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“A PRIVILEGE AND HONOUR” SAYS BEDFORD
“A PRIVILEGE AND HONOUR” SAYS BEDFORD

OPs’ A GRADE CHAMPS OF ’66 CELEBRATE IN GRAND STYLE
OPs’ A GRADE CHAMPS OF ’66 CELEBRATE IN GRAND STYLE

OPA TURNS TO FITZROY IT FOR WEB UPGRADE
OPA TURNS TO FITZROY IT FOR WEB UPGRADE

BOOKINGS OPEN FOR OPA GOLF DAY
BOOKINGS OPEN FOR OPA GOLF DAY

South Melbourne’s 1970 Brownlow Medallist and dedicated Old Paradian Peter Bedford has described as “a privilege and honour” the opportunity to present the 2016 AFL Premiership trophy to the captain and coach of his former club pending a Swans victory. Since 2004, the AFL has invited a former great of the winning team to be on hand to present the premiership cup. This week the League confirmed that Peter (or former Footscray ruckman John Schultz in the event of a Western Bulldogs win) would complete the noble deed.

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity bestowed on me by the Swans – a privilege and honour,” said Peter in a text message to OPA Central.

Now 69, Peter played 178 games for South Melbourne between 1968-76 and 13 games for Victoria, being named as ruck rover in the club’s team of the century. He was South’s Best and Fairest in 1969, ’70 (the Brownlow year), ’71, ’73 and ’75; the club’s leading goalkicker in 1971, 1972; and 1973 and captain from 1973-76. He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

At League level, 1966 is remembered as THE year of the Saint. At Amateur level it’s remembered as yet another year of the OP – one of six Old Paradian A Grade Grand Final victories achieved through that halcyon period.

Fifty years ago this month, the Old Paradians team achieved one of its finest victories in winning the ’66 pennant. Fittingly the celebration of this wonderful milestone was the focus of the Old Paradians’ Association’s September luncheon at the RACV Club.

Pictured here is coach John Booth with surviving members of the team and family representatives of those now deceased after being presented with commemorative premiership medallions. From left to right is Peter Gordon, Anita Jones (daughter of the late Geoff Jones), Brendan Danaher, Eddie Murphy, Steve Weyman (son of the late Brian Weyman), Len Foster, John Booth, Tony Pickett, Graham Mansfield, Bernie Hart (son of the late Cliff Hart), John Tudor, Bernie O’Brien, Peter Peyton and Spence Williams.

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The Old Paradians’ Association has commissioned Fitzroy IT to redevelop its website and social media networks.

Fitzroy IT owner Tim Jenkinson and Business Development Manager Justin Kelly – both final year students of Parade’s class of 1998 - will oversee the intricate and often multi-layered IT and web needs of the OPA.

“Tim and I, along with our talented team, are extremely proud to be redeveloping the OPs website,” Justin said. “As old boys from ’98, we see huge potential in the site and are really excited about enabling Tony and the team to do exactly what they are so passionate about - helping OPs like us to reconnect. It’s more than just a project for us. It’s about becoming part of something bigger - a small part in a shared experience that spans a century.”

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If you're a golfer and up for the challenge, then pencil in Alphington’s Latrobe Golf Course for this year’s Old Paradians Golf Day on Monday, November 28.

Cost for the 18-hole affair is $100.00 which includes lunch, with tee off time at 7.00am as golfers vie for the coveted Peter J. Walker and Lou Arthur Memorial Trophies for individual and team aggregate respectively. Last year Frank Ryan, who took the Walker home, also featured amongst the team winners, with Bert Miles, Chris Chamberlain and Lou's son Vin Arthur.

Those interested in either playing or dining (or both) are urged to contact John Hodder on 0439 977639 or hodderja@Gmail.com

Old Paradian John Wegner (1967) has been presented with the Order of Australia at Sydney’s Government House as an Officer in the General Division. Now living in Enmore, John was so honoured for distinguished service to the performing arts as a world renowned operatic bass-baritone, and as an ambassador for the cultural reputation of Australia.

John received his award – the highest ranked civilian award presented on the day - from the Governor of New South Wales His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d).

In an email to his friend and Old Paradian committeeman Phil Carter, John explained that he and his wife Mignon were entitled to invite three guests to the ceremony – in this instance Len Amadio (who originally nominated John for the award and with whom he is pictured), Mignon’s cousin Helen and John’s niece and goddaughter Vanessa who captured photographs for posterity. ohn revealed that after the ceremony the Governor confided in him that he’d always wanted to be a singer, and that his wife was an opera fan who had seen him perform on stage.

Nathan Jones’s brave battle with melanoma has ended with his passing at the tender age of 41. But the Old Paradian’s capacity to inspire prevails for those whose great fortune it was to have met Nathan along the way.

Nathan completed his final year of schooling at Parade in 1993. Leighton (1994), Kalev (1998), Rhys (1999) and Reardon (2003) all followed in his footsteps, with sister Olivia a welcome inclusion to the band of brothers.

The College Captain of 1993 Kane Watson is amongst the many former students who are the better for knowing Nathan. (image, Manningham Leader)

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“It always annoys me when I see a report on the nightly news that a footballer has strained a hamstring when I’ve danced through with stress fractures in my feet. I can’t drop on a football field because I’m on a stage. The show must go on and I have to pretend everything’s all right.”

Francis Lawrence ponders the craft at a cafe by the bluestone cobbles of Melbourne’s iconic Degraves Street. At 29, and now headquartered in downtown New York, the one-time northern suburbs boy and Old Paradian of the class of 2004 is at the peak of his powers as a ballet dancer of world renown. A feted member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Francis is back home having accepted a contract with the Australian Ballet to perform in Nijinsky and Coppelia.

The following is a Q and A interview with Francis Lawrence on the afternoon of Monday, September 12, 2016. In it, Francis discusses the incredible physical and mental disciplines to which he has adhered for years to fulfil his lifelong ambition, and he reflects on the chances Parade gave him to dance all those years ago. (Image, Dance Theatre of Harlem)

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Patrick Cigognini completed his Year 12 at Parade College in 2012. Patrick’s father David, a final year student of the class of 1982, recently released the following statement;

“To any of Patrick’s friends, you may not be aware but Patrick passed away on the 2 September 2016. For those who would like to attend, a funeral service is being held at Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Kingsbury at 10am on Thursday, 15th September.

Our hearts grieve for the loss of our son . . . May he rest in peace”.

JOHN WEGNER HONOURED AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE
JOHN WEGNER HONOURED AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE

FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE TO NATHAN WITH FEELING
FRIENDS PAY TRIBUTE TO NATHAN WITH FEELING

LORD OF THE DANCE - FRANCIS' STORY
LORD OF THE DANCE - FRANCIS' STORY

REMEMBERING PATRICK CIGOGNINI
REMEMBERING PATRICK CIGOGNINI


AIDAN’S GIFT SHEDS LIGHT ON UNIQUE COLLEGE CONNECTION

With the 50th anniversary of the opening of Parade Bundoora looming, Year 8 student Aidan McElligott thought the timing right to hand over to the archive photographs of the campus’s first Principal Br. Bill Greening, which had been in the family’s keep for more than 40 years.

There are two photographs – an undated black and white image of Br. Greening and a lady believed to be his mother Iona; and a 1973 color portrait thought to have been taken within the grounds of the College.

The latter photo carries the following inscription; “To Mrs. Grimmer, With personal thanks and prayerful good wishes. From Brother Greening”

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CLASS OF 2006 TEN-YEAR REUNION – FRIDAY, NOV. 25

The official ten-year reunion of students who completed or would have completed Year 12 in 2006 has been confirmed for the evening of Friday, November 25. The reunion is to be held at The Post Office Hotel (229-231 Sydney Road, Coburg) which is operated by Danial Caneva - an Old Paradian of the class of ’96 and a noted brewer.

2006 College Captain Paul Hume has urged any student who was part of the group – particularly those who didn’t complete Year 12 – to make it along. “Reunions only come up around once every ten years. This is a great opportunity to get everyone together in the same room and catch up," Paul said. "We have a pretty close year level, a great bunch of guys, and it’ll be terrific to catch up, particularly at Danial’s pub.”

As most of the College’s contact details for students of 2006 are now outdated, former class members are urged to contact tony.debolfo@parade.vic.edu.au with their updated details prior to the reunion invitations being mailed out.

SUPPORT SOUGHT FOR HISTORIC WOMEN'S TEAM

The Old Paradians' Association Amateur Football Club is excited to announce the fielding of a women's football team for the first time in season 2017.

This team will cater for women from the ages of 16 and over to compete in a new Victorian Amateur Football Association women's competition (VAFA).

The VAFA women's competition is looking at: o 12 rounds with 3 finals o Playing on a Sunday afternoon ranging from 12 noon - 3pm o 20 minute quarters

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OPs SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Parade College Preston’s Year 11 VCAL students were privileged to hear from two prominent Old Paradians who were able to participate in its ‘Jobs Skills Day’. The focus of the day was employability skills, specifically the preparation of letters of application and development of the perfect resume.

Old Paradians President Lewis Derrico put on his human resources hat and passionately spoke of recruitment, planning for the job interview and what employers are seeking.

Another Old Paradian, Felice Stocco (1985), recently reconnected with his old school and in doing so also shared his valuable skills and experiences with the students, one with whom Felice is pictured here.

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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE CULTURE SAYS LEN

With David Boundy standing down as Senior coach, the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club has wasted no time in finding a successor – and party to the interview process is Len Villani (2002), who will assist President Mike Jolley and Football Operations manager Peter Gilmartin on the coaching sub-committee in finding the right man. And with applications closing on Sunday, September 11, the sub-committee has much to ponder.

“We have about eight official applications at this stage, with another three or four we’re talking to and another four we’re waiting to talk to because they are currently involved in finals,” said Len, currently the Talent Manager with TAC Cub club Eastern Ranges.

“The quality of candidates are exciting for the football club, as there are guys I’ve had a little bit to do with in work as well.”

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OP LANDS SERIES ROLE IN NEW NETFLIX COMEDY

Old Paradian Luke O’Sullivan (2009) has commenced filming for a recurring role in Netflix’s straight-to-series comedy Dear White People.

To quote www.australiansinfilm.org, the ten-part series is adapted from writer Justin Simien’s feature film of the same name, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent.

The series follows a diverse group of students as they navigate college life at a predominantly white Ivy League college. O’Sullivan is cast to play Connor, a theater major who becomes friends with one of the lead characters.

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VALE IAN NEWBEGIN

The untimely passing of Ian Newbegin, following the deaths of Paul Crowe and Bill Bottriell, means that three Parade teachers have been lost to the College community in the past few weeks.

Ian, who battled prostate cancer and was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the start of the year, died at the age of 70 on August 26, surrounded by his wife Jane and other members of his family.

He was, as those who remember him will attest, a colourful character blessed with a healthy sense of humour. Students of Parade through the late 1970s fondly recall Mr Newbegin for his distinctive zip-up cardigans and the old VW he once decorated with house paint. But there was much more to Ian Newbegin, as a former teaching colleague and current Old Paradians’ Association committeeman John Ramsdale reveals in the following tribute.

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CLASS OF '96 FRONTS IN FINE STYLE

More than 70 members of Parade’s class of 1996 recently gathered for their 20-year reunion, in what was a boisterous affair running well into the night.

Former students, including Adrian De Santis and Nick Di Fabio pictured here, heard from the then 1st XVIII Premiership captain Craig Caracella and later the College vice-captain Robert Rondinelli, who ably filled in for the 1996 captain Justin Hall.

The group also took advantage of the free wines so generously donated by one of their own, Andrew Pieri (aka “Friar Pieri”), now a winemaker at McLaren Vale.

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STUDENTS PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO THE VETERANS

The following article was prepared by Parade’s Year 11 students Francis Cao and Marc Chelini;

On Saturday 13 August, twelve Parade College students, along with Miss Stretch, spent their morning at the Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans Association’s Greensborough Memorial Service in remembrance of those who served Australia in the Vietnam War, especially for the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Before the service began, there was a real sense of community. Veterans and strangers alike were all welcoming to the Parade College students who also met with some Old Paradians. After a trade of stories and memories, the service began and the atmosphere shifted. (Image courtesy Liz Vagg for the RSL/Diamond Valley Vietnam Veterans)

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WOMEN OF PARADE CAPTIVATED BY ELNAZ'S STORY

The Old Paradians’ Association has acknowledged the substantial contributions to College life of its women, in hosting an inaugural high tea at Eltham’s Ballara Receptions.

An audience of 65 people recently gathered for the occasion, with each truly humbled and privileged to hear from the guest speaker Elnaz Tavancheh - the Iranian-born refugee who two years ago completed her VCE at Parade.

This image of Elnaz, flanked by Parade College Principal Dr Denis Moore and Br Mark O'Loughlin, appears courtesy Rachel Raucci, Imagine the Possibilities

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PHIL McLAUGHLIN HONOURED BY OPA

The Old Paradians’ Association has honoured the memory of its football club’s greatest player Phillip McLaughlin, in posthumously naming him an Honorary Old Paradian – on the same day David Boundy retired as the team’s coach after five seasons at the helm.

Phil’s son Phillip junior, daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Kathleen and Maureen McLaughlin, and grandchildren Declan, Eithne and Claire McLaughlin, attended a Luncheon in the Frank Mount Social Room at which Phil was so honoured. They are pictured here with Phil’s award on display.

Phil represented the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club in 185 matches between 1949 and 1961. A club captain in 1952-’56 and 1958-’59, Phil was also a dual club Best and Fairest in 1950 and ’51, dual GT Moore Medallist as B Section B & F, and a member of the Old Paradians’ 1951 and ’58 Premiership combinations.

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DAVID BOUNDY CALLS TIME ON HIS COACHING TENURE

A little under twelve months ago, David Boundy commandeered the Old Paradians to Division 2 Grand Final victory over Ivanhoe at Craigieburn.

At the Garvey on Saturday he again led the OPs from the ground triumphant against Ivanhoe, only this time for the last time, as news came through that despite the victory the team had not avoided relegation to D Section 2.

David was applauded by footballers and supporters alike as he left the ground at game's end, and commended for his contributions by captain Chris Kandilakis in the players’ rooms afterwards - on what was a significant occasion for the Old Paradians and the family of the late great former Old Paradian footballer Phil McLaughlin.

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VALE BILL BOTTRIELL, RESPECTED PARADE EDUCATOR

Less than a week after the untimely passing of Paul Crowe comes news of the death of another long-serving and respected Parade College figure, Bill Bottriell.

Bill died on Tuesday evening (August 16) after a short illness.

A loyal member of teaching staff, Bill’s association with Parade commenced in 1974 when he filled the position vacated by Mr. Ogilvie at the old Flowerdale campus.

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TRIBUTES FLOW FOR PAUL CROWE

The untimely passing of Paul Crowe has led to an outpouring of emotion within and beyond the gates of Parade College.

With preparations now underway for Paul’s funeral mass at Parade’s College Hall this Friday, August 19 (commencing 10am), and classes cancelled as a result, students, teachers and staff past and present have lovingly remembered Paul - a final-year student of 1973 and a 33-year member of the College’s teaching fraternity - whose brave 18-month battle with MND ended late last week.

News of the death of Paul - pictured here with his old students on a visit back to Bundoora last year - generated almost 70,000 views on the Old Paradians’ Association’s facebook page, and the tributes were universally generous.

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PARADE MOURNS PAUL CROWE'S PASSING

The teachers, staff and students of Parade College are mourning the loss of Paul Crowe, who died peacefully at his home on Thursday afternoon (August 11).

Eighteen months ago, Paul - an Old Paradian who completed his final year of schooling in 1973 at the Bundoora campus – took leave after more than 30 years as a teacher at Parade (primarily in the mathematics department), having been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Paul passed away just a few weeks short of his 61st birthday.

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OLD PARADIANS ACADEMY - DEVELOPING YOUNG FOOTBALL TALENT

The Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club is investing in local junior football development through its Academy program, the most recent of which was recently held over four sessions in July.

Targeted at Parade College students and members of local junior clubs, participants received theoretical and practical tuition on the fundamentals of the game. Taking charge as Academy Director was Adam Pattison, the former Richmond, St Kilda and Hawthorn player, and now TAC assistant coach. A final year student of Parade in 2003, Adam has returned to play with the Old Paradians’ in 2016.

“We were thrilled with the number of nominations received in our first year, from players ranging from under 14 to Colts age groups,” said Adam, pictured here with one of the Academy graduates Ryan Gleeson. “The level of engagement by players and parents was fantastic."

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ELNAZ TO TELL HER INCREDIBLE STORY AT OPA EVENT

“I would dearly love to give something back to the country that has given my mother and myself safety and a refuge from everything we feared back home”.

These are the words of 24 year-old Elnaz Tavancheh – a Northern Iranian-born Hazara refugee . . . and an Old Paradian.

On the morning of Friday, August 26, at an event convened by the Old Paradians’ Association, at Eltham’s Ballara Receptions, Elnaz Tavancheh has agreed to tell her truly incredible story of a journey that in so many ways is only just beginning. Elnaz’s not-to-be-missed address is central to the event - which acknowledges the contributions of the many, many women to Parade College life – and is open to everyone in the Parade community and beyond.

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CLASS OF '86 TOASTS HAPPY TIMES

Forty members of Parade’s final year class of 1986 converged on the College to celebrate their 30th anniversary reunion on Friday night (July 22).

The ’86 Captain John Tobin was in the house and shared his precious recollections of his Parade days with the audience. So too was fellow former student Adam Dale, the College’s only post-war Test cricketer. Stephen Philp, Gary Scott and Daniel La Rosa (pictured here) were also amongst the throng of old boys, who kicked on at the Frank Mount Social Room after the formalities were completed in the Hickey Foyer. Similarly, teachers past and present John Nicholls, John Ramsdale, Peter Rubira and Jim Seymour were amongst the revellers, who later belted out an impromptu version of the College song and the War Cry.

Amongst those who apologised for not being there was Frank Bongiorno, whose flight from Canberra was cancelled at the last minute, and Matt Day who wrote: “What did I get out of Parade? It is an interesting question to ponder (as) I do have good memories about a lot of things”. To view all images of the Class of '86 Reunion, go to the Image Galleries section to the left of this page.

OLD TEAMMATE PAYS TRIBUTE TO DON

This photograph was kindly forwarded to OPA Central by Ray Hangan, a member of the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club’s history-making Grand Final-winning team of 1951.

The photo, captioned “VAFA Dinner October 1951”, shows the late Don McDonald clasping the ’51 Premiership trophy in his right hand, with the B-Grade Premiership pennant providing the perfect backdrop.

Those featured in the image are from left to right: Alf Williams, Don, the President Lou Arthur, the captain Pat Scanlan, committeeman and goal umpire Ossie Meehan and the late great Phil McLaughlin, who is cradling the B & F trophy.

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A TRIBUTE TO BRIAN AND THE TRIDENTS

The recent passing of Brian Lyons has shed light on the incredible story of The Tridents – quite probably this nation’s first rock band whose members were Old Paradians. The tale has been told by Paul Power - a final year student of the class of 1957 - who wished to pay tribute to his old friend, who died on June 28 at the age of 74.

Paul recalled that Brian ended his time at Parade East Melbourne after what was then the equivalent of today’s Year 10, and that their paths first cross beyond the walls of the Old Bluestone Pile.

“I met Brian through the Irish connection,” Paul said. “He had three sisters who were Irish dancers, and we came together to learn the bagpipes. It was only then that we discovered that we were from the same school.”

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OP EARNS ROYAL PROMOTION

Joshua Puls, a final year Parade College student of 1990, has been promoted to the Royal Victorian Order, as conferred by the reigning monarch on those who have performed personal service for the sovereign, any member of his or her family, or any of his or her viceroys.

Joshua, the Executive Director, Cabinet Office, Victoria, earned the promotion to the order having served as Assistant Private Secretary (Commonwealth) to The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and, before that, as Assistant Official Secretary to the Governor of Victoria.

“I am incredibly humbled that the Queen has given me this honour. I never could have imagined when I was at school that one day I would be working at the Palace for The Prince of Wales. You never know where life will take you!”

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VALE JEAN FLYNN, MUCH ADMIRED WOMAN OF PARADE

The Old Paradians’ Association mourns the passing on Wednesday of Jean Flynn - a Life Member of the Parade College Ladies’ Auxiliary, Life Member of the OPAAFC and mother to four sons all schooled at the Bundoora Campus.

Jean was pictured here with OPA President Lewis Derrico and Elizabeth Stella when Elizabeth was named the Association’s 2016 recipient of its Woman of Distinction Award, at the Luncheon with the Ladies at Melbourne’s RACV City Club on Bourke Street.

Selfless and softly-spoken, Jean was long involved with the College in a myriad of activities from the mid-1970s, and with the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club from 1976 until the present. In the early days she and Marie Hammond ran the matchday canteen - an old purple and green caravan on the mound by the pocket at the Naughtin Oval.

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FIRST PICKETS IN AT COLLEGE END OF GARVEY OVAL

The first panel of pickets has been set into the hallowed Garvey Oval turf, as the week-long operation to beautify Parade College’s sporting showpiece continues.

The first of 250 PVC panels – each of which encases 13 white pickets - was set in concrete behind the goals at the College end of the Garvey - Plenty Road’s on-field home to Parade’s 1st XVIII and 1st XI teams, and the Old Paradians’ Association’s football and cricket clubs.

“The hardest thing is digging the holes and placing the support posts. It’s then a matter of just putting the bottom rail in, then your pickets and finally the top rail – a bit like building a giant Meccano set,” said Wayne Rowley of Polvin Fencing. “The top cap, what’s called a Windsor, actually protects the top of the pickets – whether pvc or steel – from being smashed off. Like the bottom cap, the top acts as reinforcement.”

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OPs TURN OUT FOR '86 PREMIERSHIP TRILOGY REUNION

Former players, officials and supporters who were part of one of the great eras of the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club have gathered to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first, reserve and Under 19 grade triple Premiership year of 1986.

Convened by the football club, more than 80 people – amongst them 15 of the 20 senior players who took to the field at Elsternwick Park in the B Section senior Grand Final versus Old Xaverians 30 years ago – turned out at the Kent Hotel in Carlton to relive past glories.

Master OF Ceremonies Graham Clarke called OPA President Mike Jolley to the podium to welcome those in the room and provide an update on current and future initiatives in the planning. He then called upon the ’86 senior captain Steve Exton to present medallions specially struck for all those who were involved in the three respective Premiership-winning teams of that stellar year. To view all images, go to the Image Galleries section to the left of this homepage.

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VALE JOHN PLUMRIDGE, PARADE SPORTING ICON

John Plumridge, a final year Parade College student of 1961 who represented South Melbourne in 12 senior matches between 1962 and ’63, has died peacefully in his sleep at home. He was 72.

An old College contemporary, the 67-game former Fitzroy footballer John Bahen, fondly remembered Plumridge from the old days at East Melbourne.

“I only spent a year or two with John at Parade before the brothers shipped me off to Kilmore – which turned out well I have to say – and he was a very, very good all-round sportsman,” Bahen said. “John and I knocked around a bit together, and he was very, very good at whatever he did in any field of sport – he was an all-rounder, a natural and a thorough gentleman even at the age when he and I were 14. He was very well-mannered and very well-respected.”

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BANKS BREKKY ADDRESS ATTRACTS OLD SCHOOLMATES

Members of Parade's Class of 1987 recently renewed acquaintance with their old schoolmate Paul Banks, when the latter officiated as guest speaker at the Old Paradians' Association Business Breakfast at Ikon Park.

Pictured here following Paul's speech in the George Harris Room are, from left to right, David Page, Matthew De Ionno, Paul and Gavin Pilkington.

Paul is is a dedicated businessman in property development and the advertising, communications and media industry. As Managing Director of Australia’s largest regionally-based advertising agency, Regional Reach Advertising, Paul's brief is to look after both national and multi-international clients who identify themselves with country Australia. To view images of the breakfast, go to the Image Galleries section to the left of this homepage.

VALE DR. JOHN GARLAND

Dr. John Garland, a final year student of Parade College in 1951, and believed to be the first Old Paradian to have practiced as a professional psychiatrist, has died suddenly at the age of 81.

John, who practised in psychiatry for many years at the Melbourne Clinic, is pictured at the far left with Old Paradians’ Association Hall of Fame inductee Kevin Rickard and a 1951 College contemporary Laurie Hudson, at the Association’s Centenary Dinner in late 2014.

Laurie’s friendship with John spanned almost 70 years. “I remember that I met him in ’47 at St Colman’s, whose classes carried a mixture of people from all over the joint. We had a bloke from Bacchus Marsh, I was from South Melbourne and John was from Surrey Hills,” Laurie said. “John was a great footballer and a champion schoolboy swimmer. He was clever, he was thoughtful and he was friendly, and these were traits evident in him from the early days.

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OPs ACKNOWLEDGED FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

Two Old Paradians, both final year students of the class of 1967, have been recognised in the most recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Professor Joseph Proietto (far left) was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his significant service to medicine in the field of endocrinology, particularly obesity and diabetes research, and as a clinician, educator and mentor.

John Wegner was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the performing arts as a world-renowned operatic bass-baritone, and as an ambassador for the cultural reputation of Australia.

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1ST XVIII READIES FOR PREMIERSHIP TILT

Parade’s 1st XVIII has won its way through to the ACC Grand Final for the first time since 2009.

The Paradians, to be led by their captain Jamison Shea (pictured recently in action here against Whitefriars), meets St Joseph’s Geelong at Elsternwick Park, Glenhuntly Road Elsternwick, commencing 2pm next Wednesday (June 15).

Seven years ago, the 1st XVIII team coached by Craig Seckold and Robert Peckham earned what was then Parade’s first Premiership since 1999 - ironically over Geelong - with what was reported in The Paradian as “an impressive display of tough, team-oriented footy”.

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VIETNAM VETERAN SILMAN HAPPILY RENEWS TIES

Ken Silman, an Old Paradian and Vietnam War veteran whose whereabouts were largely unknown for almost 50 years, has made contact with the association.

In doing so, Ken has alerted the Association to the fact that another Old Paradian Vietnam veteran, David Anthony Briggs Wallis, was one of 521 Australians killed in the war - and the last Victorian to die as a result of that conflict.

Now living in Ebden on the Murray Valley Highway in the Lake Hume region, Ken, who spent seven years as a student at Parade Preparatory College from 1956, responded to the association’s public call, which featured his Christmas message to family from Vietnam back in 1970.

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BEERS AMONGST GREATS IN RAISING A GLASS TO BRIAN

Pictured here is League football royalty – five former greats of the game, amongst them the loyal Old Paradian Brian Beers – who recently gathered in celebration of the 80th birthday of five-time Melbourne Premiership player Brian Dixon.

From left to right is the former Essendon and North footballer Barry Davis, the birthday boy himself B. Dixon esq., Melbourne’s legendary Ron Barassi, former Essendon footballer Hugh Mitchell, and Parade’s very own Mr. Beers – a feted member of Collingwood’s 1958 Grand Final-winning team which thwarted the Redlegs’ Premiership fourpeat. Collectively, these five men boast 1098 games experience through 69 seasons and eight clubs as players; with 17 Premierships and seven club Best and Fairests to show for their endeavours.

Brian, whose great interest in and passion for the relatively genteel pastime of tennis saw him plan for the game’s short, medium and long-term future as General Manager of Tennis Victoria, was also a welcome attendee to the recent 60-year reunion of the Class of 1956 at the Celtic Club.

PICKET FENCE TO CROWN GARVEY OVAL

The sporting jewel in Parade College’s crown – the Garvey Oval – will soon glisten like never before, with a picket fence to encase the hallowed turf by Plenty Road.

A total of 259 panels – each measuring 1.8 metres wide and consisting of 13 vertical pickets (3367 pickets in total) – are to be fitted around the home ground of both the 1st XVIII and Old Paradians’ Association’s football and cricket clubs over a week of the impending term holiday in late June.

The attached image offers an indication into how the Garvey will look upon completion of the installation of the pickets.

HERE'S TO THE GOOD FOLK OF THE CLASS OF '56

The 1st floor of Australia’s oldest surviving Irish watering hole the Celtic Club recently played host to a healthy gathering of final year Parade College students of the Melbourne Olympic year of 1956.

The healthy turnout of 37 students reflected the meticulous planning that went into the 60-year reunion, with Peter Roberts and Pat McNamara (pictured here) the drivers. Peter acted as MC at the event, and Pat delivered the keynote address, as images of the College and former students were screened on a powerpoint prepared by Paul Power.

Denis Stephenson also led the contingent in a rousing rendition of the College song whilst Kevin Rogan called on the group to belt out the War Cry for old time’s sake. (To view all images, click on the link at the Image Galleries section to the left of the homepage).

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CLASS OF ’66, VIETNAM VETS GATHER AT GARVEY

Thirty Old Boys of the class of 1966, together with 11 Paradians who later served in Vietnam, filed through the doors of the Frank Mount Social Room recently, for what was a well-patronised Luncheon prior to the Parade College v Whitefriars 1st XVIII match at the Garvey Oval.

In the presence of members of the College’s executive, the former students enjoyed a carvery roast as they heard from the College’s 1st XVIII captain and Coach Ben Turner pre-match. Regrettably the team fell 13 points short of Whitefriars at the final bell, but the match was well-received by all watching on, including Jeff Carter, who later presented the Old Paradians’ Association’s Phonse Kyne Award to Corey McKay for the team’s most courageous player afield.

In 1965, Carter, as Parade College 1st XVIII captain, was presented with the ’65 Best and Fairest Player Award at the Melbourne Town Hall by none other than Phonse Kyne - the final year Parade student of 1931 feted as one of the Collingwood Football Club’s true immortals. Following the Parade-Whitefriars contest, it was Geoff’s turn to do the honors. To view all images, go to the Image Galleries section to the left of this homepage.

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OPs LAUNCH JUNIOR FOOTBALL ACADEMY

The Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club (OPAAFC) is pleased to advise that it will be conducting a free Junior Development Program for young male and female footballers.

The program takes place at the Garvey Oval, commencing Monday July 11, with additional sessions on July 18, 20 and 25. Training commences at 4.30pm and concludes at approximately 6.00pm, with Parade College students involved in the program having the option of heading to the Garvey directly after school. The coaching director is Old Paradian Adam Pattison, who represented AFL clubs Richmond and St. Kilda in a 66-game senior League career. Adam is currently Head of Coaching with the Eastern Ranges U/15 and U/16 TAC Cup Development squads and an Assistant Coach with the Vic Metro U/18 National Championships team.

The OPAAFC Development Program is available to all young footballers, regardless of their club affiliation, at no cost. For further information, please contact the OPAAFC Football Operations Manager, Mr Peter Gilmartin on 0408 120 300.

PAUL BANKS CONFIRMS AS GUEST SPEAKER

When Paul Banks agreed to address the Old Paradians' Association Business Breakfast at Ikon Park recently, fellow former students of Paul's final year class of 1987 were quick to commit to the function.

Pictured here are from left David Page, Mathew De Ionno, Paul Banks and Gavin Pilkington, after Paul, in his capacity as Managing Director of Australia’s largest regionally-based advertising agency Regional Reach Advertising, talked of his professional career to the accompaniment of a powerpoint display.

Paul, who holds a strong view on how the demographic is portrayed and supports the farmers and the issues that revolve around them, was well-received by all in the house. To view more images of Paul's Business Breakfast address, go to the Image Galleries section to the left of the homepage.

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CAN YOU HELP US FIND KEN AND HIS FELLOW VETS?

The Old Paradians' Association has located a 65-minute Australian War Memorial film featuring L/Cpl Kenneth Francis Silman, then of West Heidelberg, in a touching Christmas message to his loved ones from Vietnam back in 1969.

Ken’s unit was 110 Signal Squadron Headquarters, 1st Australian Task Force, where he served for a period of 388 days between March 1969 and April 1970. The association believes this is the same Ken Silman who completed his final year of schooling at Parade in 1963.

The Association is hoping to extend invitations to Ken and two other missing veterans to a Reunion Luncheon on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 25, in the Frank Mount Social Room at the Garvey Oval.

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TUTORS SOUGHT FOR PARADE'S EAST KIMBERLEY BOYS

Parade College is seeking a tutor/tutors to assist three Aboriginal students from the East Kimberley region who are part of Parade’s Kimberley Education and Excellence Program. The boys are in Year 7 and Year 8 (x2) and live in the Coburg area with their house parent Bethany.

Tutoring times are on Monday from 4.30–6.30pm and Thursday from 4.30–6.30pm. Remuneration is $30 per hour with the tutor/tutors to commence ASAP.

If interested, please contact Bethany on 0424 062308.

BETTY EARNS WOMAN OF DISTINCTION AWARD

The Old Paradians’ Association has acknowledged the sizeable contributions to College life of Elizabeth Stella, in naming her the 2016 recipient of its Woman of Distinction Award.

OPA President Lewis Derrico, pictured here with Elizabeth and Parade’s Ladies Auxiliary Life Member Jean Flynn, made the presentation at the Association’s recently-convened Luncheon with the Ladies at Melbourne’s RACV City Club on Bourke Street.

In doing so, Lewis assured that the Association understood the substantial contributions of women “for without that support, we would not have had the extent of past successes within the Old Boys”.

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BAKER, DENEHY SHARE HALL WALL SPACE

Panels detailing the achievements of the Old Paradians’ Association’s two new Inductees to the Hall of Fame have been fixed to the wall of the Hickey Foyer at the Bundoora Campus, appropriately enough in the lead-up to Anzac Day.

The two prominent military men, General John Stuart Baker AC, DSM and Lt Col Charles Denehy DSO, VD, CdG, Order of the Crown, were posthumously inducted at the association’s dinner at the Hyatt on the Park last October.

There are now 14 inductees to the association's coveted Hall.

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OP MAKING HIS MARK FOR HIS COUNTRY

Mark Bilyj is a final year Parade College student of 2003 – and it’s fair to say the Australian representative basketballer has in recent years served as a trailblazer for the next generation of hearing-impaired athletes across the country.

Now 30, Mark ably captained the Deaf Basketball Australia men’s team (the Goannas) to a top ten finish at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships last July and gold medal status at the Asia Pacific Deaf Games in November.

The gold medal finish booked the Goannas a ticket to the 2017 Deaflympic Games in Turkey, and Mark is justifiably proud of his team’s achievements.

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FLAG FLIES OVER GARVEY AGAIN

Former presidents, players and officials of the Old Paradians turned out at the Garvey Oval last Saturday, as the football club’s hard-earned 2015 Premiership pennant – its first senior pennant in almost 30 years – was unfurled in the shadows of the Frank Mount Social Room.

Players of both the Old Paradians and Penleigh Essendon Grammar teams lined up for the ceremony, after President Mike Jolley addressed more than 100 people in attendance at a past players’ luncheon.

Amongst those in attendance was Parade College Principal Dr Denis Moore and Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico. Former Presidents of the football club Maurie Considine and Keith Sharkie were also there, as were feted former players including Sam Assetta, Frank Gleeson, Brian Grills, Chris Hughes and John Tudor, together with the club’s games record holder Peter Brabender.

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CLASS OF ’76 BACK AT BUNDOORA

A small but dedicated core of members of the final year class of 1976 - including Alex Fabiani and Tim Spillane pictured here - made their way back to Bundoora recently. Together they gathered in the Hickey Foyer by the Brother JS Nash Library which was formally opened in the same year.

1976 College Captain David Natoli was amongst the 23 former students of that final year who attended, as was Peter Higgs (thesedays based in London) and Tim Spillane who celebrated his 57th birthday.

Also present were former teachers John Joss and Ian Bibby, together with Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico and committeeman Phil Carter.

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BEERS IN RARE FORM AT OPA LUNCHEON

Stephen Beers, the Director of Operations at Radio 3AW and Magic 1278 and a final year student of Parade College in 1985, recently reflected on his many years in the broadcasting industry, in addressing the Old Paradians’ Association Luncheon at the RACV Melbourne Club.

With his father and fellow Old Paradian Brian watching on, Stephen, who commenced work as a casual tech at AW in ’87 and rose through the ranks, talked at length of the industry and where it is headed in an ever-changing media landscape.

Not surprisingly, he drew on a multitude of tales of his various experiences, in what was a most engaging address.

JOHN’S GIFT A LASTING LEGACY

From the very early days of the 20th century, the name “Collopy” was amongst the more famous of family names associated with Parade College and the Old Paradians’ Association – and through the generosity of Old Paradian John Collopy (Parade 1943) the name lives on into the 21st century.

A final year student of 1943, John recently saw fit to present to the Parade Archive a glorious collection of association annual reports of 1917, ’18 and ’19, menus and assorted documents from when his father Jack served as Honorary Secretary to Presidents Kennedy, O’Connell, Cody, Boyle, Cantwell and Matthews.

John’s wife Barbara said she had rediscovered the precious items in her mother’s old trunk and promptly sought her husband’s counsel. “I bought them into John the other day and said ‘What would you like to do with them?’ and he said ‘Give them to the Old Paradians”.

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"PATTO" RETURNS, SAYS TIME TO GIVE BACK

Adam Pattison has talked of his love for Parade College and the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club on the eve of his much-anticipated return to the Garvey Oval.

Speaking for the first time since committing to the Old Paradians as a senior player into 2016 and beyond, the 66-game former Richmond, St Kilda and Hawthorn ruckman – a final year Parade College student of 2003 – said he was truly committed to ending his playing days in the purple, green and blue.

“I have always been really keen and passionate about the Old Paradians. I feel like this is my home club and I’ve probably taken too long to come back to be honest,” Adam said. “I love the club and I’m really excited to be back playing with the boys. Hopefully I can really contribute, get a kick and play my role for the team.”

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ROHAN IN RARE FORM AT OPA BREAKFAST

On the eve of his 30th year with The Age newspaper, respected Melbourne sports journalist Rohan Connolly regaled Old Paradians with his stories behind the stories, at the Association’s inaugural Business Breakfast for 2016.

Working the floor of the George Harris Function Room at Ikon Park, the impassioned Essendon follower dealt with a whole range of football-related topics, from James Hird to Jobe Watson and, inevitably, ASADA and WADA. Rohan also answered a steady barrage of questions put to him, and volunteered his selections for the 2016 Premiership (West Coast), wooden spoon (Essendon), Brownlow Medal (Luke Parker), Rising Star (Darcy Moore) and Coleman Medal (Josh Kennedy).

Given that his journalistic career commenced on Flinders Street at The Sun News-Pictorial in 1983, 50 minutes could barely do justice to the sum total of stories Rohan could summon.

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TIM’S BACK . . . AND THE SKY’S THE LIMIT

Here’s Old Paradian Tim Heydon (1984) at the controls of his purpose-built aerial camera, a Blade Chroma, moments before take-off at Parade College’s Bundoora Campus recently.

The Chroma, to which a 4k super high-res video camera, which can also take stills, is affixed, captured sweeping panoramic footage of the College grounds and infrastructure for future promotional purposes.

Tim, a cameraman and editor of 30 years’ experience at both ABC and commercial television in metropolitan and rural areas, has made a career change working in corporate communications at the Austin Hospital.

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PAUL SCHOFIELD’S SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

“Although I spent twice as long as a student at Parade than my father did, his ongoing connection to the Old Paradians' has meant that my involvement still feels like it is through my connection with Dad, rather than purely as an Old Paradian in my own right.”

These are the words of Paul Schofield, a final year student of Parade in 1991 and the son of the late Bill Schofield who completed his final year some 33 years before. Paul, like his Dad, has been a great supporter of the Old Paradians’ Association’s cause, particularly in recent times through his participation in the annual Alphington-Bundoora Bike Ride.

This year, Paul took the ride a few kilometres further for old time’s sake – and he penned the following story of his sentimental journey.

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CAN YOU HELP PARADE HELP THOSE IN NEED?

The following is an urgent message from Mrs Anne-Marie Morello, Parade’s Community Action Convenor;

“Parade College has a long standing history of support, assistance and care for people in the local community. One of our community initiatives is Eddy’s Brekky Van which, proudly, is in its eleventh year of operation.

Those in the Brekkie Van volunteer team roll up their sleeves every Tuesday morning during term time to cook breakfast for members of the local West Heidelberg/Olympic Village community who may otherwise go without.

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GREETINGS FROM OUR MAN IN SINGAPORE

With its ever-growing online presences on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, the Old Paradians’ Association continues to broaden its global reach, building connections with former students of the College whether in the United Kingdom, United States or, in the case of Parade’s 2015 Vice-Captain Joshua Su, Singapore.

Joshua has since returned to his native country to complete his mandatory military service. But he truly holds Parade and the Old Paradians close to his heart as an email (recently forwarded to OPA Central with his military photograph) attests. 

In the email, Joshua offers a kind word or three to his former teachers Janette Berglez, Monique Carter, Anthony Cicutto, John Cornish, Terri Crisafi, Anne Dalmau, James Donald, Adam Hanna, Ivan Kummerle, Russell McKenzie and David Moore. In his message to “Mr McKenzie”, Joshua writes: “They didn’t have geometric shapes as the camo for the Army uniform so I had to settle for this. Hope you are well and good Sir, take care of yourself and the students :) Regards, RECRUIT Joshua Su”.

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OP`s SHORT FILM EARNS STATEWIDE ACCLAIM

As a final year student of Parade’s final year class of 2015, Bharatha Gangasani is amongst the latest crop of Old Paradians now following their dreams in the wider community.

A budding economist to be sure, Bharatha also has a knack for film making – which is why his cinematic offering as part of Year 12 media studies has been named amongst the top 13 short films to be showcased as part of the Top Screen program.

Shot in Term Two last year, Bharatha’s thriller "Rahasya" (in which he plays the character of the doctor) was amongst those cherry-picked from more than 300 entries for the program, as part of the VCAA’s Season of Excellence. As Bharatha’s Media Teacher Tim Jacobs noted, "It (the program) is very prestigious and opens many doors for the film makers . . . this is a proud moment for Bharatha and for Parade".

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NO PARADE TIES, BUT BRAVO TO NORM

Remember Norm Bravo? – that spirited 100 year-old who’s taken on City Hall over wrongly-imposed traffic fines racked up by his old car’s future owner? Well, Norm unwittingly became the subject of much attention amongst members of the Old Paradians fraternity recently when he appeared in various print media outlets sporting what appeared to be an OP tie.

On the strength of that interest, Old Paradians Central sought out the truth – and regrettably, Norm Bravo is not one of ours.

Norm’s wife Beth kindly confirmed as much in a telephone chat, declaring that the tie, which boasted the famed colours of the old boys association, was in fact the combination fancied by the Moonee Valley Racing Club for which Norm had been a member for many years.

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WHY DAVID’S AT HOME ON THE FARM

Parade College’s state-of-the-art hospitality kitchens weren’t around when David Petrilli completed his final year studies almost 20 years ago. But Parade truly set the local boy on his career path at that pivotal moment in 1997.

“There weren’t any cooking classes at Parade back then, but the College helped with work experience at the Park Royal in Little Collins Street,” said David, pictured here with Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico.

“I used to work in hospitality throughout my schooldays until I finished Year 12 when I entered the hospitality industry full-time - and after a few stints in kitchens and bars, coupled with work in the wine industry for five years, here I am today.”

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SONG FOR GUY - A SON'S TRIBUTE

The recent passing of Guy Rodrigues, a loyal and dedicated servant of the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club and father to former Paradians Garnet (1980) and Gavin (1986), was deeply felt by all within the Parade community. That was because Guy had selflessly committed his energies with little fuss or fanfare to the cause of both Parade College and the football club. Though he never attended the College, Guy was recognised as an Honorary Old Paradian in 2014, an award he shared with close friends Maurie Considine and Keith Sharkie.

More recently, he was front and centre in the winners’ circle at Craigieburn when the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club senior team landed the D Section Premiership – the club’s first in almost 30 years.

Guy’s passing followed the death of Phil McLaughlin, the captain of the club’s Team of the Century and generally considered the greatest Old Paradian footballer ever to represent the club. At his funeral at St Damian’s Catholic Church Bundoora last December, Garnet Rodrigues paid the following heartfelt tribute to Guy. (Photo courtesy Kate Boundy)

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PRESIDENTS PARTNER FOR FRONTLINE CONSERVATION

Pictured here with former US President Bill Clinton is Sean Willmore (1990) - surely the best networker of any Old Paradian out of the Bundoora campus.

A global champion for frontline conservation, Sean, as President of the International Ranger Federation and founder of The Thin Green Line Foundation, recently met President Clinton “to highlight the critical work being done by our Rangers on the frontline of conservation around the world”.

“It’s important that the rangers sacrifice, struggle and success is heard at the highest levels, so they too can be spokes-people for rangers and conservation. We spoke of the current poaching situation and the need to get more support to rangers the world over,” said Sean through the foundation.

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A FEW GOOD MEN DO 2005 PROUD

According to the College’s database, 263 students either completed or would have completed their final year of schooling at Parade in 2005.

Last Friday evening, just 10 of the surviving 261 were reunited - each flying the purple, green and blue flag with great fervour in remembrance of happy times.

For the record, 2005 College Captain Paul Daly was in attendance, together with Kane Barry, Glenn Box, Peter Callegari, Adam Cefai, Chris Horman, Daniel Connell, Angelo Radoccia, Anthony Sheehy and Aaron Tyler. Parade College Teachers of that year, John Abrahams and Jim Seymour, also fronted, with apologies received from Ivan Kummerle and Kim and John Nicholls. (To view more images, go to Image Galleries section to the left of the homepage)

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FRANK'S BOOK EXPLORES THE TUMULTUOUS 1980S

Here's ANU Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno (1986), fielding questions from the floor at Readings Carlton, for what was the launch of his latest tome, ‘1980’s The Decade that transformed Australia’. A sizeable turnout of booklovers - amongst them former Parade College schoolmates and teachers (including John Nicholls who snapped the pic) - hung off Frank's every word.

Interestingly, Frank included his Year 10 1984 school photo in the book jacket to reflect his formative years of the 1980s.

Frank has forged a wonderful reputation as historian, academic and writer, and his works on Labor history are highly-regarded. His latest literary offering follows his other publications ‘Little History of Australia’ and 'The Sex Lives of Australians'. www.blackincbooks.com/books/eighties

DIEHARDS FLY THE FLAG FOR THE CLASS OF 1980

Sixteen dedicated old boys of the final year class of 1980 kept the flame aflicker at Fitzroy’s Napier Hotel on Friday night, in what was an uncharacteristically low-key 35th anniversary reunion. Amongst them was the College Captain of that year, Gary Dundon, who made the trek from his home in Fremantle, as well as the WA-based Michael Wood and Stephen Zito.

Also on hand was Stephen Brennan, Greg Busch, Anthony, De Bolfo, Paul “Percy” De Bolfo, Paul Grant, Gordon Falconer (thesedays domiciled in Singapore), John Flynn, Paul Grant, Stefan Kos, Philip McMahon, Peter Robertson, John Stella, Peter Treppo and Peter Wyatt.

“I thought it was fantastic to catch up with the guys,” Dundon said after the event. “I got to speak to them all, none of them have changed and Percy was the prettiest. This was well worth the trip for me. It would have been good to get a few more along, but hopefully they’ll turn out in force at the 40th.” Apologies were formally accepted from Peter Godfrey, Craig Mahon, Peter Martin and Damien Reeves.

HONOR BOARD EVOKES PRIDE IN PARADE BOY TOM

Year 9 Parade College student Thomas Hallebone, whose great grandfather Aubrey Norris Isaac was an Old Paradian who served his country in the Second World War, has been afforded the rare privilege of unveiling the Association’s recently-commissioned World War II Honor Board.

In the presence of his mother Maree Hallebone and grandmother Pam Gardiner, 15 year-old Thomas completed the unveiling of the board, which carries the names of 1127 soldiers and now hangs on a wall in the Hickey Foyer at Parade’s Bundoora campus.

Thomas was incredibly humbled to perform this duty, having had no real knowledge of the wartime service of his great grandfather, a final year student of Parade in 1933. TO VIEW MORE IMAGES, GO TO THE IMAGE GALLERIES SECTION TO THE LOWER LEFT OF THIS HOMEPAGE.

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IMAGES OF OPA ANNUAL DINNER

Here's Ross Chapman on saxophone and members of the Old Paradians Big Band belting out a marching tune during the Old Paradians' Association's recent Dinner at the Park Hyatt Melbourne.

On what was a truly poignant, occasion, the Association acknowledged all its Old Boys of the school who had served their nation in uniform, from The Boer War through to Afghanistan - including the 28 young men killed in World War I and the 34 who paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War II.

To view all photographs of what was a truly memorable occasion, simply click on the OPA Annual Dinner 2015 link in the Image Galleries section to the lower left of this homepage.

WARTIME TRIBUTES PAID AT OPA ANNUAL DINNER

The contributions of all Old Boys of the College to have represented their nation in uniform since the Boer War were respectfully honoured by the Old Paradians’ Association on Friday night, at the association’s 2015 Annual Dinner at the Park Hyatt Melbourne.

In attendance for the occasion were veterans of World War II, the Vietnam War and the conflict in Afghanistan. Pictured here from left to right is Afghanistan veteran Craig Horne (1988), World War II veterans Des O’Connell (1931) and Bernard Anderson (1939), Vietnam veterans John Joss (the long-serving Parade College teacher) and Paul McCrohan (1962).

VIPs in attendance were Margaret Baker, wife of the late General John Baker, who had flown in from Canberra; General Baker’s sisters Jean Blencowe and Margaret Charlton; Dr. Kristin Schneider to whom Lieutenant Colonel Charles Denehy was a great uncle and Kristen’s daughter Miriam Towns; Des O’Connell and his son Tony; and 92 year-old Old Paradian and World War II veteran Bernard Anderson.

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MY BROTHER JACK

A few weeks ago, in response to an Old Paradians’ Association notice in the Returned and Services League quarterly journal, Bill White felt compelled to make contact.

Mindful that the notice flagged the much-anticipated October 23 Annual Dinner acknowledging all Old Boys who represented their nation in uniform, Bill considered it important to honor the memory of his brother Jack, a final year student of Parade in 1927 (pictured here on the right with friends and fellow Old Paradians Jack Brown on the far left and Laurie Date).

n doing so, Bill, himself a navy man of 20 years’ experience, recounted memories both pleasant and painful of a family torn asunder by loved ones lost in the madness of war.

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OLD PARADIAN IMMORTALISED ON CANVAS

John Wegner, a 1967 Parade College final year student whose long and distinguished career as a Helden Baritone voice has thrilled audiences in opera houses both in Australia and internationally, has been immortalised on canvas by the artist Sally West.

Sally’s portrait of John - as Jokanaan In Opera Australia’s “Salome” which was performed at the Sydney Opera House - has also been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Portia Geach Art Prize for female artists at Sydney’s S.H. Ervin Gallery.

Clearly delighted with the outcome, John, now based in Sydney, explained that he sat for the portrait earlier in the year. “I went to artist Sally West’s studio, put on a costume, applied makeup and wig and posed for a portrait as the intense character of Jokanaan in Salome,” John said. “Sally filled the large 150cmx150cm canvas in only two hours - testimony to her amazing concentration and speed - but it took six months to dry.”

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OP SUPPORTS STUDENTS ON INSTITUTE TOUR

A group of Parade College students, accompanied by Learning Area Leader – Science Janette Berglez, recently toured the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) of Medical Research in Parkville.

With the support of Matthew Witkowski (Parade 2007), the student group was afforded a rare opportunity to view the workings of the institute and interact with its researchers.

One of the students, Anthony Muleta, has penned a tour report and the Old Paradians’ Association is grateful to him and to Janette for their assistance. The Association also acknowledges Matthew Witkowski for facilitating this unique experience for the students of Parade. The following is Anthony’s report;

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OPs' "Mr THREE PER CENT" RAISES A GLASS

Phil Hude recently noted a Richard Branson tweet that only three percent of the world’s workers who get up in the morning actually love what they do – “and I reckon I’m part of that three per cent”.

“There are days when it’s tough like every retail gig,” he admitted, “but the ultimate for me is drinking wine with the people I love and it doesn’t get much better than that.”

As the resident Managing Director of fine wine merchant Armadale Cellars on High Street in Melbourne’s leafy south-east, Phil’s an engaging character who’s literally living the dream more than 30 years after completing his schooling at Parade. A final year student of 1982, Phil conceded he wasn’t really sure of his career calling - so much so that when asked why he pitched for the fruit of the vine he jokingly blamed Bundoora’s Blue Light Disco.

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KOKKINAKIS CALLS ON OP RONDINELLI

Emerging Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis has enlisted the support of Andrew Rondinelli (Parade 2005), who will cease duties as Port Adelaide’s performance nutritionist and strength coach to take up the appointment in October.

Rondinelli, in his sixth year with the AFL club, developed a relationship with Kokkinakis and his coaching team when both camps trained in Dubai in 2013.

Rondinelli said that the club was fully behind his move. “Being at Port and working with six or seven other guys in the high performance team and in the industry generally is really good – it’s hard to leave – but something I’m really looking forward to and have had heaps of support from inside the club to do,” said Andrew in an interview which appears on the Port Adelaide website.

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REMEMBERING UNCLE CHRIS

IT’S more than seventy years since Flight Sergeant Christopher Bolger lost his life in Hannover – and yet his niece Margaret Hall (nee Bolger) has helped perpetuate the man’s memory long after Germany’s unconditional wartime surrender.

Margaret, who lives not far from the College’s Bundoora campus, recently saw fit to forward precious photographs of Chris Bolger for inclusion in Parade’s archive - in recognition of that young man’s early years as a student through the late 1920s.

She also took time to prepare the following story of her uncle’s all too short existence.

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OP SALAMI ARMY OUT IN FORCE

Mark Treppo’s Balwyn home was a hive of activity recently, when a host of Old Paradians, including members of the Treppo and Natoli clan, gathered with friends and neighbours for the annual salami and sausage-making day.

Pictured proudly sporting their wares are, from left to right, Anthony Treppo (1977), Peter Treppo (1980), Joe Natoli (1982), Mark Treppo (1982), David Natoli (College Captain 1976), Bob Anderson (1982) and Mark Natoli (1974) with Julian Valmorbida (1982) curtsying to the cameraman.

The veteran salami-makers are at this stage undecided as to whether they’ll submit an entry for this year’s much-anticipated Melbourne Salami Festa, which was co-incidentally founded three years ago by another OP, Carlo Mazzarella (1994).

CAN YOU HELP GET OUT BOYS TO CHINA?

Students of Parade College are readying for a 4-week World Challenge educational expedition to Mongolia and China. With two teams, totaling 30 students, the College party will this September embark on a challenging 10-day trek and complete a community project, involving local orphanages and schools.

To help cover team costs and community projects, Parade has planned various fund-raising events, the largest being a trivia night being held at the College in July. To that end, the College is seeking donations of vouchers or other auction items.

Those who may be in a position to contribute items to the trivia night are kindly asked to contact Janette Berglez or fellow tour leader Simon Hussey at Parade College during office hours on 9468 3300.

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TO ALL OPs - WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

For the past five years, the Old Paradians' Association has worked extremely hard behind the scenes to reconnect with its vast network of former students whether at home or abroad. Given the many thousands of Old Boys of the College, this has been and continues to be a mammoth task.

We have experienced some successes through our social media avenues, ie. Facebook and LinkedIn, and have re-established contact with many. However, with the whereabouts of so many more still unknown, the Association calls on your support. If you have not updated your contact details - postal address, email and mobile phone - the Association asks that you do so at your earliest convenience by clicking on the Old Paradians Feedback Form to the right of this homepage and completing the required fields.

Further, please encourage all the OPs you know to do the same. The Association truly values your support in this regard, as it does not command the resources to reconnect on such a grand scale. We want to hear from you. We want to know where you are. Together we can build the OPA network as it grows into the 21st century.

SPIRES THE LASTING LEGACY OF GERALD VANHEEMS

Gerald Vanheems died more than three quarters of a century ago – and yet the Old Paradian’s legacy will surely prevail for as long as the majestic spires of St Ignatius’ and St Pat’s break the skies over Richmond and East Melbourne.

Until recently, Gerald’s life seemed lost in time. Though the name “GW Vanheems” appears amongst the College’s students of the 1880s as listed in The Parade Story, little more was known of him.

But Vanheems’ moniker jumped off a digitised version of The Argus newspaper, dated June 30, 1888, as a member of the Parade College football team drawn to play CBC St Kilda. The team piqued the interest of the Old Paradian Peter Scott (1950), who is researching the College’s earliest known football team (in itself for another day) and, given Vanheems’ unusual surname, a descendant was swiftly sourced through the Melbourne White Pages.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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