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Parade College

Parade College
Latin: Tenetes Traditiones
Hold fast the traditions
Bundoora & Preston, Victoria
Type Independent, Single-sex
Denomination Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers
Established 1871
Principal Denis J. Moore
Years 7-12
Enrolment 1,863
Campus Bundoora (years 7-12)
Preston (years 7-9)
Colour(s) Purple, Green, Blue               

Parade College is a Catholic all-boys multi-campus secondary school, run under the auspices of the Congregation of Christian Brothers and Edmund Rice Education Australia. The school has two campuses in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria; one at Bundoora; the other, eight kilometres away at Preston.

The school was founded by 5 Christian Brothers in January 1871 They had taught for two years in a small school behind St Francis’ Church in Lonsdale Street before moving into the bluestone building in Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. The school's official name was CBC East Melbourne but it was generally known as Parade College. About one hundred boys enrolled on the first day and this number grew steadily over the years. This building was affectionately known as the "Old Bluestone Pile" and the school song takes its name from this building.

Eventually in 1953 it became necessary to move the junior classes to a site newly acquired by the Old Paradians Association at Alphington. In 1968 further expansion was necessary and the college moved to a site of 80 acres (32 ha) on Plenty Road, Bundoora. The old school in East Melbourne was taken over by Cathedral College (this school closed in 1995). In 1988, the junior classes at Alphington were moved to Bundoora and all three campuses occupied the spacious grounds large enough to give each campus its own recreational areas. In 2009 Parade opened a second campus in Preston. This had formerly been a long-established school, Marist College Preston which had been renamed Redden College before becoming Samaritan Catholic College. This new campus of Parade Years offers 7–9 classes as well as the Year 10 Edmund Rice Pathways Program and Year 11 VCAL studies.

Today, the college has almost 1900 students in Years 7–12 across both the Bundoora and the Preston campuses. The four houses (mainly used for sporting purposes) of the school are named after the founding Brothers: Treacy (Yellow), Hughes (Blue), Bodkin (Red) and Lynch (Green). The school is a member of the Associated Catholic Colleges. Its "old boy" association is the Old Paradians. The school's sporting colours are purple, green and blue, which also feature in the lyrics of the school war-cry.


  • Notable Alumni 1
  • Facilities 2
    • Bundoora campus 2.1
    • Preston campus 2.2
  • External links 3

Notable Alumni

  • Paul Cheel, ACC record holder for 100m sprint, Current Teacher
  • Walter De Backer (Gotye), Australian Music Artist
  • Massimo Murdocca, Association Football player, Brisbane Roar
  • Peter Bedford, Australian Rules Football, Sth Melbourne - 1970 Brownlow Medalist
  • Trent Cotchin, Australian Rules Football player, Richmond captain
  • Ben Johnson, Australian Rules Football player, Collingwood
  • Daniel Harford, Australian Rules Football player, Hawthorn
  • Adam Pattison, Australian Rules Football player, Richmond/St Kilda/Hawthorn
  • Patrick Veszpremi, Australian Rules Football player, Sydney/Western Bulldogs
  • Ricky Dyson, Australian Rules Football player, Essendon
  • Robert Hyde, Australian Rules Football player, Collingwood
  • Jarrod Molloy, Australian Rules Football player, Collingwood/Brisbane
  • Sergio Silvagni, Australian Rules Football player, Carlton
  • Blake Caracella, Australian Rules Football player, Essendon/Collingwood
  • Brad Boyd, Australian Rules Football player, Fitzroy's last club captain
  • Andrew Eccles, Australian Rules Football player, Adelaide/Carlton
  • Adam Dale, Australian Cricketer
  • Michael Lewis, Australian Cricketer
  • Daniel Mirecki, Victorian Hockey player, Australian Development Squad
  • General John Stuart Baker, AC, DSM, Australian army general; Chief of the Australian Defence Force 1995-1998; and Director of the Defence Intelligence Organisation 1990-92
  • Professor Barry Blake, MA, PhD, FAHA, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities
  • John Borrack, Fellowship Diploma Fine Arts (RMIT), noted Australian artist
  • Professor Desmond Cahill OAM, Professor of Intercultural Studies, School of Global Studies, Social Science & Planning, RMIT
  • Sir Bernard James Callinan CBE, DSO, MC, Commanding Officer, 20th Australian Infantry Battalion, the Pacific
  • Major-General John Austin Chapman CB, DSO, Quarter Master General, Australian Military Forces
  • Vice-Admiral Sir John Augustine Collins KBE, CB, Captain, HMAS Sydney; Commodore, HMA China Fleet
  • Professor David J Connor, DAgr Sc, PhD, FAIAST, international researcher
  • Associate Professor Peter Connor, BA Melb (Hons) MA Cantab., world authority on aspects of classical poetry and sculpture
  • Professor Robert Brian Crotty, Professor of Religion and Education, University of South Australia
  • Rev. Thomas Doyle AO, BComm, STD (honoris causa), FACE, MACEA, Director Catholic Ed (Melb), prominent figure in Australian education
  • Dr Michael Heffernan, BSc, MSc, PhD, researcher
  • Gary Honey, Silver Medalist, long jump, 1984 Los Angeles Olympiad, dual Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
  • Judge David Jones, LL.B, AM, Judge, County Court of Victoria
  • Judge Russell Lewis, LLB, Victorian County Court Judge
  • Squadron Leader David William McCormack, DFC, Bar, Commander of RAF fighter squadron, ‘Churchill’s Own’
  • Professor Gavan McCormack, LLB (Melb), PhD (London), world authority, Asian languages and affairs
  • Judge Michael Gerard McInerney, LLB, Victorian County Court Judge
  • Major General Andrew James (Jim) Molan AO, DSC, Australian Defence College, 1st Division, 1st Brigade, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
  • Terry Moran AC, Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Australia's most senior public servant.
  • Sir Norman O’Bryan Kt, judge
  • John X O’Driscoll OBE, judge
  • Andrew Robb AO MP, Commonwealth Shadow Minister for Finance and Debt Reduction, and former Howard Government Minister
  • Tony Sneazwell, Australian high-jumper, 1964 Tokyo Olympiad, 1968 Mexico Olympiad
  • Greg Jones ASM Coach Australian Paralympic Team 1996-2008


Bundoora campus

Accommodates students in years 7-12 with VCE, VET, VCAL.

  • 2 Football / cricket ovals
  • 2 Soccer pitches (one synthetic, one grass)
  • Athletics track
  • 6 Tennis courts
  • 2 Hockey fields
  • Cricket nets
  • The Great Hall (2 basketball courts, 2000+ seating capacity)
  • The Auditorium (basketball court, table-tennis tables, badminton nets)
  • Greening Auditorium (fitness centre)
  • Alphington Court (multipurpose sports area)
  • Edmund Rice Complex (ERC)
  • Classrooms
  • Science labs (senior)
  • Canteen (senior)
  • Mt Sion Complex
  • Classrooms
  • 1 Drama room
  • 2 Art room
  • Waterford Building
  • Classroom
  • 2 Science labs (junior)
  • Music department (2 classrooms, recording studios)
  • Yarangabee Centre
  • 2 Food technology kitchens (one industrial, one standard)
  • Canteen (junior)
  • Monagle Technology Centre
  • Woodwork, metalwork, robotics rooms

Preston campus

Accommodates students in years 7-9 and VCAL.

  • Soccer / cricket oval
  • Penola Theatre
  • Mackillop Centre (multipurpose hall)
  • Callan Building
  • Science labs
  • Woodwork / metalwork rooms
  • Kilkenny Building
  • Classrooms
  • VCAL facilities
  • Rice Building
  • Classrooms
  • Rice Library

External links

  • Parade College, Bundoora
  • Old Paradians

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