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CUP DAY AT THE GLEN
CUP DAY AT THE GLEN

OP ELEVATED TO CEO OF SECON
OP ELEVATED TO CEO OF SECON

BILYJ BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
BILYJ BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

OLD CLASSMATES REMEMBER MICHAEL FITZPATRICK
OLD CLASSMATES REMEMBER MICHAEL FITZPATRICK

A small group of Old Paradians, their families and friends frequented the Yarra Glen racetrack at the weekend, in joining the Old Paradians’ Association for the running of the 2017 Jack Hirsch Memorial Yarra Valley Cup.

Dino Rebellato, his wife Sandra and their friend Mary-Anne were there at the Association’s adjoining mini-marquees, as was OPA committeeman Phil Carter and the family and friends of Association Secretary Mirella Busso-Lee.

Guests gathered in two private mini marquees hired by the Association on the lawn by the track at Yarra Glen – amongst them Dale McCann, Matt Ryan and David Witchell, part owners of High Church, which went around in the big one.

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The Considine name has been synonymous with Parade for the better part of 70 years, since family patriarch Maurie Considine, then a teenager, accepted an invitation from Barney Luby to join the Old Paradians’ Amateur Football Club.

Similarly, the family business Secon Freight Logistics has also endured, in the 48 years since Maurie founded the company.

Now, the Considines have turned to Old Paradian Steve Nailer (1987), Secon’s recently-appointed CEO, to oversee its wharf transport, warehousing, containerisation, side lifting and warehouse and depot management systems - and Steve, pictured here seated with (clockwise from the left corner) Brendon, Vin, Paul and Matt Considine, is truly honoured.

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Mark Bilyj, decked out in the famous green and gold, made his way into the Atrium for the first time today. For the Old Paradian, now captain of the Australian Goannas Deaf Basketball Team, this was a welcome opportunity.

Eleven years ago, in what was Mark’s final year as a student at Parade’s Bundoora campus, the Atrium (and indeed College Hall) was still under construction.

“It’s great to be back, first time since 2003,” Mark said. “I think this hall might have been completed in May or June 2004 and I have to say it looks pretty good.”

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Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, an Old Paradian whose distinguished career as a public servant in part involved close working ties with the late Senator John Button and the Hawke Government, has died in Canberra after a long illness.

News of Michael’s passing was conveyed by old classmates Peter Peyton and Peter Hanlon. Peter Peyton was Parade’s Athletics Champion in their final year of 1959, with Peter Hanlon the College Dux and Michael the Captain of the 1st XVIII.

Both Peters recalled Michael commencing studies at CBC East Melbourne in 1955, the first of five years at the “Old Bluestone Pile”, during which time he immersed himself in many and varied College activities.

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To all Old Paradians,

The following is a calendar of events for all Old Paradians' Association functions through 2017.

If your final year of schooling at Parade ended in a seven, then we'd love to see you in the house for the following reunions. Please advise if you are going to attend to assist us for catering purposes. For those who can make it along to our Breakfasts, Luncheons or Special Events, just let us know - we'd love to see you in the house.

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With the recent return to Parade of 2016 College Dux Joel Perera, how timely it is that a descendant of Parade’s first Dux of 1871 should make contact.

Margaret McKenzie (nee Watson) recently called the Old Paradians’ Association with a requesting to see the name of her great grandfather Andrew Larkin on the College’s Honour Board of Duces.

The Association and the College was able to provide a photograph of the board with Larkin’s name featured atop. In turn, Margaret was able to share a few precious details about Andrew’s life through the horrors of wartime and beyond.

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The OPA’s Annual Bike Ride is done and dusted for 2017, with this year’s route having been extended to 40 kilometres and taking in each of Parade’s past and existing campuses.

Five cyclists completed the entire ride from the Preston campus to Bundoora via the Old Bluestone Pile and Parade Preparatory College checkpoints at East Melbourne and Alphington. Five more riders joined the peloton at Alphington and completed the 16-kilometre Darebin Creek ride to the Grevillea Pavilion on Parade Drive where John Abrahams (1982) turned the snags.

The cyclists completed stints along St George’s Road and later, The Boulevard and Darebin Creek Trail in reaching their ultimate destination. For the record, the cyclists were OPA President Lewis Derrico (1974) and his friend Frank Arena, Dino Rebellato (1978), Peter Gilmartin (1968), Chris Henderson and Chris Shepherd (representing the Old Paradians’ Football Club), Paul Schofield (1991), Wayne Grogan (1983) and his sons Darcy (currently a Year 9 Parade student) and William, who commences at the College in Year 7 next year. TO VIEW IMAGES, GO TO IMAGE GALLERIES SECTION TO THE LEFT OF THE PAGE

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Welcomed to Parade’s Term 1 Assembly at Bundoora Campus recently were 13 final year students of 2016 who had each recorded an ATAR score of 95 or higher.

Amongst them was College Dux Joel Perera (with a score of 99.5), who was recently honoured by the Sri Lankan Consulate as one of Sri Lanka’s top ten students in Victoria.

On being presented with a certificate of achievement by Parade Principal Dr Denis Moore, Joel took the opportunity to thank his teachers, fellow members of Lynch House, members of his family and, in particular, his schoolfriends. IMAGE COURTESY TONY TEO

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OPs URGED TO SAVE THE DATE
OPs URGED TO SAVE THE DATE

THE STORY OF PARADE’S FIRST DUX
THE STORY OF PARADE’S FIRST DUX

CYCLISTS COMPLETE SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
CYCLISTS COMPLETE SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY

(NEW) OPs RECOGNISED AT COLLEGE ASSEMBLY
(NEW) OPs RECOGNISED AT COLLEGE ASSEMBLY


VALE BERNARD ANDERSON

Bernard Anderson, an Old Paradian, World War II veteran and special guest of the Association at a recent function for all who served, has died in Rosebud Hospital after a short illness at the age of 93.

Bernard (at left) with fellow OP Des O’Connell (1931) attended the Old Paradians’ Association’s 2015 Annual Dinner at the Hyatt on the Park, on a night in which all Old Paradians in wartime were remembered.

That night, Des cited The Ode.

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LATEST IMAGES OF SOCIAL ROOM RENOVATIONS

The Garvey Oval/Frank Mount Social Room metamorphosis continues at Parade College, with the old brown brick facade freshened up with render.

Work also continues internally, with the bar area pushed back into the new additional space to increase capacity of the room. The room also boasts new storage facilities, a stairwell to the first floor annex, and new male, female and disabled toilets. The refurbishments further enhance the reputation of the Garvey Oval - home to the Old Paradians' Association Cricket and Football Clubs and the College's sporting teams - as the Lord's of the North.

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PRATT CLAN BACK FOR JACK’S BIG DAY

It was back to the future for the Pratt clan recently, with 12 year-old Jack Pratt fronting up for his first day at the Bundoora Campus as a Year 7 Parade College student, and upholding the traditions on behalf of the clan.

“I’m really excited. I’ve been looking forward to this day,” Jack said.

Joining Jack was his father Danny and Uncle Michael Pratt GC, both proudly sporting their Old Paradians ties in this photograph for posterity, along with Jack’s mother Yvonne who also shared in the moment. A final year student of the College in 1982, Danny and his brothers Mark (1977), Peter (1978), Mark (1980) and Matthew (1986) followed Michael, whose final year was 1972.

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FROM THE BOAT TO BUNDOORA AND BEYOND - TUAN'S STORY

“When I think back now to when I was young the most important thing were the influences - those people around you. For me and the Vietnamese boys we were so lucky we were taken in by Parade because Parade gave us a support structure.”

These are the words of Old Paradian Tuan Trong Trinh. Not so long ago, Tuan, now 51, made his way along College Drive and through the gates of the Brothers’ Cemetery to pay his respects at the grave of Br. Gerard Timothy (“Tim”) Bilston.

Tuan says he is forever indebted to Br. Bilston, who was only 46 when he died in March 1991. He says he also owes much to the then Principal Br. John Wright, to his “cottage parents” Mary and the late Peter Nguyen and to all at Parade who accepted him as one of a handful of young Vietnamese boarders back in 1982.

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TO THE MEMORY OF JOE, SEAN, JOHN AND TERRY

Four Old Paradians - two much-respected members of the clergy and two extremely gifted sportsmen – were lost in the lead-up to Christmas and through the 2017 New Year period.

The association acknowledges the recent passing of Fr. Joe McMahon (1954, pictured) and Fr. Sean O’Connell (1957), along with Terrence Gannon (1961) and John Coghlan (1964).

The association also expresses its gratitude to those authors who have permitted the use of their work in paying tribute.

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SHINGLER FAMILY ACCEPTS ROBERT'S TENETE AWARD

Members of the Shingler family have joined more than 70 Old Paradians at the annual Christmas Luncheon, in honouring the association’s former Secretary and President the late Robert Shingler with a presentation of the Tenete Award.

Robert’s daughter Maryanne and son Peter, Peter’s wife Veronica and their children James and Monique, were at the RACV Melbourne Club when Ray Hangan (1950) paid glorious tribute to Robert, and OPA President Lewis Derrico presented the family with a glass memento of the coveted award.

The Tenete Award, instituted in 1974 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Old Paradians’ Association’s founding, acknowledges outstanding service in the interests of the College.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

On behalf of the Old Paradians’ Association Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of the Parade community a joyous, holy and festive season and prosperous 2017. I would also like to thank you for helping make 2016 a productive year for us.

Our CEO, Tony De Bolfo in his recent message summarised what occurred throughout 2016. This year has been a big year with many outcomes and challenges, but as one of the OPA Objectives state; ‘create opportunity to promote unity and good fellowship amongst Old Paradians and the Parade College community’.

Next year we plan to keep improving and developing opportunities for members of the Parade family to participate and involve themselves in a wide range of activities. It is an exciting time to be a member of the Parade community.

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A MESSAGE TO ALL OPs

To all Old Paradians everywhere,

This is just a short note, on behalf of the President Lewis Derrico and fellow Members of the Old Paradians’ Association committee, to thank you all sincerely for being part of the journey through 2016.

In the seven years since members of the new committee first came together, we’ve tried to be true to the OPA’s core objective - to reconnect with all those for whose formative years were shaped at Parade.

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THE TWO JOHNNIES AWARDED HONORARY OPs

Few can say they have given more to Parade than John Joss and John Nicholls – and this week, in recognition of their collective contributions of more than 70 years to the College as teachers, “the two Johnnies” were presented with Honorary Old Paradian awards.

The presentation to the pair happened at a final Christmas gathering of the Old Paradians’ Association committee, at Maroush Restaurant in Eltham. OPA President Lewis Derrico and Vice-President Paul Shannon led the tributes and both men were presented with glass mementoes.

Both Johns expressed enormous gratitude to the Association, with ‘Nicho’, an old St Pat’s Ballarat boy, flippantly suggesting “I’ve now got an excuse to wear an Old Paradians tie”. ‘Jossy’, who spent his formative years at Assumption College, was equally humbled.

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ALEX ACKNOWLEDGED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE

“I’m feeling humbled. This award is very much appreciated and I thankyou all.”

So says Alex Fabiani, a final year Parade College student of 1976 and this year’s recipient of the Old Paradians’ Association’s Community Service Award.

Alex was presented with a glass memento of his award, together with a cheque for $1000 to assist with the running of his Community Service Kitchen at South Morang in the lead-up to Christmas by OPA President Lewis Derrico. Parade College Principal Dr Denis Moore, Assistant Principal – Staff Welfare and Development Mark Aiello and Business Manager Paul Harris – all Old Paradians – were also there for the ceremony, which was held in the College Boardroom.

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2006 CLASS TURNS OUT

Members of Parade’s Class of 2006 have celebrated their 10-year reunion at Coburg’s Post Office Hotel, now managed by another Old Paradian of 2006, Danial Caneva.

Joining the old boys were five current College teachers Marisa Cora, George Gregorio, Anne-Marie Morello John Nicholls and Paul Sapiano, together with former teacher David McGrath, who jetted in from the Gold Coast. Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico was there, as was OPA committeeman Phil Carter.

2006 Parade College Captain Paul Hume, a current member of the Old Paradians’ Association committee, commended his old mates for fronting up to the gathering. “It was great to see so many old mates in the house,” Paul said. “Around about 50 former students posed for the group photo and it was fantastic to see the teachers there also, particularly Mr McGrath who made the effort to come a long way. A few more guys rocked up after the photo was taken too, and the feedback was generally positive.”

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HELLIAR NOMINATED FOR GOLD LOGIE

Public voting for the 59th TV Week Logie Awards has opened, with Old Paradian Peter Helliar (1993) amongst the favourites emerging from the plethora of nominees.

The Project is pushing Peter (pictured with Paul Read at the Class of '93's 20-year reunion in the Hickey Foyer) to take home the show's third-in-a-row Gold, after co-hosts Carrie Bickmore and Waleed Aly won in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Peter’s in the mix with the likes of Today's Lisa Wilkinson and The Block’s Scott Cam, as well as Love Child and The Wrong Girl’s Jessica Marais.

Voting for all 12 Logie categories is open from now through December 18, with Old Paradians, particularly those of the class of ’93 urged to “Vote 1 Helliar” via the following link - http://survey.confirmit.com.au/wix/5/p1427715.aspx

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ADAM'S STORY - FROM BUNDOORA TO THE BIG SCREEN

“Versatile in ability, focused in delivery.” Go to Adam La Rosa’s website and you’ll find these six words, which in part tell the whole of the Old Paradian who between duties as an Event Manager actively pursues a lifelong passion for film.

At the time of this interview, Adam had only just returned from the New South Wales Central West town of Forbes for what was the world premiere of the new Australian feature The Legend of Ben Hall. “They set up a huge screen at the Forbes Showground, and more than 1000 people turned up to the ticketed event,” Adam said. “More than 60 per cent of them were from Forbes and the surrounding municipalities, with the remainder from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.”

As executive producer of The Legend of Ben Hall, Adam has an obvious vested interest in the film, which was shot on location in Forbes and Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, as well as the Docklands Studios. Adam even appears in the flick, in the small yet critical role of Constable Wiles – the man who fires the first shot in anger to literally trigger the chain of events leading to the Australian bushranger’s violent demise.

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BEDFORD WELCOMES COTCHIN TO THE CLUB

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin is now part of Parade College’s Australian Rules elite, as only the second Old Paradian in the 92-year history of the Brownlow Medal count (the other is South Melbourne’s Peter Bedford in 1970) to secure League football’s most sought-after individual award.

Cotchin and Hawthorn’s (now West Coast’s) Sam Mitchell, who originally tied for second behind Essendon captain and Old Xaverian Jobe Watson in the 2012 count, were this week declared joint winners by the AFL.

This followed Watson’s decision to hand back the Brownlow to erase any question of whether the medal was “tainted”, having received a doping ban for his role in the club’s 2012 injections regime.

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HUDE HOLDS COURT AS OPs RAISE A GLASS

Armadale Cellars operator Phillip Hude (1982), has played bon vivant to a gathering of fellow Old Paradians and their partners at an historic wine-tasting event convened by the Association. Here's Phil flanked by Vanessa Jones and her husband David, an old schoolmate of Phil's from the class of 1982.

As frontman for the OPA’s very first “Class With Glass” affair, Phil regaled a plethora of wine-making tales to members of his captive audience, as they savoured glorious selections of Australian reds and whites put up by “The Hudester” himself.

Guests, many of them '82 final-year Parade students, were treated to delicious glasses of riesling, chardonnay and pinot from locales including the Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and Macedon Ranges. The wines were quaffed between courses of mouth-watering canapes supplied by waitresses of the V-Zug Kitchen Showroom in leafy East Kew. TO VIEW IMAGES, GO TO THE IMAGE GALLERIES SECTION TO THE LEFT OF THIS HOMEPAGE

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OLD PARADIAN FATHER O'HARA DIES

Father Thomas O’Hara SJ, the Dux of Parade College pictured here in his final year of schooling in 1949, has died at St Peter’s Green in Lane Cove North just one month short of his 84th birthday.

Fr O’Hara died on Saturday (November 12). News of his passing was conveyed by Old Paradians’ Association Hall of Fame inductee Capt. Prof. Kevin Rickard AM, who remembered Fr O’Hara from as far back as the Old Bluestone Pile.

“Tom was a lovely man and I knew him quite well,” Kevin said. “He was ahead of me at Parade, and matriculated with seven first class honors. In the year after being awarded Dux he joined the Jesuits.”

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ROOM EXTENSIONS WELL UNDERWAY

The Garvey Oval's handsome reputation as the "Lord's of the North" is only growing in stature, with the adjoining Frank Mount Social Room now undergoing substantial renovation.

As this image shows, the floorspace of the existing social room is to be increased by around 40 per cent, with a time keeper's box to be included on the rooftop.

In July this year, the Garvey Oval was encircled by a new picket fence, which proved to be a real eye-catcher to Plenty Road passers-by. Now, with the extensions underway to the pavilion flanking it, few sporting facilities in the northern region can rival the College's pre-eminent sporting hub, which is also home to the Old Paradians' Associations' football and cricket clubs.

OP’s TOME TACKLES EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

When Dr Paul Power “retired” from full-time work with Hay Group several years ago, he had it in mind to pen a book about emotional intelligence.

“I had, over more than a decade, been involved with Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and others in developing assessment tools to measure the extent to which people demonstrated the characteristics related to emotional and social intelligence,” said Paul, a final year student of Parade College in 1957.

“I started to develop the idea and worked on it for a couple of years. My intention was to produce something that contained sufficient scholarly information about EI to create an aura of seriousness, but also to make it practical and useful to people who might not have the academic background to grapple with the theory and the conceptual framework of EI.”

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OPA ACKNOWLEDGES 1000th LINKEDIN MEMBER

Here’s Luke Lobello (2005), the Old Paradians’ Association’s 1000th member of its ever-growing LinkedIn page. Now a Secondary Mathematics and Physics Teacher at Carey Baptist Grammar School, Luke was presented with an association centenary tie and matching cufflinks, and a bottle of most agreeable 2012 Shiraz, courtesy OP and winemaker Andrew Pieri (1996) of Pieri Wines, McLarenvale.

Luke said that when he discovered the association’s LinkedIn presence recently, there was never any doubt. “I just wanted to reconnect, especially after coming here to Carey and seeing the terrific similarities with Parade,” Luke said.

“I wanted to keep in contact with Parade, as a reminder of what the teachers of Parade taught me. John Nicholls and Ivan Kummerle were two great influences."

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OLD PARADIAN APPOINTED MAGISTRATE

Old Paradian Simon Zebrowski (1984) is one of two new appointees to the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Simon, along with Sarah Leighfield, was recently named by Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula.

A Deputy Registrar of the Magistrates’ Court since the late ’80s, Simon was admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1999, and signed the bar roll as counsel in 2003 appearing in more than 50 jury trials and a number of plea hearings, bail applications, committal hearings, confiscation proceedings and coronial inquests.

In 2010, he joined the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) and rose to the most senior level for solicitors – Principal Solicitor Advocate – appearing almost daily in metropolitan and regional courts.

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OLD PARADIANS CONFIRM RYAN SMITH AS 2017 SENIOR COACH

The Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club is pleased to announce Ryan Smith as its Senior Coach for the 2017 season.

In making the announcement, Club President, Mike Jolley said that members of the selection panel were impressed with the strong coaching background and communication skills that Ryan displayed at interview.

Jolley added “ the Club is committed to climbing out of D section in the VAFA and has its sights firmly set on climbing back into the higher divisions of the competition”.

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BULLDOGS' FIRST MASCOT IS OP JACK

With 2016 now consigned to football history as the “Year of the Dog”, Old Paradian Jack Moore (1947) thought the timing right to share this Footscray team photograph of 1934.

Featured in the photo are Brownlow Medallists Allan Hopkins and Norman Ware, together with the resident rover Bernie O’Brien nursing the unnamed mascot in the front row.

Eighty-two years later, the name of that mascot can now be revealed. Why it’s Jack Moore of course, and the man himself suspects he’s the first mascot for the red, white and blue. “I was two and a half years old when that photo was taken,” said Jack, who turned 85 recently.

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JOHN WEGNER AO INDUCTED INTO OPA HALL OF FAME

John Wegner AO, one of this nation’s most renowned operatic Heldenbaritones, has become the 15th inductee into the Old Paradians’ Association Hall of Fame.

A final year student of Parade’s class of 1967, John was formally inducted at his home in Enmore, with Hall of Famer Capt. Prof. Kevin Rickard AM (1953) presenting a memento to him on the association’s behalf.

“I am very honoured to be inducted into the Old Paradians’ Hall of Fame,” John said following the ceremony. “I was at Parade from ’62 to ’67. In those days there was not that much education in music at the school and yet my talents were recognised. In my last two years I was allowed to sing at the school dances . . . and I was also asked to sing at the Speech Night. It may have been the first time a soloist sang at the Speech Night. The applause I received that night gave me an inkling that this could be a career.”

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OPs GAIN FROM JUNIOR INVESTMENT

The Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club is now reaping the rewards of its investment in the game at junior level, with Marcus Nolan, a recent under 19s graduate, awarded the club’s Best and Fairest for the 2016 season.

Marcus is one of six players from the club’s under 19 grade now playing seniors. He is pictured at the bottom left with fellow under 19 turned senior players (clockwise) Sean Money, Darcy Cotter and Ben Ferraro.

“This is a terrific outcome for Marcus and we congratulate him on winning this prestigious award,” OPAAFC President Mike Jolley said. “As a club we are really proud of our graduates who are showing they have the right skills and attitude to make a real difference when they get the opportunity to play at the senior level.”

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

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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OPA TURNS TO FITZROY IT FOR WEB UPGRADE

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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LORD OF THE DANCE - FRANCIS' STORY

“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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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).

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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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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