Parade College

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Parade College
Parade College Logo.svg
Bundoora & Preston, Victoria
Coordinates 37°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
Type Independent, Single-sex
Motto Latin: Tenetes Traditiones
(Hold fast the traditions)
Denomination Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers
Established 1871
Principal Louie Sinkins, CFC
Years 7-12
Enrolment 1,863
Campus Bundoora (years 7-12)
Preston (years 7-9)
Colour(s) Red, Pink, Orange,               

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 five 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 (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[edit]


  • Professor Barry Blake, humanities academic
  • John Borrack, noted Australian artist and art academic
  • Desmond Cahill OAM, intercultural studies academic
  • David Connor, agricultural science academic
  • Associate Professor Peter Connor, classical poetry and sculpture academic
  • Robert Brian Crotty, theology academic
  • Thomas Doyle AO, Director of Catholic Education in Melbourne
  • Dr Michael Heffernan, science academic
  • Gavan McCormack, Asian languages and affairs academic
  • Kevin A Rickard AM, haematology academic
  • Poustin Mariathasan, academic in African American culture
  • Trevor Phillips, academic in social sciences and founder of Trevor Phillips Enterprises

The Arts, Media and Entertainment

Politics, Law and Government

  • Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Australian Greens and Senator for Victoria
  • David Jones AM, Victorian County Court Judge
  • Russell Lewis, Victorian County Court Judge
  • Michael Gerard McInerney, Victorian County Court Judge
  • , Moran AC, Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • 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


  • 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
  • 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
  • Squadron Leader David William McCormack, DFC, Bar, Commander of RAF fighter squadron, ‘Churchill’s Own’
  • 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)


  • Peter Bedford, Australian Rules Football, Sth Melbourne - 1970 Brownlow Medalist
  • Brad Boyd, Australian Rules Football player, Fitzroy's last club captain
  • Blake Caracella, Australian Rules Football player, Essendon
  • Trent Cotchin, Australian Rules Football player, Richmond captain
  • Adam Dale, Australian Cricketer
  • Ricky Dyson, Australian Rules Football player, Essendon
  • Andrew Eccles, Australian Rules Football player, Adelaide/Carlton
  • Daniel Harford, Australian Rules Football player, Hawthorn
  • Gary Honey, Silver Medalist, long jump, 1984 Los Angeles Olympiad, dual Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
  • Robert Hyde, Australian Rules Football player, Collingwood
  • Ben Johnson, Australian Rules Football player, Collingwood
  • Greg Jones ASM, Coach, Australian Paralympic Team 1996-2008
  • Michael Lewis, Australian Cricketer
  • Daniel Mirecki, Victorian Hockey player, Australian Development Squad
  • Jarrod Molloy, Australian Rules Football player, Collingwood/Brisbane
  • Massimo Murdocca, Association Football player, Brisbane Roar/Melbourne City
  • Adam Pattison, Australian Rules Football player, Richmond/St Kilda/Hawthorn
  • Peter Read, Australian middleweight boxing champion, 1959
  • Sergio Silvagni, Australian Rules Football player, Carlton
  • Tony Sneazwell, Australian high-jumper, 1964 Tokyo Olympiad, 1968 Mexico Olympiad
  • Patrick Veszpremi, Australian Rules Football player, Sydney/Western Bulldogs
  • Jade Gresham, Australian Rules Football player, St Kilda
  • Sahil Lobo, Rookie Pokemon Go player, 2016
  • Shurane Vijayaram (Krishnan), Winner Aussie Millions Poker Championship, 2017


Bundoora campus[edit]

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 net
  • The Great Hall (2 basketball courts, 2000+ seating capacity)
  • The Auditorium (basketball court, table-tennis tables, badminton nets)
  • Greening Auditorium
  • On-site 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
  • Dedicated VCE study 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
  • Multiple places to fall in love

Preston campus[edit]

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

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