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  • ​Old schoolmates and teammates alike are mourning the passing of Tony Beers, a final year student of Parade College in 1980 and captain of its 1st XVIII ACC Premiership outfit in that year.

    The son of Collingwood Premiership player Brian Beers, Tony led an undefeated College outfit to the ACC Premiership - just as his father did almost a quarter of a century earlier. That was in 1957, the year before Brian featured in Collingwood’s famous ’58 Grand Final victory which brought to an end Melbourne’s run of three successive Premierships.

    Tony was the eldest of Brian and Margaret’s three boys, who lived within walking distance of the Bundoora Campus. Mark and Stephen completed their final years of schooling at Parade in 1983 and 1985 respectively, with Mark captaining Parade’s 1st XVIII team to victory in the ’83 Herald Shield Final and Stephen a member of the 1st XVIII Premiership outfit in ’85.
  • ​An ambitious extravaganza celebrating the past 21 years of Parade College Musicals and planned for Melbourne’s iconic Athenaeum Theatre on the evening of Saturday, August 25, has been formally launched on the final night of the College’s latest production ‘Hello, Dolly’.

    At the recent conclusion of the fifth and final performance involving Parade and Mercy College students, 12 Old Paradians - amongst them organisers of the August 25 event - performed a rousing rendition of “Do You Hear The People Sing?” from the acclaimed musical Les Miserables.

    They were, pictured from left to right: Joseph Lanciana (2017), Michael Labrador (2017), Stephen Valeri (2007), Marcus Tanti (2017), Julian Bianco (2017), Luke Bortignon (2017), Giordano Paoli (2017), Michael Butera (2002), Francis Cao (2017), Aiden Hrup (2017), Julian Campobasso (2003) and Ross Chapman (2006).
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • OPA Monthly Luncheon

    Break bread with former students of Parade at the RACV Club on Bourke Street, the idyllic forum for the time-honoured Association Luncheon. Cost is $42 with Guest Speaker, plus drinks at bar prices.
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  • 2008 Reunion

    Renew acquaintance with old classmates and former teachers at a 10-year reunion of Parade’s final year class of ’08. Gather in the Hickey Foyer and, later, in the newly-refurbished Frank Mount Social Room. Cost is $40 for canapes, plus drinks at bar prices.
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  • OPA Monthly Luncheon

    The RACV Club on Bourke Street provides the idyllic forum for the time-honoured Association Luncheon. Cost is $42 with Guest Speaker, plus drinks at bar prices.
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ABOUT

The Old Paradians' Association seeks to foster links with all past students, whose formative years were shaped by the Christian Brothers of Parade College.

Formally established in 1914, the Association’s inaugural 13-man committee included the President James Kennedy (who completed his Matriculation class at Parade in 1890), Reverend Brother JM Dwyer and the Rush brothers Robert and William, all of whom maintained a continuing interest in the Association for the rest of their lives.

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