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The best stories are true – and here at Old Paradians central you’ll find a plethora of tales featuring members of our alumni and the great work that they are doing within their respective communities. The latest Association happenings – from Reunions, to Luncheons and from Award Presentations to Gala Dinners - are also featured, to best reflect a truly vibrant Old Paradians network.

  • CLASS OF 2007 RECONVENES
    ​Ten years on, 30 members of Parade’s final year class of 2007 recently returned to the College to fly the flag for the remaining 270 who couldn’t make it back.

    Ben Anderson, p...
  • SO LONG ‘SAGEY’, GONE TOO SOON
    ​Back in June 2011, the Old Paradians’ Association convened an inaugural gathering of former captains of Parade’s 1st XVIII teams through seven decades of College life.
    Twenty-eight...
  • OPs ASSIST COLLEGE’S YEAR 11 VCAL STUDENTS
    The following is a message from Parade College Director Pathways Education and Old Paradians’ Association committeeman, John Nicholls;

    Each year The Year 11 VCAL students under...
  • OP RECRUITS WELCOMED AS PRE-SEASON NEARS
    ​On the eve of the 2018 pre-season campaign, Old Paradians footballers and coaches have come together at funky Thornbury locale Joanie’s Bareto - a football club sponsor through its own...
  • “I’M ON THE WORLD GAME’S DOORSTEP,” SAYS JOE
    ​Back in July, Joe Montemurro stood in the Hickey Foyer at Parade’s Bundoora Campus, reminiscing with the likes of Angelo Sticca and Clinton Moran at the 30-year reunion of his final ye...
  • VALE VERN - VIETNAM VETERAN, OLD PARADIAN
    ​Vernon (‘Vern’) Cazaly, a final year Parade College student of 1963, and one of 51 Old Paradians known to have served in the Vietnam War, died recently in Devonport at the age of 71.
  • UNFLAPPABLE ‘GRIFFO’ WARMLY REMEMBERED
    John Griffiths, an Old Paradian whose long and dedicated commitment to the Association’s football club as Committeeman and Secretary was rewarded with Life Membership, has died at the a...
  • INAUGURAL CAPTAIN REFLECTS ON PARADE’S FIRST UNION XV
    ​Nineteen hundred and sixty-seven co-incided with the final year of Parade’s East Melbourne existence – and yet in the sporting sphere it heralded a genuine first.

    For 1967 was...
  • OPA ACKNOWLEDGES LUCAS’ SENSE OF COMMUNITY
    ​The two previous recipients of the Old Paradians’ Association’s Community Service Award were amongst guests at Eltham’s Ballara Receptions on Friday, when Lucas Zugaro (2013) was named...
  • CAPTAIN’S KIN LINKS BOUND BY BUNDOORA
    ​Parade College life, it’s fair to say, has come full circle for Damian Casamento.

    In the Greening Auditorium way back in 1982, Damian was amongst the hundreds of students hang...
  • COACHES SOUGHT FOR 2018
    The following notice was forwarded to the Old Paradians’ Association by the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club

    The Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Clu...
  • HOLLYWOOD OR BUST - THE MICK MAGUIRE STORY
    ​In July this year, Old Paradians Central took a phonecall from the Sydney-based author Michael Adams.

    Michael was seeking any information and/or images in the College’s archiv...
  • KOLENDA DELIVERS INSIGHTFUL BREAKFAST ADDRESS
    ​Mortgage broker John Kolenda (1982) has addressed the Old Paradians’ Association’s final business breakfast for the season at Ikon Park.

    John, domiciled in Sydney for the past...
  • REVEALED! OPA’S FLORENTINE CONNECTION
    Funny how the OPA seems to find a way to connect with its own ones, no matter where they may be in the world.

    A case in point involves Peter Gilmartin, a final year student of ...
  • GOLF DAY CONFIRMED FOR ALPHINGTON, NOVEMBER 27
    The Old Paradians’ Association’s Annual Golf Day has been pencilled in for Monday, November 27, with Latrobe Golf Club in leafy Alphington the sublime venue.

    The event is in i...
  • OP ELLIOTT IN HISTORY-MAKING CYCLING TRIUMPH
    ​Nathan Elliott, a final year student of Parade College in 2008, has ridden his way into cycling history, becoming the first man to win back-to-back Melbourne to Warrnambool cycling cla...
  • ​ PATRONS RAISE A GLASS (OR THREE) AT WINE-TASTING
    A colourful host, delightful venue and the sheer power of the grape – three irresistible elements which conspired to ensure a healthy turnout of Paradians young and old, and their partn...
  • SIMON SAYS – O’DONNELL ON SONG AT OPA LUNCHEON
    ​Simon O’Donnell has reflected on his schoolboy and Amateur football run-ins with Parade and the Old Paradians in delivering a spirited address at the recent Association Luncheon in Mel...
  • OPA TO LAUNCH BUSINESS DIRECTORY FRIDAY
    ​The Old Paradians’ Association is to launch its new-look business directory at next Friday’s final Business Breakfast for the year at Ikon Park.

    The directory, which will serv...
  • BOOK NOW FOR KOLENDA’S KEYNOTE ADDRESS
    In the market for a new home? Seeking the best advice on a loan? Then you’re urged to book for the Old Paradians’ Association’s October 20 Business Breakfast when OP and Sydney-based mo...
  • OPS FRONT UP FOR FOOTBALL'S BIG WEEK
    Pictured here at a recent function at the Hyatt on the Park are proud Old Paradians who made their mark in their careers as League footballers – from left to right the Collingwood Premi...
  • VALE TOM HAZELL – A WORKING LIFE WELL LIVED
    Thomas Hazell AO KHS KM, a final year student of Parade College’s class of 1954, has died at the age of 80.

    The son of Thomas Hazell sen. and Nora Josephine Dooley, Tom was bor...
  • COTCHIN CAPTAINS HIS WAY INTO HISTORY
    Trent Cotchin has completed the short, history-making walk to the podium, becoming the first Old Paradian in 120 years of VFL/AFL competition to raise the cup as a Premiership-winning c...
  • ​ OP GUINANE COMMENDS COTCHIN, CARACELLA
    The Old Paradian ‘Paddy’ Guinane – a member of Richmond’s 1967 Premiership twenty and the club’s Reserve Grade Coach in the Tigers’ last Premiership season of 1980, has acknowledged the...
  • O'DONNELL CONFIRMS FOR OPA LUNCHEON
    ​The Old Paradians' Association has confirmed Simon O'Donnell as Guest Speaker for its upcoming monthly Luncheon at RACV Melbourne City Club on October 11.

    Simon is a former Au...
  • FREE-SPIRITED WARREN SYNON REMEMBERED
    ​Old Paradians make an impression in many ways. So it was with Warren Synon, a final year student of Parade College’s class of 1981 who died recently after battling cancer.

    War...
  • ​ FINAL YEAR STUDENTS OF ’97 RETURN
    Twenty-eight members of Parade’s Class of 1997 returned to the Bundoora Campus recently, 20 years after they last lugged their schoolbags to and from the College.

    Joining the r...
  • TO LEO WITH LOVE – '85ers LAUD LEO DE GRANDIS
    ​The late Leo De Grandis was a much-loved person. We know this through the wonderful tributes paid to Leo, amongst them those from old Parade classmates of his final year of 1985.
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  • WESTMINSTER THE VENUE FOR TIES THAT BIND
    ​Pictured here proudly sporting the latest incoming shipment of association neckties are members of the Old Paradians’ London chapter on the occasion of John Ramsdale’s recent visit to ...
  • ​JOHN KOLENDA (1982) TO ADDRESS OPA BREAKFAST
    John Kolenda (Parade 1982) is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Finsure Group, one of Australia’s largest mortgage broking and financial planning groups. Finsure was establish...
  • CLASS WITH GLASS - WINE-TASTING WITH PHIL HUDE
    The Old Paradians’ Association has great pleasure in again convening its much-anticipated wine-tasting event – “Class with Glass” – in Melbourne’s leafy east on the evening of Friday, O...
  • OPs GO DOWN FIGHTING AT DE LA
    ​The Old Paradians fought the good fight, but were unfortunately overrun in the final quarter of Sunday’s D2 Preliminary Final against West Brunswick at De La Salle’s Waverley Oval.
  • SIXTY YEARS ON . . . CLASS OF ’57 REUNITES
    ​Sixty years ago they shared desks at the Old Bluestone Pile in East Melbourne. Today, 14 members of Parade’s final year class of 1957 sat down at their tables again - only this time to...
  • CLASS OF 1990 JOINS THE MANY IN MOURNING ‘GRIFF’
    ​Members of Parade’s final year class of 1990 are expected to be amongst the many mourners attending a requiem mass for the Old Paradian Dr. David Griffiths, at Ballarat’s St Patrick’s ...
  • ALISTAIR’S LUNCHEON CALL TO ARMS
    The Old Paradians’ Association Luncheon has been held every second Wednesday of the month since 1936. It is, quite possibly, the oldest continuous Luncheon in the world.

    For th...
  • SURVIVING PATTERSON’S CURSE – BY JASON McGREGOR
    ​Many a tale was told at the recently-convened 30-year reunion of Parade’s final year class of ’87, but few more vivid than Jason McGregor’s. That Jason was in the house to wax lyrical ...
  • MEMORIES OF A “BLOND-HEADED SO AND SO” – JOHN JOSS TELLS
    John Joss – Vietnam veteran, long-serving Parade College teacher and recently-named Honorary Old Paradian – has splendidly reflected on his life and times as Guest Speaker of the Old Pa...
  • 80 YEAR-OLD MATCHBOX A LUCKY STRIKE FOR OPA
    ​An 80 year-old Old Paradians’ Association-marked matchbox – an apparent throwback to the Association’ Annual Dinner of late 1936 – has been handed in to the College archive.

    T...
  • COMMUNITY BANDS TOGETHER FOR KATH
    Tributes continue to pour in for the late Kathryn (“Kath”) O’Connor, the long-serving, much-admired and respected teacher, who died last Thursday at the age of 64.

    Fellow teach...
  • ST JOHN’S HEIDELBERG PRIMARY SCHOOL REUNION, SEPTEMBER 15
    ​If you had a run with the Bergs in the days of Parade’s hard-fought Pensa footy competition then there’s a fair chance you completed your primary schooling at St John’s in Heidelberg.<...
  • 30 YEARS ON, CLASS OF ’87 RECONVENES
    ​Members of Parade’s final year class of 1987 have celebrated the 30th anniversary of their final year with gusto, at a reunion recently held at the Bundoora Campus.

    A total of...
  • ONE MAN’S QUEST TO HONOUR OPs WHO FELL
    ​A few weeks ago, Craig Sandford emailed Old Paradians Central from London to advise that he would shortly be making a pilgrimage to France and Belgium.

    Craig wrote to ask if t...
  • HOW LONDON CALLED FOR CRAIG SANDFORD
    Reservoir is a long, long way from London where Craig Sandford and his wife of almost 20 years now live and work, and from where the former forwarded this latest correspondence. As a pa...
  • ​ “JUST DOING MY JOB” – MICHAEL PRATT TELLS
    Michael Kenneth Pratt GC (born 15 November 1954) is a former constable (no. 18182) of the Victoria Police Force of Melbourne, Australia, and a recipient of the George Cross, gazetted on...
  • REMEMBERING ADRIAN CALLINAN
    Adrian Callinan, a final year Parade College student of 1941, and father to Old Paradians Paul (1970), Chris (1972) and Damian (1982), has died the day before his 93rd birthday. One of ...
  • OP APPOINTED TO TAKE HARNESS RACING FORWARD
    Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has confirmed the appointment of Old Paradian Glen Canty (1987) to the role of HRV General Manager – Racing, effective Monday, July 17.



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  • 40 YEARS ON, CLASS OF ’77 RECONVENES
    ​Thirty-five members of the final year class of 1977 recently returned to Parade’s Bundoora Campus for what was a boisterous 40-year reunion in the Hickey Foyer (and later the Frank Mou...
  • OLD PARADIAN DANDIES SIGHTED AT ROYAL ASCOT
    ​Recently pictured at Royal Ascot are three men about town - the Old Paradians Bill Gibbins (1963), Gerard Walsh (1973) and Dale McCann (1979).







  • DOM GETS NOD IN VAFA’S BEST SINCE ’67
    Dominic Spillane, a final year Parade College student of the class of 1979, has been named on a wing in Herald Sun sports journalist Jon Anderson’s recently-named team of the greatest V...
  • Br. GREENING MEMORIAL SERVICE
    A memorial service for Br. William Greening is to be held in the College Chapel at the Bundoora Campus, Plenty Road, commencing 8.10am this Friday, June 23.





  • VALE Br. GREENING, BUNDOORA’S FIRST PRINCIPAL
    Br. Bill Greening, Parade College Bundoora’s Principal in its historic inaugural year of 1968, has died in Sydney five days after his 90th birthday.
  • NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR OPA AWARDS
    The Old Paradians' Association calls for nominations for its many and varied annual awards through 2017 and beyond.
  • OPs McCROHAN, O’MEARA AWARDED OAMs
    Two Old Paradians – Paul McCrohan (1963) and the College Captain Michael O’Meara (1965) – have been recognised for their achievements in the most recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
  • VALE HILARY O’CONNELL - OP, NAVAL OFFICER
    Hilary O’Connell, an Old Paradian who later served with the Royal Australian Navy in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam, has died at the age of 89.

  • OLD PARADIANS URGED TO BACK THE BIG SLEEP
    One is a legend of the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club; the other a final year Parade student of the class of ’87 - and together Brendon Considine and Steve Nailer are ...
  • LOU’S TAKE ON JOCK, PHONSE AND BILL
    The late Lou Richards’ senior playing career encompassed 250 matches through 15 seasons at Collingwood – beginning and ending under the watch of Jock McHale and Phonse Kyne, both Old Pa...
  • A FACE IN THE CROWD
    The following story was recently forwarded to OPA Central by Noel Vincent, a final year student of the Class of ’63. Noel’s story relates to his involvement with Parade College’s celebr...
  • ANTONI JACH HONORED, INSPIRES FUTURE WRITERS
    Antoni Jach, a final year student of the class of 1973, recently returned to Parade College to accept the Distinguished Old Paradian Award and to present a newly-struck writer’s award i...
  • NEW MURAL FEATURES PARADE STORY FRONT AND CENTRE
    A recently-commissioned mural depicting almost 150 years of Parade College life, and featuring students both past and present, now takes pride of place in the newly-built Reception area...
  • DALE GIVES BACK TO PARADE AND THE OPA
    Adam Dale – Parade College’s only post-World War II Test cricketer - came armed with his precious baggy green in addressing the Old Paradians’ Association Business Breakfast at Ikon Par...
  • MULDOON FINALE ENDS PARADE’S CHORAL CONNECTION
    Patrick Muldoon is an Old Paradian. He completed his Year 9 schooling level at Parade Preparatory College in 1969 and his sons Sean (1994) and twins Brendan and Adrian (1999) are former...
  • A MESSAGE FROM PARADE COLLEGE TEACHER DIGBY MORRELL
    Dear one and all,

    Eddie’s Backpacks is a student-led initiative. We are reaching out to community leaders, organisations and businesses to help support this campaign.

    ...
  • OPA BACKS COLLEGE PROGRAM
    The Old Paradians’ Association, in conjunction with the Parents of Parade, is to support Parade College’s Learning Partnership Program (LAPP), which will, through the year encompass cou...
  • FORMER TEACHERS HONOURED BY OPA
    The Old Paradians’ Association has honoured two of the College’s former teachers Barbara Bibby and Patricia (Rooney) Joss, with joint presentations of its Woman of Distinction Award.
  • PARADE COMMITS TO SENIOR SPORT ACADEMY
    Parade College is to establish a Senior Sport Academy to provide students with the opportunity to develop the physical, social and emotional aspects of their life.

    Commencing i...
  • DALE IN BUSINESS BREAKFAST Q & A
    Former Australian and one-day international cricketer Adam Dale – Parade’s only Test representative of the post-World War II period - is to address the Old Paradians’ Association’s upco...
  • FORMER TEACHERS TO BE HONOURED BY OPA
    The Old Paradians’ Association is to honour two of the College’s former teachers Barbara Bibby and Patricia (Rooney) Joss - pictured here overseeing a students basketball match in 1973 ...
  • McNIECE FOLLOW’S IN FOGARTY’S FOOTSTEPS
    In running out onto the MCG on Anzac Day, Essendon debutant Ben McNiece becomes the 107th Old Paradian known to have played senior League football in the 119 years since Tom Fogarty fir...
  • POSTCARD FROM FINLAND – STEVEN’S STORY
    The Old Paradians’ social media network has served and continues to serve as the conduit between the Association and its network of former students whether near or far.
  • IF I CAN MAKE IT THERE – SCOTT’S STORY
    Scott Pioro may be to the real world what Austin Powers is to world cinema - an international man of mystery and every bit as hip as Mike Myers’ alter ego.

    For the final year P...
  • KYRIACOU FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR FIRST CURTAIN CALL
    The 2007 school year must seem like a lifetime ago for Old Paradian Nicholas Kyriacou. But between recent rehearsals for the spectacularly-successful musical Kinky Boots, Nicholas found...
  • OLD CLASSMATES REMEMBER MICHAEL FITZPATRICK
    Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, an Old Paradian whose distinguished career as a public servant in part involved close working ties with the late Senator John Button and the Hawke Government, h...
  • HELP KEEP WORLD’S LONGEST LUNCH GOING
    In October 1936, after acting on the advice of the then Principal Brother TB Garvey, the Old Paradians’ Association held the first of its regular monthly Luncheons - at Buckley and Nunn...
  • The story of Tuan Trong Trinh
    “When I think back now to when I was young the most important thing were the influences - those people around you. For me and the Vietnamese boys we were so lucky we were taken in by Pa...
  • SHINGLER FAMILY ACCEPTS ROBERT’S TENETE AWARD
    Members of the Shingler family have joined more than 70 Old Paradians at the annual Christmas Luncheon, in honouring the association’s former Secretary and President the late Robert Shi...
  • Pratt clan back for Jack's big day
    It was back to the future for the Pratt clan recently, with 12 year-old Jack Pratt fronting up for his first day at the Bundoora Campus as a Year 7 Parade College student, and upholding...
  • Phil McLaughlin honoured by OPA
    The Old Paradians’ Association has honoured the memory of its football club’s greatest player Phillip McLaughlin, in posthumously naming him an Honorary Old Paradian – on the same day D...
  • The two Johnnies awarded Honorary OPs
    Few can say they have given more to Parade than John Joss and John Nicholls – and this week, in recognition of their collective contributions of more than 70 years to the College as tea...
  • Bulldogs’ first mascot is OP Jack
    With 2016 now consigned to football history as the “Year of the Dog”, Old Paradian Jack Moore (1947) thought the timing right to share this Footscray team photograph of 1934.
  • Lord of the Dance - Francis' Story
    “It always annoys me when I see a report on the nightly news that a footballer has strained a hamstring when I’ve danced through with stress fractures in my feet. I can’t drop on a foot...
  • Old Paradians gain from junior investment
    The Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club is now reaping the rewards of its investment in the game at junior level, with Marcus Nolan, a recent under 19s graduate, awarded th...
  • OP Peloton finds its way home
    Members of the Old Paradians’ Premiership winning team, together with fathers, sons and former students of Parade, were amongst the cyclists who completed the OPA’s Annual Alphington-Bu...
  • Bedford welcomes Cotchin to the club
    Richmond captain Trent Cotchin is now part of Parade College’s Australian Rules elite, as only the second Old Paradian in the 92-year history of the Brownlow Medal count (the other is S...
  • Alex acknowledged for community service
    “I’m feeling humbled. This award is very much appreciated and I thankyou all.”

    So says Alex Fabiani, a final year Parade College student of 1976 and this year’s recipient of th...
  • John Wegner AO inducted into OPA Hall of Fame
    John Wegner AO, one of this nation’s most renowned operatic Heldenbaritones, is the 2016 inductee into the Old Paradians’ Association Hall of Fame. A final year student of Parade’s clas...
  • Adam’s story - from Bundoora to the big screen
    “Versatile in ability, focused in delivery.” Go to Adam La Rosa’s website and you’ll find these six words, which in part tell the whole of the Old Paradian who between duties as an Eve...