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  • ​Adrian Vella, a final year student of the class of 2018, has been named this year’s Old Paradians’ Association’s Senior VCAL award winner.

    A certificate of acknowledgment and shield were presented to Adrian by Director Pathways Education and OPA Committeeman John Nicholls in the presence of Acting Principal Andy Kuppe, together with teachers, staff and students at the recent Term 1 Assembly in the Bundoora Campus’ College Hall.

    “Adrian is another wonderful example of a Parade student getting the most out of the opportunities the College has to offer. He was able to consistently impress his teachers with his determination and effort in everything he undertook,” Assistant Principal, Teaching and Learning Geoff Caulfield said.
  • ​The historian and author Professor Frank Bongiorno AM, an Old Paradian acknowledged in the most recent Australia Day Honours, has talked of his incredible fortune in being given the opportunity to pursue his love of history at Parade.

    Frank, a final year student of the class of 1986, was awarded an AM in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to tertiary education in the field of history.

    Now living in Canberra as Professor of History, as well as Head of the School of History at the Australian National University, Frank modestly conceded “No one could have been more surprised than I was when I learned that I was to be offered an AM”.

    “As a historian working in a university I have always been in the fortunate position of spending a lot of my time each year in a profession that also interests me - and has long interested me – very much. To be given an award for doing something you love like that is pretty incredible,” Frank said.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 2019-02-17 OPA Bike Ride

    A leisurely ride (no race) from the Preston Campus to Bundoora by way of the old East Melbourne and Alphington Colleges and ending at the Bundoora Campus for a well-earned refreshment at Open Day.
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  • 2019-03-13 OPA Luncheon

    Held on every second Wednesday of the month since 1936, the OPA Monthly Luncheon is quite possibly the oldest luncheon of its type in the world. Join Old Paradians over a sumptuous meal and a glass of vino within the idyllic surrounds of Melbourne's RACV City Club in Bourke Street.
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  • 2019-04-10 OPA Luncheon

    Held on every second Wednesday of the month since 1936, the OPA Monthly Luncheon is quite possibly the oldest luncheon of its type in the world. Join Old Paradians over a sumptuous meal and a glass of vino within the idyllic surrounds of Melbourne's RACV City Club in Bourke Street.
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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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