Parade College

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Parade College
Parade College Logo.svg
Coordinates37°41′30″S 145°4′11″E / 37.69167°S 145.06972°E / -37.69167; 145.06972Coordinates: 37°41′30″S 145°4′11″E / 37.69167°S 145.06972°E / -37.69167; 145.06972
TypeIndependent, single-sex (male)
MottoLatin: Tenetes Traditiones
(Hold fast the traditions)
DenominationRoman Catholic, Christian Brothers
PrincipalDr. Denis J Moore CFC
CampusBundoora (years 7-12)
Preston (years 7-12)
Colour(s)Purple, green and 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 four 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 premises in East Melbourne were 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 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[edit]

  • Gavan McCormack, Asian languages and affairs academic
  • Walter De Backer (Gotye), singer and musician
  • Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens and Senator for Victoria
  • Terry Moran AC, Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Andrew Robb AO MP, Commonwealth Shadow Minister for Finance and Debt Reduction, and former Howard Government Minister
  • 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
  • Sir Bernard Callinan CBE, DSO, MC, Commanding Officer, 20th Australian Infantry Battalion, the Pacific
  • Vice-Admiral Sir John Augustine Collins KBE, CB, Captain, HMAS Sydney; Commodore, HMA China Fleet
  • Major General Andrew James (Jim) Molan AO, DSC, Australian Defence College, 1st Division, 1st Brigade, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment
  • Michael Kenneth Pratt, George Cross recipient for bravery (and Australia's only living Medal recipient)
  • Adam Dale, Australian Cricketer
  • Gary Honey, Silver Medalist, long jump, 1984 Los Angeles Olympiad, dual Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
  • Jarrod Molloy, Australian Rules Football player, Collingwood/Brisbane
  • Massimo Murdocca, Association Football player, Brisbane Roar/Melbourne City
  • Tony Sneazwell, Australian high-jumper, 1964 Tokyo Olympiad, 1968 Mexico Olympiad
  • Jade Gresham, Australian Rules Football player, St Kilda


Bundoora campus[edit]

Accommodates approximately 1600 students in years 7-12 with VCE, VET, VCAL.

  • 3 Football / cricket ovals
  • 2 Soccer pitches (one synthetic, one grass)
  • Athletics track
  • 6 Tennis courts
  • 2 Hockey fields
  • Cricket net
  • College Hall (indoor sporting facility)
  • The Great Hall (2 basketball courts, 2000+ seating capacity)
  • The Atrium (basketball court, table-tennis tables, badminton nets)
  • Canteen
  • Change rooms and showers
  • Greening Auditorium (examination hall)
  • 2 Multi-purpose rooms
  • On-site fitness centre
  • Change rooms and showers
  • Alphington Court (multipurpose sports area)
  • Edmund Rice Complex (ERC)
  • Classrooms
  • Science labs (senior)
  • Canteen (senior) with a dedicated George Foreman Grill
  • Mt Sion Complex
  • Classrooms
  • 1 Drama room
  • 2 Art rooms
  • 2 Science labs
  • Dedicated VCE study centre
  • Careers Centre
  • 3 Multi-purpose rooms
  • 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
  • Edmund Rice Trade Training Centre
  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Building and construction
  • Scaffolding
  • Rivergum Theatre (350+ seating capacity, full theatre lighting and sound systems)
  • 2 Dressing rooms (with mirrors, sinks, toilets and showers)
  • Canteen
  • Nash Learning Centre (multi-level library/resource centre)
  • 2 Recording studios
  • Reading pit
  • Innovation Lab (maker space)
  • Nolan Court (amphitheatre)
  • Quadrangle

Preston campus[edit]

Accommodates approximately 350 students in years 7-9 and VCAL.

  • Soccer / cricket oval
  • 6 Tennis courts
  • 2 Basketball courts
  • Penola Theatre
  • Mackillop Centre (multipurpose hall)
  • Callan Building
  • Science labs
  • Woodwork / metalwork rooms
  • Kilkenny Building
  • Classrooms
  • VCAL facilities
  • Canteen
  • Rice Building
  • Classrooms
  • Caroline Chisholm Learning Centre
  • Arundel Place (plumbing centre)
  • Quadrangle

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