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  • ​Daniel Blaker (2019) is currently immersed in a Computer Science course at Melbourne University – and already the Old Paradian is imparting his knowledge and expertise as a Mentor to students at Banyule-Nillumbik Tech School.

    Dante Gabriele, Parade’s Learning Centre Leader – Head of Library, notified OPA Central of the way Daniel was impacting on young people’s lives, in forwarding a relevant video released by the Tech School.

    In a preface to the video highlighting Daniel’s involvement, Banyule Nillumbik Tech School Director Skylie Massingham acknowledged the 20 year-old’s initial involvement, first forged in his former life as “a student from one of our partner schools, Parade College”.
  • In October 2019, as a parting gesture to his much-loved Parade, the late 1951 College Captain Noel Purcell made his way to the Bundoora Campus to donate his old school blazer to the Heritage Centre.

    This week, a little over a fortnight after Noel's passing at the age of 87, son Simon, himself an Old Paradian of the Class of 1978, paid the Centre a visit to graciously donate more of Noel’s Parade possessions.

    Simon, the founding Director and Principal of Purcell Partners law firm, handed three trophies to the College Archivist Matthew Roberts – one earned by Noel some seventy years ago as College Captain and two for his triumphs in College tennis in 1950 and ’51; together with a pennant earned as the 100-yard and 220-yard A Grade Open Athletics Championships winner in the ’50 season.

    Simon also donated a magnificent black and white photograph of his father chesting the tape in his Lynch singlet, quite possibly in that 100-yard event.




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  • RACV City Club luncheon

    Join Daniel Spitty (2002) CEO of Everperform, the guest speaker at the RACV City Club 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 former students 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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  • Annual General Meeting

    Notice is hereby given that the Old Paradians’ Association inc. Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 15 March 2021 at 7.30pm.
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  • Business & Trade Breakfast

    Further information to be advised subject to COVID-19 Restrictions
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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.