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OUR STORIES

  • Flick the pages of the 1965 edition of The Paradian and you’ll find Valentino Stella’s name prominent in the matriculation results of the previous year. The record shows that Master V.J. Stella passed with First Class Honours in Pure Mathematics and Physics; and Second Class Honours in Calculus and applied Mathematics, as well as Chemistry.

    Ten years ago, Professor Val Stella (BPharm 1968, HonLLD 1997) was awarded the Takeru Higuchi Research Prize, which recognises the highest accomplishments in pharmaceutical sciences and is open to researchers from around the world.

    Professor Stella was so honoured for his significant research contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences including the novelty and originality of his research programs; his success in translating the findings into commercial products that are being used clinically to treat humans; the impact of his research findings on the industrial scientists who are responsible for discovering drugs and developing drug formulations; and his dedication and commitment to teaching and mentoring student pharmacists and visiting scientists.
  • Just as it found a way through the previous pandemic of 101 years past, the Old Paradians’ Association recalibrated in response to the enormous challenges posed by COVID-19.

    With the exceptions of the February 12 and March 8 mid-week Luncheons at the RACV City Club - and the annual East Melbourne-Bundoora Bike Ride which coincided with Parade College’s Open Day on February 16 – all social events planned for 2020 were thwarted by the Victorian Government lockdowns imposed as the virus took hold.

    By late March, when the cursed virus first cast its deadly shadow across the city by the Yarra, pre-planned functions - from the traditional mid-week monthly luncheons at the RACV City Club, through to the Veterans’ Lunch, High Tea and Business Breakfast events, and the Final-Year Reunions of 1960, ’70, ’80, ’90 and 2000 - were all abandoned.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • RACV City Club luncheon

    Join CEO of Everperform, Daniel Spitty (2002) as our Guest Speaker at the February 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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  • OPA Bike Ride

    Join past and present students, parents and teachers on our community bike ride. The ride begins at Parade Preston and takes in the Old East Melbourne and Alphington Campuses, ending at Parade Bundoora for Open Day. Riders may also commence at Alphington for a shorter distance.
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  • 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 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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