Wednesday, May 13.
ABRAHAMS' SEEK SUPPORT FOR TEAM EDIE
In July 2012, Old Paradian Owen Abrahams junior (1984) and his wife Trish established Team Edie to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Owen and Trish were prompted to do so after learning that their then five year-old daughter Edie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes is a life-long chronic disease that requires those affected like Edie (pictured here with Owen) to manage their blood glucose levels... 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. To manage this disease, a person with type 1 diabetes must draw blood via a lancet from their fingers at least four times a day and take up to four or more insulin injections a daily.
“Edie draws blood from her finger more than 10 times a day and she wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day,” Owen said. “This pump delivers a slow ‘drip’ of insulin all the time but we must give her extra insulin when she eats. For us as her parents, we must monitor her all day and overnight which means we get up at least once a night to draw blood from her finger and check her glucose . . . but a lot of the time it’s more.”Read full article...
A PROUD OLD PARADIAN WAS MUCH-LOVED PAUL
When young Ben Cotter fronted for his first day of school at Bundoora a little more than 12 months ago, beaming with pride was his beloved “Poppy” – the late Paul Windsor.
Paul died on February 16 this year after bravely battling a long illness. But the 69 year-old Old Paradian lived long enough to see his then 12 year-old grandson make his way through the Parade gates for what was his maiden appearance as a Year 7 student.
A final year Parade pupil of 1963, Paul had a deep affinity for both the College and the Old Paradians’ Amateur Football Club. In turn, the many College footballers who joined the Old Paradians’ ranks through the 1980s and ’90s remember Paul as an engaging, fun-loving character with a raucous laugh who selflessly served the club as its statistician and its timekeeper.Read full article...
PETER VENIER - A FAMILY'S TRIBUTE
The late Peter Venier was a much-admired and respected Old Paradian.
Peter, who died two days before Christmas at the age of 83, was a regular at the Old Paradians’ Monthly Luncheons, maintaining his association with Parade since his schooldays of the mid-late 1940s.
A tribute recently paid to Peter (pictured here in the light-coloured jacket with Patrick Whitehouse, Kevin Rickard and Henry Donald at the First XVIII captains gathering) touched on his renown as a prodigiously-gifted sportsman at Parade, but with the permission of his beloved wife Gemma, the following tribute to Peter’s life in totality, as paid by his five children, can now be reproduced as follows;Read full article...
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear fellow Old Paradian,
Over the Christmas break, I reflected on what had occurred through the course of the 2014 Old Paradians’ Centenary year. I have to admit that in the lead up, I was a little worried. There seemed to be so many functions scheduled for 2014, not the least of which was the Centenary Dinner itself.
But with the wonderful support of so many, the 100th anniversary celebrations commenced and all too soon concluded.Read full article...
INCREDIBLE DISCOVERY OF OP'S DOG TAG
A dog tag belonging to World War II airman and Old Paradian Edward “Ted” Kenealy has been found in a field in Derbyshire, 70 years to the day after Kenealy and fellow crewmembers were blown out of the skies over Stuttgart.
Seventy year-old Englishman Jim Davies discovered the Flight Sergeant’s tag on the site of an old airfield in Foston, on October 19, 2014. Flight Sergeant Kenealy, of the RAAF’s 460 Squadron, lost his life at the age of 19 when the Lancaster bomber in which he was aboard as a rear gunner, went down on what was his third operation over Stuttgart, on the afternoon of October 19, 1944.
Those who also lost their lives aboard the bomber with Flight Sergeant Kenealy were Pilot Officer Captain Peter Fontaine, Bomb Aimer Flight Officer Charles Middleton, Air Wireless Operator Flight Sergeant George Newman, Flight Engineer Sergeant Arthur Chisman and Mid Upper Gunner Reginald Krutli.Read full article...
CENTENARY HIGHLIGHTS DINNER ON DVD
The Old Paradians’ Association’s recently-convened Centenary Dinner attracted 380 people to Melbourne’s RACV City Club, amongst them still photographers Reg Ryan and Enzo Tomasiello, together with video cameramen Renzo Beltrame and Rodney Prusa, who is also the College Archivist.
The stills have been in recent circulation, and now a brief video highlights package can be viewed at Old Paradians Cinema to the right of the homepage. A DVD of the entire evening’s events is currently in production, and advance orders of the DVD at $25 plus postage are now being taken by the Association’s Secretary Mirella Busso-Lee via Mirella.Busso-Lee@parade.vic.edu.au
For those present in the spectacular pillarless room on the night of the Centenary Dinner, the DVD is the perfect keepsake - particularly so considering that very little if any footage of Old Paradians’ Association’s happenings over the past 100 years actually exists. For those not a part of OPA history on October 17, the DVD offers a terrific record of a truly unique occasion in support of the Association’s cause.
LONDON CALLING! OPs' FIRST GLOBAL CHAPTER MEETS
The Prospect of Whitby Public House, an old time pub whose origins can be sourced to the Elizabethan era, recently served as the backdrop for an historic inaugural gathering of members of the OPA’s London chapter.
A healthy quota of ex-pat Aussies in the Old Dart, all bound by precious links with the old school, convened at the Prospect. They were called to order by Peter Wilson, a final year student of 1978, to talk Parade over a warm pint or three.
On hand were the following OPs, pictured here from left to right - Martin Coyle (1990), Damian Wilson (College Captain 1982), Christopher Ecclestone (1978), Brayden Geary (College Captain 2004), Jonathan Cicutto (2004) Brendan O’Leary (1980), Craig Sandford (1985) and Mr Wilson, with Mick Reid (1981) working the video camera for this historic gathering.Read full article...
OPA HONOUR BOARD RETURNS
After six years in storage, the Old Paradians’ Association Honour Board has made its triumphant return to the Hickey Foyer, on the eve of the association’s much-anticipated Centenary Dinner.
Resplendent in its new French-polish, and carrying the names of all Association office bearers to the present, the board has been rehung on the southside wall of the foyer - scene of so many final-year College reunions at the Bundoora campus in recent times.
Parade archivist Rodney Prusa (1981) oversaw the restoration of the board, which had suffered damage over the 70 years of its estimated existence. Rodney undertook the refurbishment of the signwriting after the board had been stripped and repolished, reproducing the original title in gold leaf and updating the list of officer bearers in a more condensed format. “It’s heartening to see the names return to a place of honour in the College,” Rod said. “The benefit of the new format is that we can now cater for the names of Old Paradians who will take the Association forward for the next 100 years.”
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