Parade College

Parade College

Latin: Tenetes Traditiones
Hold fast the traditions
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
Denomination Roman Catholic, Christian Brothers
Established 1871
Principal Br. Denis J. Moore, CFC
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 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.

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Bundoora campus

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

  • On-site fitness centre
  • Classrooms
  • Science labs (senior)
  • Canteen (senior)
  • Classrooms
  • 1 Drama room
  • 2 Art room
  • Dedicated VCE study room
  • Classroom
  • 2 Science labs (junior)
  • Music department (2 classrooms, recording studios)
  • 2 Food technology kitchens (one industrial, one standard)
  • Canteen (junior)
  • Woodwork, metalwork, robotics rooms
  • Multiple places to fall in love

Preston campus

Accommodates students in years 7-9 and VCAL.

  • Science labs
  • Woodwork / metalwork rooms
  • Classrooms
  • VCAL facilities
  • Classrooms
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