An inaugural member of the Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC), we have teams participating in every ACC sports competition, at every level. The emphasis is very much on participation and enjoyment of a wide range of sporting activities.
The major sports we offer include: Athletics and Swimming carnivals, Cricket, Tennis, Volleyball, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Hockey and Table Tennis.
Music studies are a core part of Parade’s strong
focus on co-curricular activities. There is a dedicated Music Department
building as well as the newly refurbished state-of-the-art Rivergum Theatre
(with new Kawai grand piano). These are complemented by a recording studio
and the latest music software and equipment to assist learning across all
year levels. Our music students have every opportunity to experience the joy
of making music in all its forms.
A compulsory semester of Music in year 7 leads on to carefully structured
Music elective subjects from year 8. Options at VCE include Music
Performance (Solo), Music Industry Skills (MIS) and Music Styles (offered by
correspondence through the Distance Education Centre of Victoria).
Students may take private lessons at an additional cost with specialist
instrumental teachers on Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet,
Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Double Bass and Drums. Music Theory
lessons are also available. These lessons take place during class time on a
rotating timetable. Music lockers are available for students to store their
Students are encouraged to participate in the Bands Program. These ensembles
include the multiple award winning Big Band, Funksters, Classical Ensemble,
Senior Rock Band and the Allstars (a Year 7 and 8 training band). Concerts
are held regularly throughout the year, with highlights being the Big Band’s
annual tour to the Mt. Gambier Jazz Festival and participation in the
Melbourne School Bands’ Festival at Monash University. The "Carols Under the
Cross" concert each December has been a beloved event at Parade for many
years. Numerous excursions and intra school events occur on a regular
basis with Parade music students much in demand to perform for school
liturgies and assemblies, at primary schools and nursing homes. Students
participate in the ACC Music Workshops and the biannual ACC Accent on Music
Concert held in Hamer Hall.
The music staff of Mr. Martin Macaulay (Director of Music, VCE Music
Performance Coordinator, Classroom Music), Mr. Stuart Brownley (VCE MIS
Coordinator, Classroom Music, Woodwind), Mr. Luke Serrano (VCE Music Styles
Coordinator, Classroom Music, Woodwind/Theory), Mr. Jim Tsiambazis (Guitar,
Classroom Music), Ms. Delia Poon (Piano), Mr. Mark Skillington (Trumpet),
Mr. Marc Matthews (Trombone) and Mr. Dean Cooper (Drums) bring a wealth of
experience both as music educators and practitioners in the music industry
as performers, composers and sound technicians to their roles as mentors to
young musicians at Parade, Bundoora.
The Music Department at our Preston campus is led by Ms. Meagan Gaffney
(Coordinator of Music, Classroom Music), Ms. Terri Murley (Woodwind) and Mr.
Pino Bertolini (Drums). Classes in year 7 and 8 Music have commenced, while
opportunities for instrumental lessons and ensemble participation are also
available for students.
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Parade College has a proud history in Music
Theatre, with past productions including Oliver (1996), Godspell (1997),
Barnum (1998), The Pirates of Penzance (1999), Pippin (2000), Big (2001),
Jesus Christ Superstar (2002), Les Misérables (2003), Guys and Dolls (2004),
Chess (2005), Grease (2006), Fiddler on the Roof (2007). The inaugural
production in the new Rivergum Theatre was West Side Story (2008). Many past
productions and performers have been nominated for Music Theatre Guild
Students from all year levels are encouraged to participate either as
performers or backstage crew. Since 2006, the Parade College musical has
been conducted in association with Catholic Ladies’ College, Eltham.
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Nurturing strong ties with our local community
Parade prides itself on nurturing and maintaining strong links with our local community, in particular with those who are often overlooked such as the elderly and socio-economically disadvantaged. For more than 10 years, the Community Action Program has evolved to become an integral part of the College curriculum for all Year 10 students, and indeed the wider school community; encompassing staff and students from all year levels as well as parents and local businesses.
A strong culture has developed within the College that promotes service to the wider community as being something that our boys do without question or complaint. We are delighted to say that they do it extraordinarily well. Whether it be donating blood as part of the Red Cross “Blood For Life” program, tutoring refugee students in St Albans or donning an apron for an early morning stint on Eddie’s Big Brekky Van, Parade students are actively taking part in the wider community, and forging the next generation of socially aware and responsible young men.
Year 10 Community Action Program
This is a compulsory activity for all year 10 students, who spend one afternoon a week for one term of the year visiting groups in the local community.
Parade’s extensive and celebrated Community Action Program started with the Year 10 program, run in conjunction with the Red Cross Community Action program, which provides diaries, certificates, speakers and a way of connecting our students to a national and international voluntary organisation with which they can identify.
Students spend one afternoon each week for a term visiting nursing homes and special developmental schools. They play games, plant out vegetable gardens, run art and craft projects and even entertain with their myriad musical abilities! Prior to their initial visit, the students take part in a half day commissioning ceremony, which includes guest speakers to help them prepare for the challenges they may experience. Teaching staff regularly visit the students at their placements and are in constant contact with staff at the facilities to ensure the boys are performing and receiving any support they require.
Eddie's Big Brekky Van
Our much celebrated and popular Brekky Van program is now in its
5th year of operation. The Brekky Van team rolls up its sleeves every Tuesday morning during term time to cook breakfast for members of the local West Heidelberg/Olympic Village community who may otherwise go without. The Brekky Van program was honoured to win the 2007 Whittlesea Leader School Community Award.
An ambitious idea borne out of an acute sense of social
justice, the Brekky Van is one of Parade’s most popular Community Action
initiatives. Early every Tuesday morning during school term, a small team of
volunteer students and staff leave Parade in a mini-van laden with donated
breakfast goodies – bacon, eggs, sausages, bread, tea, coffee and Milo.
The Olympic Village Park, next to the local primary school in
West Heidelberg, was chosen as an appropriate location for the van to operate
from, and before long children on the way to school, parents and even some
nearby residents are warmly welcomed to a BBQ breakfast of bacon and eggs
cooking on the from 7.15am onwards.
The residents of West Heidelberg have come to look forward to the Brekky Van’s arrival each week
and friendships have developed with the young children. What started as a simple initiative to provide breakfast to local children and families has turned into something so much more – two seemingly disparate communities have become one, and they are both all the better for it. Without exception, the Parade students who have volunteered their time on the Brekky Van have had their eyes opened to the plight of others less fortunate than themselves, and have gone home with greater appreciation for the comfort in which they live, as well as a more empathetic view of the wider world.
Parade gratefully acknowledges the support of a number of very generous local businesses whose contributions each week make the Brekky Van possible: Baker’s Delight Bundoora; Growers Fresh Fruit & Veg Greensborough; Original Juice Company Mill Park; Greensborough Plaza Gourmet Meats; Spotless Catering (managers of Parade canteen).
Red Cross Blood For Life Program
Each term a small group of volunteers from our senior students attend the Northern Unit Blood Bank at the La Trobe Medical Centre to make a valuable blood donation. Accompanied by a staff member who also makes a donation, these visits are co-ordinated by our designated Year 12
"Blood For Life Ambassadors".
For each donation, the boys are aware that they help save the lives of at least three people. With an estimated 80% of Australians requiring a blood transfusion at some point in their lives, it’s not hard for the boys to see the community benefit of regularly donating blood.
St Albans Refugee Tutoring
Students from middle and senior levels volunteer on a weekly basis to spend a couple of hours after school tutoring refugee students from the western suburbs and helping them with their English.
Parade was the first school to offer assistance to school aged refugees and asylum seekers at the Edmund Rice Centre in St Albans in 2002. Students from Year 9 up visit each Monday and Wednesday after school on a voluntary basis, offering one-on-one homework help and vital English practice.
As word of the program grew, the number of St Albans students arriving at the centre for this vital tuition swelled, and the venue was changed to the local Uniting Church to accommodate the larger group. The refugee students are recent arrivals in Australia from Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia and other strife-torn countries around the globe. The personalised help these children receive in their school studies stretches well beyond the limited Government support they are offered and also provides another point of contact for the newly arrived students in their local community. Parade students see it as practical
way of providing 'social justice' for some of our most needy community members.
Elderly Christmas Party
The culmination of a full year's work by volunteer students from all year levels, over 200 elderly guests and their care givers are treated to a celebratory party like no other!
This annual event is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated of Parade’s Community Action initiatives. Student planning begins in February each year and continues through to the big day in late November. The party caters for over 200 elderly guests and their carers from local aged care facilities where our boys perform their Year 10 service.
The planning is precise and involves students designing and making invitations, creating a “special needs” form, floor planning and layout, catering, decorating, entertaining, assigning student hosts for each table, lighting and traffic management. Tables are set up and decorated and gifts bought for all the elderly guests. Santa and our House mascots also make a special appearance!
The set up for the party takes two whole school days on a roster system. Logistically, it is by far the most demanding project undertaken within the Community Action Program, but it is also one of the most popular, with boys lining up to volunteer their services.
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