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  • ​The Old Paradians’ Association has inducted Peter Bedford into the Hall of Fame, on the 50th anniversary of his Brownlow Medal victory for competition fairest and best.

    Peter, affectionately known as ‘Wheels’, was notified in writing by the Association President Paul Shannon on behalf of the committee.

    “This is quite incredible. It’s an unbelievable honour. I don’t quite know what to say. Perhaps I could say thankyou to the President and the committee,” Peter said.

    Only last November, and with the assistance of his late wife Lynne’s grandson Nate Anderson, Peter cut the ribbon to formally open the Peter Bedford Centre - a newly-built sporting facility at Parade’s Bundoora campus.

    “I’m totally overwhelmed,” Peter told the audience, amongst them his older brother and fellow OP Brian, after cutting the ribbon at the time.

    “It’s an incredible honour, to be recognised in this way by my old school. I am truly indebted to Parade, it has always been a great part of my life.”
  • Each year we celebrate and formally farewell our Year 12 class at our Valete (Latin: Farewell) Evening. With restrictions currently still in place due to COVID-19, it would appear that we will need to plan for a virtual ceremony. We are committed to celebrating this year whilst they are Year 12s as it is a significant rite of passage that is diminished with delay.

    On Thursday 29th October, I invite each of you on that day to wear a touch of Parade: an Old Paradians tie, or scarf, or beanie or anything purple, green or blue.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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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  • Class of 1990, 30 Year Reunion

    Further details to be advised due to Covid-19 restrictions
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  • 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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