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OLD PARADIAN ELEVATED TO VAFA PRESIDENCY
Tim Nelson, a final year student of Parade College in 1981, and a member of the Old Paradians’ B-Section Premiership team five years later, has been appointed President of the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
Accordingly, Tim becomes the first Old Paradian to assume the presidency in the VAFA’s 123-year history, and the association’s 18th President since 1892.
A VAFA vice-president since 2013, Nelson was first appointed to the board in 2010 and two years later was elected by the members. His elevation to the presidency, ratified last Monday night, follows the decision of Michael Hazell to step down.Read full article...
TO ALL OPs - WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
For the past five years, the Old Paradians' Association has worked extremely hard behind the scenes to reconnect with its vast network of former students whether at home or abroad. Given the many thousands of Old Boys of the College, this has been and continues to be a mammoth task.
We have experienced some successes through our social media avenues, ie. Facebook and LinkedIn, and have re-established contact with many. However, with the whereabouts of so many more still unknown, the Association calls on your support. If you have not updated your contact details - postal address, email and mobile phone - the Association asks that you do so at your earliest convenience by clicking on the Old Paradians Feedback Form to the right of this homepage and completing the required fields.
Further, please encourage all the OPs you know to do the same. The Association truly values your support in this regard, as it does not command the resources to reconnect on such a grand scale. We want to hear from you. We want to know where you are. Together we can build the OPA network as it grows into the 21st century.
SPIRES THE LASTING LEGACY OF GERALD VANHEEMS
Gerald Vanheems died more than three quarters of a century ago – and yet the Old Paradian’s legacy will surely prevail for as long as the majestic spires of St Ignatius’ and St Pat’s break the skies over Richmond and East Melbourne.
Until recently, Gerald’s life seemed lost in time. Though the name “GW Vanheems” appears amongst the College’s students of the 1880s as listed in The Parade Story, little more was known of him.
But Vanheems’ moniker jumped off a digitised version of The Argus newspaper, dated June 30, 1888, as a member of the Parade College football team drawn to play CBC St Kilda. The team piqued the interest of the Old Paradian Peter Scott (1950), who is researching the College’s earliest known football team (in itself for another day) and, given Vanheems’ unusual surname, a descendant was swiftly sourced through the Melbourne White Pages.Read full article...
ST VINNIES SUPPORT IN THE BAG FOR BRENDON
Here’s Brendon Considine, a member of the Old Paradians’ Amateur Football Club’s most famous family, bracing himself for the St Vinnies CEO Sleepout.
Brendon is calling on all Old Paradians and indeed members of the Parade College community to help him support the St Vinnies cause.
As he said: “I’m hoping there are donors out there who may be able to sponsor me at this year’s annual sleepout”. “Each night in Melbourne there are thousands of homeless young, middle-aged and older people who have little less than a cardboard box or bench to sleep on,” Brendon said. “With the onset of winter well and truly upon us we can only imagine what these people have to endure every night.”Read full article...
JOEL'S PLACEMENT A WIN/WIN FOR PARADE
When Stephen Mion (Parade 2005) took a phonecall from an old schoolmate Daniel Mahony to take on a VCAL student in work experience, the owner/manager of Bulleen Health and Fitness didn’t hesitate.
Accordingly, Joel McKenzie recently earned a placement under Stephen’s watch for a two-week period, which afforded him an invaluable insight into the workings of the health and fitness industry.
“Stephen was more than willing to give back to Parade and take on Joel at the end of Term 1,” said Daniel, currently a Physical Education teacher at the College. “I was fortunate enough to visit Joel and Stephen during this placement and it would appear a win/win for both parties. This story is a great example of the Old Boy spirit and you need only talk to Joel to hear how much experience he walked away with.”Read full article...
THREE VOTES - OLD PARADIANS, D. SPILLANE
Here’s the great Chris Judd posing for a “selfie” with Dominic Spillane (Parade 1979) in the Carlton Football Club’s heartland of Lygon Street on Sunday morning.
Well . . . not quite. Seems Spillane made it his pains to ensure he found a way into the frame with the Blues champ, who qualified for Life Membership of the AFL with his 300th official appearance, in Friday night’s match against Geelong at Etihad Stadium.
“I was up in Lygon Street having brunch (at Carlton Football Club eatery doc) with a couple of my sisters, and I had my back to him,” Dominic said. “I walked out of the place and someone said ‘There goes ‘Juddy’, why don’t you get a photo with him?’ and I said ‘All right’. I had to run a hundred years and he was with his kids and his wife, but he was only too happy to do it.”
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JUDGE JORDAN IN FINE FORM AT BUSINESS BREAKFAST
His Honour John Jordan SC, Judge of the County Court of Victoria and a final year student of Parade in 1966, has regaled classic accounts of courtroom repartee as Guest Speaker of the Old Paradians’ Association's second Business Breakfast of the 2015 season.
Judge Jordan was in fine form in recounting some of the more amusing courtroom exchanges gleaned in four decades of experience in the law. He also took the opportunity to renew acquaintance with two old classmates - Bernie Carmody and Michael Cain - the latter having made the trek from the Bellarine Peninsular for the address.
Judge Jordan graciously accepted an invitation to deliver his speech at the Business Breakfast, sponsored by doceo. Roland Spitty, a director of doceo, was amongst those in the appreciative breakfast audience, as were members of the Jordan clan including Judge Jordan’s younger brother Peter and nephew Tom.Read full article...
SHIRLEY O'ROURKE NAMED OPA WOMAN OF DISTINCTION
Shirley O’Rourke, a long and loyal servant to the cause of Parade and a much-respected member of the College community, has been honoured by the Old Paradians’ Association with its Woman of Distinction Award.
Shirley was presented with her award by Association President Lewis Derrico at the OPA’s recently-convened annual Ladies Luncheon at the RACV City Club in Melbourne. Amongst those in attendance were a number of members of the College’s Ladies Auxiliary, including Life Members.
In thanking the association, Shirley humbly reflected on her many years of involvement with Parade. “You’ve knocked the wind out of my sails,” Shirley said. “I’m very honoured, but I don’t consider what I’ve done at the College as work. “I’ve just been another worker, that’s all - nobody special.” Read full article...
OPA, SCHOOLS ANSWER OLD BOY'S PLEA
Here’s 1968 Parade College Captain Phil Carter sifting through the boxes of books – 122 boxes in all – now bound for Port Vila in the cyclone-ravaged Oceanian island nation of Vanuatu.
The last of the book boxes, together with cartons of science equipment, musical instruments and sundry items, were recently loaded into a courier van bound for the Melbourne waterfront.
They’ll be freighted to the Old Paradian Paul Hetyey, now Principal of Port Vila’s Central School, for the immediate use of the students whose library was raised to the ground by the cyclonic storm.Read full article...
OP DI NATALE NAMED NEW GREENS LEADER
Senator Richard DiNatale, a final year Parade College student of 1987, is the new Greens leader after Christine Milne announced her resignation.
Senator Di Natale, who addressed the Old Paradians' Association Business Breakfast in 2013, was elected unopposed, with two new co-deputies, senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlum, also elected unopposed.
The Old Paradians' Association acknowledges Senator Di Natale's appointment and extends best wishes to him as he embarks on this new phase of his political career.
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VIETNAM VETERANS IN HISTORIC GATHERING
Pictured here are 14 Vietnam veterans - 13 former students of Parade College, together with long-serving former Parade teacher John Joss – at a recent reunion luncheon hosted by the Old Paradians’ Association in the Frank Mount Social room at the Garvey Oval.
The veterans, standing from left to right, are Michael Prendergast, Paul Vaughan, Wally Magalas, David Millie MBE, Alan Hodges, John Sonneveld, Russ James, Robert Lewis, John Joss, Paul McCrohan and Ian Dunn.
Seated from left to right are Dan McCrohan, Edward Heffernan and Kevin Pilkington.Read full article...
LEASE EXPRESS - OPERATING ON KEY CORE VALUES
Lou Viola is charged with the enormous responsibility of overseeing the national business development operations of Lease Express. The company is headed up by the Moore brothers John and Peter of the class of 1954 who, like Lou, are Old Paradians - as is the organisation’s Glen Prendergast, a final year student of the class of 1999.
For Lou, who completed his schooling at the College some 40 years ago next year, that’s a beautiful accident. As he said: “There’s a great Parade network here, but it is just a fluke”.
“I’ve known John Moore for close to 30 years through his younger brother Ron who attended Parade in Alphington,” Lou said. “Ron and I worked together, we were work colleagues, and through him I got to know John.”Read full article...
THE 49ers AND THE GAME THAT (ALMOST) CREATED HISTORY
On the eve of the opening round of the AFL season, Old Paradian Barry Hynes recently put pen to paper, to recount the events leading up to and including a famous match between CBC Parade’s 1st XVIII and the all-conquering St Patrick’s College Ballarat outfit in 1949.
Parade, for whom the likes of Tony Ongarello and the late Peter Venier chased leather, went within a whisker of inflicting St Pat’s first loss at 1st XVIII level since 1900.
For whatever reason, Ongarello does not feature in this team photo, but Barry, considered a “tall, slim, effective ruck, persistent, able to give and take bumps” according to The Paradian, can be seen on the immediate left of the late captain Peter Venier. Also featured are Owen Abrahams and Brian Turner, who, like “Onga” and another absentee Kevin “Whacker” O’Brien, would later make their names at senior League level. The following is Barry’s recollection of the big game involving St Pat’s and Parade’s fabled ’49ers on the afternoon of Sunday, July 24, 1949.Read full article...
40 YEARS ON, CLASS OF '75 TURNS IT ON
Former students of Parade College’s final year class of 1975 recently returned to the old stomping ground some 40 years after filing through the gates for the last time.
Thirty-seven former students (of a total of 227 who either completed or would have completed their final year of ’75) fronted up for the lively get-together in the Hickey Foyer, amongst them the ’75 College Captain Paul Johnston, whose late father Kevin and brother Peter are former Presidents of the Old Paradians’ Association. Current OPA President and ’74 College Captain Lewis Derrico was in the house, as was OPA Committeeman and ’69 College Captain Phil Carter, along with former teachers John Joss and Neville Colvin. Parade College Assistant Principal - Staff Welfare and Development Cate Livingston was also present.
Paul Johnston, when asked to share his overriding memories of his time at the College, replied that they all related to old mates with him in the room.Read full article...
ELNAZ' STORY - FROM PERSIA TO PARADE
One of the four touchstones of the charter by which Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition is bound is that of Inclusive Community.
The Inclusive Community touchstone reads as follows; “Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good”.
Parade College is bound by that charter and its touchstones - Inclusive Community included – which is why it accepted Elnaz Tavancheh, a young girl who fled the horrors of her home country, as the College’s first female student in more than 140 years.Read full article...
LOU STICCA ADDRESSES OPA BUSINESS BREAKFAST
Tribal Sports Group Managing Director Lou Sticca has offered a fascinating insight into the development of soccer in Australia and the potential ramifications for other sporting codes, as Guest Speaker at the Old Paradians’ Association’s inaugural Business Breakfast for 2015.
Lou, a final year Parade College student of 1977, is a Licensed Player Agent and FIFA Match Agent with vast experience in football internationally. A passionate Carlton supporter, he was founder and CEO of Carlton Soccer Club, which competed in the Australian National Soccer League, and was also instrumental in building the football department of Sydney FC in its inaugural season of the A-League.
Pictured here (far left) at the conclusion of the Breakfast with Old Paradians’ Association President Lewis Derrico, Lou offered a fascinating insight into the game and the people within it, most notably Ange Postecoglou and Frank Lowy. He talked about issues of ethnicity within the game, and assessed this nation’s future prospects of staging the World Cup.The OPA Business Breakfast, which now boasts doceo as its Sponsor for the 2015 series, was convened in the George Harris Function Room at Ikon Park (formerly Visy Park), and attracted many Old Paradians in business.Read full article...
DOCEO ALIGNS WITH OPA THROUGH BUSINESS BREAKFAST
doceo, a software platform in performance management space, has aligned with the Old Paradians’ Association as sponsor of its series of Business Breakfasts for 2015.
doceo –whose Managing Director Wade Keenan is a final year Parade College student of 1994 – has committed to the three-breakfast series at Ikon Park (formerly Visy Park), Carlton North, on the Thursday mornings of March 12, May 21 and November 19 this year.
Taglined the “forward-looking performance management in the cloud,” doceo provides a platform assisting individuals, teams and organisations in closing the gap between ability and aspiration.Read full article...
INCREDIBLE DISCOVERY OF OP'S DOG TAG
A dog tag belonging to World War II airman and Old Paradian Edward “Ted” Kenealy has been found in a field in Derbyshire, 70 years to the day after Kenealy and fellow crewmembers were blown out of the skies over Stuttgart.
Seventy year-old Englishman Jim Davies discovered the Flight Sergeant’s tag on the site of an old airfield in Foston, on October 19, 2014. Flight Sergeant Kenealy, of the RAAF’s 460 Squadron, lost his life at the age of 19 when the Lancaster bomber in which he was aboard as a rear gunner, went down on what was his third operation over Stuttgart, on the afternoon of October 19, 1944.
Those who also lost their lives aboard the bomber with Flight Sergeant Kenealy were Pilot Officer Captain Peter Fontaine, Bomb Aimer Flight Officer Charles Middleton, Air Wireless Operator Flight Sergeant George Newman, Flight Engineer Sergeant Arthur Chisman and Mid Upper Gunner Reginald Krutli.Read full article...
CENTENARY HIGHLIGHTS DINNER ON DVD
The Old Paradians’ Association’s recently-convened Centenary Dinner attracted 380 people to Melbourne’s RACV City Club, amongst them still photographers Reg Ryan and Enzo Tomasiello, together with video cameramen Renzo Beltrame and Rodney Prusa, who is also the College Archivist.
The stills have been in recent circulation, and now a brief video highlights package can be viewed at Old Paradians Cinema to the right of the homepage. A DVD of the entire evening’s events is currently in production, and advance orders of the DVD at $25 plus postage are now being taken by the Association’s Secretary Mirella Busso-Lee via Mirella.Busso-Lee@parade.vic.edu.au
For those present in the spectacular pillarless room on the night of the Centenary Dinner, the DVD is the perfect keepsake - particularly so considering that very little if any footage of Old Paradians’ Association’s happenings over the past 100 years actually exists. For those not a part of OPA history on October 17, the DVD offers a terrific record of a truly unique occasion in support of the Association’s cause.
LONDON CALLING! OPs' FIRST GLOBAL CHAPTER MEETS
The Prospect of Whitby Public House, an old time pub whose origins can be sourced to the Elizabethan era, recently served as the backdrop for an historic inaugural gathering of members of the OPA’s London chapter.
A healthy quota of ex-pat Aussies in the Old Dart, all bound by precious links with the old school, convened at the Prospect. They were called to order by Peter Wilson, a final year student of 1978, to talk Parade over a warm pint or three.
On hand were the following OPs, pictured here from left to right - Martin Coyle (1990), Damian Wilson (College Captain 1982), Christopher Ecclestone (1978), Brayden Geary (College Captain 2004), Jonathan Cicutto (2004) Brendan O’Leary (1980), Craig Sandford (1985) and Mr Wilson, with Mick Reid (1981) working the video camera for this historic gathering.Read full article...
OPA HONOUR BOARD RETURNS
After six years in storage, the Old Paradians’ Association Honour Board has made its triumphant return to the Hickey Foyer, on the eve of the association’s much-anticipated Centenary Dinner.
Resplendent in its new French-polish, and carrying the names of all Association office bearers to the present, the board has been rehung on the southside wall of the foyer - scene of so many final-year College reunions at the Bundoora campus in recent times.
Parade archivist Rodney Prusa (1981) oversaw the restoration of the board, which had suffered damage over the 70 years of its estimated existence. Rodney undertook the refurbishment of the signwriting after the board had been stripped and repolished, reproducing the original title in gold leaf and updating the list of officer bearers in a more condensed format. “It’s heartening to see the names return to a place of honour in the College,” Rod said. “The benefit of the new format is that we can now cater for the names of Old Paradians who will take the Association forward for the next 100 years.”
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