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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.Read full article...
SEN. DI NATALE JOINS THE PARADE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
Here’s Australian Greens Leader and Old Paradian Senator Richard Di Natale joining Parade College students (from left to right) Deshan Silva, Joseph Lamptey, Thomas Balakas and Alex Anthony in flying the purple, green and blue flag for climate change.
This photograph was captured by Parade’s Director of ministry Michael Loughnane, who noted that Senator Di Natale was “clearly thrilled to see the banner and spoke very enthusiastically to us”.
“His (Senator Di Natale’s) pride in his old school was palpable. It was a lovely moment, and made the boys very proud to be Paradians,” Michael noted. The following report was compiled by one of the students, Parade Social Justice Prefect Thomas Balakas;Read full article...
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)Read full article...
TWO MORE OPs TAKEN BY AFL CLUBS
Two more Old Paradians, Nick O’Kearney (2014) and Adam Marcon (2010), will now pursue their careers at AFL level, having been selected in the 2015 Pre-Season and Rookie Draft.
Calder Cannons’ Nick (photographed at right with Gresham) was taken with the Saints’ first round selection (fifth overall) and follows fellow OP Jade Gresham to Seaford - the latter having been named by the Saints with their first r...ound selection (18) in last Tuesday’s National Draft.
Adam, ex-Williamstown, finds a new home at Punt Road, having been taken with Richmond’s third round selection (47 overall).Read full article...
SAINTS BE PRAISED! OP JADE TAKEN WITH PICK 18
It’s been a big run home for Year 12 Parade College student Jade Gresham. Having last month claimed 1st prize at Valete as the pre-eminent student in certificate 2 plumbing as part of his VCAL program, the Old Paradian is (as of November 24) an AFL listed player.
“It’s grouse,” Jade said when contacted after his drafting at selection 18 by St Kilda. “I was at home with family and friends when the news came through, then went down South Morang footy club to see a few of the boys there.
“I wasn’t too sure how it was going to pan out. St Kilda didn’t tell me much, so it was a bit of a surprise. I’m happy that I’m staying in Melbourne though. I didn’t want to go interstate, so it’s good.”Read full article...
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.
BAKER, DENEHY INDUCTED INTO OPA HALL
Two eminent military figures have been posthumously inducted into the Old Paradians’ Association Hall of Fame, on the occasion of the OPA’s 2015 Annual Dinner.
On an evening in which the Association acknowledged all Old Boys who served their nation in military uniform since the Boer War, General John Baker and Lieutenant Colonel Charles “Pop” Denehy were inducted into the Hall.
Paying glowing tribute to both men was 1965 Parade College Captain Mike O’Meara - the retired Department of Veterans’ Affairs Deputy Commissioner Victoria and now Chairman of the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Medical Research Foundation. Mike (pictured here articulating the story of Lt Col Denehy) duly handed mementoes of the inductions to close family members in attendance. Read full article...
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.Read full article...
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.Read full article...
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.Read full article...
IT'S OURS! OPs CAMPAIGN ENDS IN GRAND FINAL GLORY
The Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football team has landed a senior Premiership for the first time in 29 years, with a meritorious 15-point victory over Ivanhoe Amateurs in Saturday’s VAFA D2 Grand Final at Craigieburn’s Highgate Reserve.
The victory completes one of the truly great finals campaigns, in which the team, finishing third at the end of the home and aways, overpowered the Northern Blues, St John’s and the ’hoes to secure the club’s 11th premiership since its foundation year of 1929.
Percy Matthews was the OPAAFC President in that maiden season - and fittingly the Premiership trophy carrying his name was presented to the victorious captain Chris Kandilakis and coach David Boundy – as fate would have it by VAFA President Tim Nelson, a member of the OPs’ last Premiership team of 1986.Read full article...
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.”Read full article...
Ci CARD TRAINING ON OFFER AT PARADE
Parade College is offering Ci Card (Construction Industry Card, formerly White Card, Red Card) Training at the College’s RTO Division, over two nights 6.00pm to 9.00pm, twice in one week or over two weeks.
Cost of the card is $140 (normally $210) and is required for any on-site work.
Interested parties are urged to contact Parade College Executive Officer Tony McKay on 0402 208 421 or via email, Tony.McKay@parade.vic.edu.au
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 TO MEET IVANHOE IN VAFA GRAND FINAL
Old Paradians and members of the Parade College community have been urged to converge on Craigieburn’s Highgate Reserve next Saturday afternoon, when the Old Paradians football team meets minor Premiers Ivanhoe in the D2 VAFA Grand Final.
The OPs, ably coached by David Boundy and his assistant Peter Cosgriff, earned the right with an inspired come-from-behind win over St Johns Old Collegians, in Sunday’s Preliminary Final at the Aquinas College ground in Ringwood. The 29-point victory over St Johns - 13.11 (89) - 12.8 (60) - earns the Old Paradians promotion to D1.
Despite trailing by 35 points at quarter-time, the green men slammed on 6.6 to 0.0 with the second quarter gale, then outscored their opponents in the crucial third quarter. In the end, the OPs emerged comfortable victors, in what was also Kieran O’Brien’s 150th game. Read full article...
VALE Fr. MARTIN, 1928-2015
Fr. Frank Martin, a final year Paradian of the class of 1944 who rose to become one of the architects of modern Catholic education in Australia, died on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 87.
A former colleague Peter Ryan, in correspondence to catholica.com.au, recalled that Fr. Martin was one of the original members of the Schools Commission.
“He guided Victorian (and Australian) Catholic Schools from the preceding cash strapped entities that necessarily existed prior to Gough Whitlam to what they are today,” Ryan wrote. “On resigning from his mission as Director of Catholic Education he became a parish priest. No doubt parishioners from the two parishes which he served will now sing the praises of Frank and of their experience of a Vatican II parish. Frank was one of the finest priests ever to serve the Church in Australia. He was one of those magnificent men and women who accepted Vatican II and tried to implement all that the Council taught both personally and in the apostolate.”Read full article...
OPs OVERRUN NORTHERN BLUES IN FIRST FINAL
Here’s Chris Kandalakis savouring the moment with long-time club official and Honorary Old Paradian Guy Rodrigues, in the wake of the OPs’ meritorious come-from-behind victory over Northern Blues in Sunday’s VAFA Division 2 First Semi Final at Craigieburn’s Highgate Reserve.
Trailing for three quarters, the OPs dominated the final term to emerge 20-point victors 11.8 (74) to the Blues’ 7.12 (54), with James Kandalakis booting three and Blake Holden best afield.
The team will now meet St Johns Old Collegians at 2pm next Saturday afternoon (venue to be determined) for the right to challenge Ivanhoe in the Grand Final.
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.Read full article...
25 UP FOR FATHER JOE CADDY
The Old Paradians’ Association joins the Archdiocese of Melbourne in commending Father Joseph Caddy, who recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. A final year student of Parade in 1977, Father Joe was ordained in 1990 with Fr. Vincent Jewell, Fr. Philip Levanson and Fr. Brendan Reed.
Acknowledged with a Distinguished Old Paradian Award when he addressed College students at Term Assembly in 2009, Father Caddy more recently addressed a gathering of Old Paradians at the Association's monthly Luncheon at the RACV City Club in Melbourne.
Father Caddy’s father John and younger brothers Gerard, Peter and Julian are all Old Paradians.
ANDREW ROBB HONOURED ON HIS RETURN TO PARADE
The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, has returned to his old College to accept the Distinguished Old Paradian Award from Parade Principal Dr Denis Moore. Andrew is pictured here by Tony Teo accepting his award from Dr Moore.
In his acceptance speech, on the occasion of what was the Term 3 Assembly for the students of both the Bundoora and Preston campuses, Andrew encouraged all in the room to maximise their time at Parade so as to benefit from the profound opportunities that lay ahead.
In his acceptance speech, on the occasion of what was the Term 3 Assembly for the students of both the Bundoora and Preston campuses, Andrew encouraged all in the room to maximise their time at Parade so as to benefit from the profound opportunities that lay ahead.Read full article...
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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HARRY’S FORK TO THE FORE, COURTESY OP CHRIS
When Chris Redmond (1967) heard that a solid core of Year 7-12 students and teachers were on their way to Mansfield for the weekend he didn’t hesitate to mobilise the staff at his café, Harry’s Fork.
As a result, complimentary egg and bacon rolls were at the ready for the travellers on early morning arrival, as the perfect starter for Mt Buller time trials and team selection.
“It was just great to see the young ones from Parade up to participate in snow sports – something I probably didn’t have the opportunity to do when I was there,” Chris said. “In saying that, the days of the old school tie at Parade were really happy for me.”Read full article...
TEAM CROWE COMPLETES 10km FUND RUN
Pictured here is a group of Parade College’s teachers and staff who committed as a team to the recent 10-kilometre Melbourne Run. Having banded together for fellow teacher and Old Paradian Paul Crowe, the team, named ‘Crushin’ It For Crowie’, raised money for the charity Motor Neurone Disease Victoria (MND Victoria) to support its research for a cure.
The team members are from left to right Derek Rylah, Marita Stretch, James Fogarty, Anthony Glatzel and Josie Kengni.
“We had sunny weather for the event and our team did really well,” Marita said. “Thanks to everyone who participated.”Read full article...
OP ON CUSP OF MEMPHIS ODYSSEY
Jack Gatto (2009) is now packing his jumpsuit and bound for Graceland, the 24 year-old having taken out the Viva Surfers Paradise Elvis Tribute competition at the weekend.
For Jack, all roads lead to Memphis Tennessee, where he’ll compete with 24 of the world’s greatest Elvis tribute artists.
“Hopefully this opens up a few doors, but I’m not sure how I’ll go in Memphis,” Gatto told the Gold Coast Bulletin. “I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”Read full article...
OPs GATHER IN OLD DART ON LORD'S TEST EVE
The OPs in London collective is clearly gaining traction with the purple and green recently convening at the salubrious Jamaica Wine House at St Michael’s Alley in Cornhill, on the eve of Australia’s 405-run spanking of England in the 2nd Test at the home of cricket, Lord’s.
Raconteur and bon vivant Peter Wilson (1978) - pictured at the far right of this photograph with fellow Old Boys at the Jamaica - charmed comrades, from those domiciled in the Old Dart to others who'd lobbed from Oz to take in a spot of cricket and the occasional warm pint.
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TEACHERS SEEK HELP IN 'CRUSHIN' IT FOR CROWIE'
Parade College teachers are calling on the support of all Old Paradians, particularly final year students of the class of 1973, to band together for fellow teacher and Old Paradian Paul Crowe.
The teachers are committing a team to the 10km Melbourne Run on Sunday, July 26. The team, named ‘Crushin’ It For Crowie’, is raising money for the charity Motor Neurone Disease Victoria (MND Victoria) to support its research for a cure.
“Paul Crowe is such an important and much loved part of Parade and we aim to recognise that on July 26 whilst raising money to crush MND. We hope you are able to support us in some way, because this is a way we can also show our support for ‘Crowie’,” said team member and Parade Religious Education Learning Area Leader Marita Stretch.Read full article...
KEITH SHARKIE JOINS COVETED HOP CLUB
Pictured here are members of the exclusive “HOP Club” - three Honorary Old Paradians (from left) Guy Rodrigues, Keith Sharkie and Maurie Considine.
The three men were pictured at Melbourne’s RACV City Club, not long after Keith was presented with his HOP Award by Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Old Paradians and the football club, and I have enjoyed my involvement with the Luncheon and being accepted by such a nice bunch of blokes. I only ever expected to be a worker in the field, but I have thoroughly enjoyed being part because I have made some fantastic friends,” Keith said.Read full article...
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.Read full article...
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR OPA COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
The Old Paradians’ Association’s Community Service Award was established in the Association’s Centenary Year of 2014. The inaugural award winner was Jonathon Elks (1983) who officiated as Police Sergeant at Kinglake in the midst of the Black Saturday bushfires.
This Award serves to acknowledge the many wonderful contributions of those Old Paradians who contribute significantly to the welfare of people in need.
It serves to honour individuals (Old Paradians) who are community builders, creating healthy environments through their selfless actions.Read full article...
BRENDON CONSIDINE SAYS THANKS
As you all know the Vinnie's CEO Sleepout was recently held, with more than 240 people sleeping rough on concrete and braving the cold. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support that you have given me by way of encouragement and donating to the Vinnies CEO Sleepout appeal. Your donations to my page have totalled $12,500 so far which is a fantastic effort.
Throughout Victoria a record amount over $925,000 was raised and $5.5 million across Australia. not only does your kind donation help these people by assisting Vinnies with their support services , it raises awareness within our own community which is a key contributor to early intervention which goes a long way to breaking the cycle of homelessness .
Homelessness can happen to anybody so I encourage you all to be aware and act if you suspect a colleague, workmate or neighbour to be in trouble to raise the alarm and not turn a blind eye. Donations to the Vinnies CEO Sleepout are open until 31 July and can be made online via www.ceosleepout.org.au
Once again many thanks, Brendon
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).
JOHN DAVID QUINLIVAN - DECEMBER 9, 1933 – MARCH 6, 2015
John Quinlivan, a former pupil of Parade East Melbourne (final year 1950), passed away peacefully in Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. John was an avid sportsman who was highly accomplished in a range of sporting pursuits, including football, tennis and cricket. Beyond his school years, John was involved in other sports including tennis, squash and in his later years, lawn bowls.
John gave his time and talents to the local Rosanna and surrounding communities where he undertook a range of volunteering activities and where he resided for most of his life until recently.
John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judith, eight children and 11 grandchildren. May he rest in peace.
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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.
CLASS OF '85 PARTIES THE HOUSE DOWN
A healthy smattering of former students - together with an equally impressive array of teachers past and present including the former College Principal Br. Laurie Collins - recently gathered at the Bundoora Campus' Hickey Foyer for the 30-year reunion of the final year class of 1985.
Forty former schoolboys, amongst them the '85 College Captain Mark Scillio, renewed acquaintance, with Br. Roger Cripps, John and Patricia Joss, Ian and Barbara Bibby, John Ramsdale and John Nicholls also there to lend support. One old boy, Damian Zylstra, had not attended a reunion previously, so made up for lost time.
"It was a fantastic night . . . a great success. I almost didn't go, but I'm glad I did," Damian said after the event. "It was good to reconnect with a lot of old friends." Old Paradians' Association President Lewis Derrico was also present, as were Association committeemen Rob Cugno and Paul Shannon, both of whom were of the '85 class. To view more photographs of the big night, go to the Image Galleries section to the left of this homepage.
PARADE STUDENTS INVEST IN FOOTBALL CLUB’S FUTURE
You are looking at the future of the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club. Pictured here are 11 of Parade’s 12 current VCE students, including this year’s College Captain Ben Ferraro, all of whom are representing the OPs at Under 19 level.
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OLD PARADIAN ELEVATED TO VAFA PRESIDENCY
Tim Nelson, a final year student of Parade College in 1981, and a member of the Old Paradians’ B-Section Premiership team five years later, has been appointed President of the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
Accordingly, Tim becomes the first Old Paradian to assume the presidency in the VAFA’s 123-year history, and the association’s 18th President since 1892.
A VAFA vice-president since 2013, Nelson was first appointed to the board in 2010 and two years later was elected by the members. His elevation to the presidency, ratified last Monday night, follows the decision of Michael Hazell to step down.Read full article...
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.Read full article...
ST VINNIES SUPPORT IN THE BAG FOR BRENDON
Here’s Brendon Considine, a member of the Old Paradians’ Amateur Football Club’s most famous family, bracing himself for the St Vinnies CEO Sleepout.
Brendon is calling on all Old Paradians and indeed members of the Parade College community to help him support the St Vinnies cause.
As he said: “I’m hoping there are donors out there who may be able to sponsor me at this year’s annual sleepout”. “Each night in Melbourne there are thousands of homeless young, middle-aged and older people who have little less than a cardboard box or bench to sleep on,” Brendon said. “With the onset of winter well and truly upon us we can only imagine what these people have to endure every night.”Read full article...
JOEL'S PLACEMENT A WIN/WIN FOR PARADE
When Stephen Mion (Parade 2005) took a phonecall from an old schoolmate Daniel Mahony to take on a VCAL student in work experience, the owner/manager of Bulleen Health and Fitness didn’t hesitate.
Accordingly, Joel McKenzie recently earned a placement under Stephen’s watch for a two-week period, which afforded him an invaluable insight into the workings of the health and fitness industry.
“Stephen was more than willing to give back to Parade and take on Joel at the end of Term 1,” said Daniel, currently a Physical Education teacher at the College. “I was fortunate enough to visit Joel and Stephen during this placement and it would appear a win/win for both parties. This story is a great example of the Old Boy spirit and you need only talk to Joel to hear how much experience he walked away with.”Read full article...
THREE VOTES - OLD PARADIANS, D. SPILLANE
Here’s the great Chris Judd posing for a “selfie” with Dominic Spillane (Parade 1979) in the Carlton Football Club’s heartland of Lygon Street on Sunday morning.
Well . . . not quite. Seems Spillane made it his pains to ensure he found a way into the frame with the Blues champ, who qualified for Life Membership of the AFL with his 300th official appearance, in Friday night’s match against Geelong at Etihad Stadium.
“I was up in Lygon Street having brunch (at Carlton Football Club eatery doc) with a couple of my sisters, and I had my back to him,” Dominic said. “I walked out of the place and someone said ‘There goes ‘Juddy’, why don’t you get a photo with him?’ and I said ‘All right’. I had to run a hundred years and he was with his kids and his wife, but he was only too happy to do it.”
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JUDGE JORDAN IN FINE FORM AT BUSINESS BREAKFAST
His Honour John Jordan SC, Judge of the County Court of Victoria and a final year student of Parade in 1966, has regaled classic accounts of courtroom repartee as Guest Speaker of the Old Paradians’ Association's second Business Breakfast of the 2015 season.
Judge Jordan was in fine form in recounting some of the more amusing courtroom exchanges gleaned in four decades of experience in the law. He also took the opportunity to renew acquaintance with two old classmates - Bernie Carmody and Michael Cain - the latter having made the trek from the Bellarine Peninsular for the address.
Judge Jordan graciously accepted an invitation to deliver his speech at the Business Breakfast, sponsored by doceo. Roland Spitty, a director of doceo, was amongst those in the appreciative breakfast audience, as were members of the Jordan clan including Judge Jordan’s younger brother Peter and nephew Tom.Read full article...
SHIRLEY O'ROURKE NAMED OPA WOMAN OF DISTINCTION
Shirley O’Rourke, a long and loyal servant to the cause of Parade and a much-respected member of the College community, has been honoured by the Old Paradians’ Association with its Woman of Distinction Award.
Shirley was presented with her award by Association President Lewis Derrico at the OPA’s recently-convened annual Ladies Luncheon at the RACV City Club in Melbourne. Amongst those in attendance were a number of members of the College’s Ladies Auxiliary, including Life Members.
In thanking the association, Shirley humbly reflected on her many years of involvement with Parade. “You’ve knocked the wind out of my sails,” Shirley said. “I’m very honoured, but I don’t consider what I’ve done at the College as work. “I’ve just been another worker, that’s all - nobody special.” Read full article...
OPA, SCHOOLS ANSWER OLD BOY'S PLEA
Here’s 1968 Parade College Captain Phil Carter sifting through the boxes of books – 122 boxes in all – now bound for Port Vila in the cyclone-ravaged Oceanian island nation of Vanuatu.
The last of the book boxes, together with cartons of science equipment, musical instruments and sundry items, were recently loaded into a courier van bound for the Melbourne waterfront.
They’ll be freighted to the Old Paradian Paul Hetyey, now Principal of Port Vila’s Central School, for the immediate use of the students whose library was raised to the ground by the cyclonic storm.Read full article...
OP DI NATALE NAMED NEW GREENS LEADER
Senator Richard DiNatale, a final year Parade College student of 1987, is the new Greens leader after Christine Milne announced her resignation.
Senator Di Natale, who addressed the Old Paradians' Association Business Breakfast in 2013, was elected unopposed, with two new co-deputies, senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlum, also elected unopposed.
The Old Paradians' Association acknowledges Senator Di Natale's appointment and extends best wishes to him as he embarks on this new phase of his political career.
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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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