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25 UP FOR FATHER JOE CADDY
25 UP FOR FATHER JOE CADDY

OP GOLF DAY, NOV. 9, GREENACRES
OP GOLF DAY, NOV. 9, GREENACRES

ANDREW ROBB HONOURED ON HIS RETURN TO PARADE
ANDREW ROBB HONOURED ON HIS RETURN TO PARADE

KOKKINAKIS CALLS ON OP RONDINELLI
KOKKINAKIS CALLS ON OP RONDINELLI

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.

If you're a golfer who likes a challenge, then why not make it Greenacres GC, one of the best clubs in the eastern suburbs. Greenacres, with its outstanding facilities, is open to all OPs keen to tee off at this year's Old Paradians Golf Day on Monday, November 9.

An early 7.00am start has been penciled in for an 18-hole affair, with lunch and trophies all at low cost.

Those interested in either playing or dining (or both) are urged to contact John Hodder on 03 9482 4574 or hodderja@bigpond.net.au

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.

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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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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.”

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Old Paradians who completed or would have completed Year 12 in 1980 are to gather en masse at Fitzroy’s salubrious Napier Hotel on the night of Friday, November 6, 2015 in an early warm-up to the 40th anniversary reunion of 2020. The informal 35th anniversary gathering is being driven by a contingent of Western Australian-based OPs, led by the engaging Stephen Zito, who is making the trek across the Nullabor for the much-anticipated knees-up.

“This is basically an excuse for a get-together over a cold ale, but yes, there will be plans hatched for the 2020 reunion, which will without doubt be a grand event,” Stephen said. “There’s no need to pre-book, no need to RSVP. Just pencil the date into your diary and front up . . . none of us are getting any younger you know.”

It is hoped that the 1980 College Captain Gary Dundon will also jet in from the west to grace the Napier with his substantial presence, as will Andrew Fenech – the latter having laid low in regional WA since WADA placed Essendon firmly in its sights. The Class of 1980’s much-anticipated night at the Napier commences at 6.30pm.

The Old Paradian John Cullen has passed away suddenly at his Templestowe home, having only just returned from a six-week overseas holiday.

Commencing in 1961, John experienced College life at all three Parade locations – Years 7-8 at Alphington, Years 9-12 (he’s pictured here in Year 9, 1963) at East Melbourne and matriculation at Bundoora in its inaugural year of 1968. He was a pivotal member of the rugby team and debating team, and was a warrant officer in the cadet unit.

John completed his degree in civil engineering at RMIT and after years working at Mt Newman and Groote Eylandt he returned to Melbourne to accept positions with BHP and the State Government whilst completing his Master in Business at Melbourne University. Later, he established his own consulting business.

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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.”

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HARRY’S FORK TO THE FORE, COURTESY OP CHRIS
HARRY’S FORK TO THE FORE, COURTESY OP CHRIS

CLASS OF 1980 IN NAPIER “WARM-UP” CALL
CLASS OF 1980 IN NAPIER “WARM-UP” CALL

JOHN FREDERICK CULLEN Aug. 26, 1949 – July 24, 2015
JOHN FREDERICK CULLEN Aug. 26, 1949 – July 24, 2015

TEAM CROWE COMPLETES 10km FUND RUN
TEAM CROWE COMPLETES 10km FUND RUN


'95 CLASS TURNS OUT FOR 20-YEAR REUNION

Eighty former students of Parade’s final year class of 1995 have renewed acquaintance at a boisterous 20-year reunion at the Bundoora campus.

In what was one of the larger College reunions of recent times, the former students were also joined in the Hickey Foyer by Parade teachers both past and present.

Reflecting on the gathering and the afterparty at the nearby Frank Mount Social Room at the Garvey Oval, former student Stephen Coyle declared the 1995 reunion “one of the funniest nights from the moment I rocked up”.

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OLD BOYS URGED TO BOARD THE BREKKY VAN

In its ongoing quest to build partnerships within and beyond the community (Parade College Mission and Vision Statement), Parade has turned to Old Paradians to assist with its Brekky Van sessions through 2015, building on these opportunities from 2014.

The College has allocated two Brekky Van sessions in which former students can assist current students and staffers in a wonderful cause on the mornings of Tuesday, August 4 or Tuesday, November 24.

Brekky Van was established by student leaders in 2005 to provide those less fortunate with something to eat each Tuesday morning of term time, with staff and students working in tandem for this cause.

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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.”

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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.

Peter’s report is as follows;

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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