A balanced school education is essential in helping your son to develop as a well-rounded individual with a wide range of interests and knowledge.

Parade offers a rich range of cultural, sporting, outdoor and community activities that provide opportunities for creative expression and physical and social achievements.

The annual musical production is a highlight of the year and we also have a long tradition of young sportsmen proudly wearing the purple, green and blue. Boys also directly experience the world outside school with community projects, retreats and overseas trip opportunities to Japan and Italy.


Sport at Parade College provides students with the opportunity to develop areas such as;

  • • School spirit
  • • Strong bonds with fellow students
  • • Establish a sense of mutual respect with teammates, coaches and their opponents
  • • Excellence in Sport

Students at Parade College have the opportunity to be involved in sport at three levels.

intraschool sport

Intra School Sport

Students in Year 7 & 8 have the opportunity to involve themselves in House Athletics and Cross Country. Students who are not involved in inter-school sport will also play competitive and non-competitive sports such as football, soccer, basketball and table tennis amongst their fellow Parade classmates with an emphasis on skill development and fun.

ACC sport

Inter School Sport

Parade is an inaugural member of the ACC (Associated Catholic Colleges) competition. Students at Parade have the opportunity of being selected to represent the College in the following sports - Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Hockey, Table Tennis, Cricket, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf and Badminton. The ACC competition involves 11 schools who compete against each other in three annual carnivals and in weekly fixtured competitions.

Co-curricular Sport

Apart from the regular intra and inter school sport, Parade offers students the opportunity to involve themselves in co-curricular sport. There are numerous sports that are offered including Cycling, Clay Target Shooting, Rugby Union, Golf, Snow Sports, 3x3 Basketball, Kayaking and Triathlon. These competitions may occur during the regular school day or on a weekend.

Sporting Facilities

Parade is blessed with outstanding sporting facilities. To cater for our involvement in sport at all levels, Parade has 3 indoor Basketball courts, 3 Soccer pitches (1 all-weather synthetic), 2 Football ovals, 6 synthetic tennis courts, an indoor soccer facility, 6 badminton courts, 7 volleyball courts, 4 cricket ovals (1 turf), 5 cricket practice nets and a synthetic athletics training track.


Year 12 retreat

Connecting with the lives of others and finding out more about themselves is the focus of Year 12 retreats. It’s an engaging and rewarding experience where boys can develop a sense of balance in a busy life.

Ministry Retreat

Students spend time with the disadvantaged in our community and experience the service of the soup kitchen, the homely environment of the House of Welcome, the community at Greenvale for alcoholics, and the care for disabled children at St. Paul's in Kew.


Outdoor Education promotes the development of student relationships with themselves, with others and with the natural world which surrounds them. Australia is famed for its outdoor lifestyle, and we make full use of unique local, nationally iconic and international environments. Students partake in a range of outdoor experiences which are designed to foster independence, interdependence and resilience. Outdoor Education concepts are initially introduced during camps at Years 7 and 8, which are then more thoroughly explored during an extended Year 9 program within the Otway Ranges. A range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities are provided to further enhance student connection with the outdoors, including Outdoor Education electives at Years 9, 10 & 11, the World Challenge program, and the college snowsports team. Locally, our programs utilise; Plenty Gorge, Gresswell Nature Reserve, Darebin Parklands, the Yarra River and Bundoora Park. We also conduct programs beyond Melbourne at; the Grampians, Lake Mountain, Bogong High Plains, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buffalo, Mt Buller, Wilsons Promontory and Port Phillip Bay. Trekking trails of international significance is a key element of the World Challenge program which in recent years has visited; Nepal, Vietnam, Laos and Mongolia. Outdoor Education programs value passive and active experiences including; bushwalking, mountain bike riding, snow skiing, surfing, rock climbing, paddling and snorkelling. Along with skill development, students are asked to reflect upon their experiences in order to make positive impacts on their lives once back home.


Parade College students have the opportunity to prepare for and participate in several forums throughout the year with many individual and team victories experienced at all levels.

These include:

  • • Debaters Association Victoria – teams debate in five competitions over several months
  • • ACC Debating and Public Speaking – for Junior and Intermediate divisions
  • • Legacy Public Speaking Competition – an event staged at both local and regional levels
  • • VCAA Plain English Speaking Award – VCE students compete regularly at regional level with great success

Other competitions in which our students participate successfully are; the Ainger Public Speaking Award, the DAV Junior Public Speaking Competition, the La Trobe Schools Forum and the DAV Junior Speakers Program.

Our boys develop their confidence by being able to convey their thoughts with clarity and purpose, while displaying their power of communication in a structured and competitive environment. The skills that they acquire stand them in good stead for later life in general.

The Winners

Overseas Trips



The chance to experience the rich and vibrant culture of Japan is open to boys during an annual exchange visit with our sister school in Japan. In the first part of the year, boys and their families play host to a Japanese student and in the third term a number of Parade students and staff make the journey to Japan to see for themselves what life is like for their Japanese counterparts.



An opportunity to experience Italy, its culture and history is open to students from years 9 to 12. The trip is conducted every two years, for approximately 3 weeks in January. It offers an opportunity for students to take part in Italian language lessons, school visits, experience the culture and enjoy the unique lifestyle of Italians. Students visit fascinating capital cities, indulge in the foods of each region and spend some time shopping and meeting the locals.

Parade and World Challenge

The College works in conjunction with the school expedition company World Challenge in offering students in year 10 and 11 a month-long multifaceted program in a developing part of the world. This challenging program enables groups of students to travel to amazing destinations where they partake in a range of experiences vastly different to their lives at home. The program challenges our boys to adapt in a foreign environment over a four week expedition which includes; extended trekking for roughly two weeks, community engagement projects, and time for a few days of rest and recreational activities. The daily organisation and operation of each team is largely managed by the students as they maintain budgets, book accommodation, plan transport and research key sites to visit.

This program is conducted biennially with the destination regularly changing. Past destinations include; Nepal, Mongolia, Laos, Vietnam, China, Thailand, India and Borneo.

Boys who have completed the World Challenge experience have learnt many life skills and enjoyed life changing experiences.

World Challenge


Music studies are a core part of Parade’s strong focus on co-curricular activities. There is a dedicated Music Department as well as the state-of-the-art Rivergum Theatre. 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) and Music Industry Skills (MIS).

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 instruments safely.

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 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.

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Parade College has a proud history in Music Theatre, with past productions including Oklahoma (2010), Wizard of Oz (2011), Jekyll & Hyde (2012), Aida (2013), Hairspray (2014), All Shook Up (2015), How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (2016), Catch Me if You Can (2017) and Mame (2018). Many past productions and performers have been nominated for Music Theatre Guild Awards.

Students from all year levels are encouraged to participate either as performers or backstage crew. Our musicals are conducted with one of our nearby Catholic girls schools.


Nurturing strong ties with our local community

The year 10 community action program is a compulsory activity for all year 10 students.


Students spend one afternoon each week for a term visiting nursing homes and special developmental schools. where they play games, plant out vegetable gardens, run art and craft projects and even entertain with their myriad musical abilities! Some students volunteer at community groups such as the Boots For All sports program where they are taught to renew second hand sports equipment that then goes to disadvantaged communities. 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 as volunteers.

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.

In year 11 students participate in a service learning program which requires them to work a minimum of 10 hours in a voluntary capacity within the school environment or externally, e.g. fundraising or working with a charitable organisation. Within the school environment, students can choose to participate in the Eddie’s Brekkie Van, tutor refugee primary school students at the St Alban’s Tutoring program, help serve lunch at the monthly Community meal in Greensborough or volunteer for one of the College’s many other community action projects.

Eddie’s Backpack Project is another innovative community action program which has been running at the College for 8 years. With funding provided by external agencies, students prepare items to go in a small backpack to give to young children who are taken into foster care at short notice. These items include a toy, toothbrush and paste and books, as well as other useful donated goods.

Year 10 Community Action Program

Parade’s extensive and celebrated Community Action Program started with the Year 10 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. Students spend one afternoon each week for a term visiting nursing homes and special developmental schools. where they play games, plant out vegetable gardens, run art and craft projects and even entertain with their myriad musical abilities! Some students volunteer at community groups such as the Boots for All sports program where they are taught to renew second hand sports equipment that then goes to disadvantaged communities. 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 as volunteers. 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 Brekkie Van

Our much celebrated and popular Brekkie Van program is now in its 13th year of operation. The Brekkie 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.

Brekkie Van

An ambitious idea borne out of an acute sense of social justice, the Brekkie 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 were warmly welcomed to a breakfast of bacon and eggs cooking on the BBQ from 7.15am onwards.

Parade gratefully acknowledges the support from the Parents of Parade (POP) and a number of local businesses whose contributions each week make the Brekkie Van possible.

Red Cross Blood For Life Program

Blood Donor

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 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. The refugee students are recent arrivals in Australia. Parade students see it as practical way of living out the values of the Edmund Rice philosophy by providing this service to the needy in our community.

Elderly Christmas Party

Xmas 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 the local aged care facilities that our boys visit as part of their Year 10 community service program.

 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.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an internationally recognised youth programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 and introduced into Australia in the early 1960s. The Award encourages and recognises adolescents and young adults, aged 14 to 25, in completing a series of voluntary self-improvement programs which foster personal discovery, growth, resilience, perseverance, responsibility and service to the community.

The implementation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program at Parade College is a natural fit. Not only has Parade College a wide range of programs and associations that correlate with the Duke of Ed, we also have large numbers of students whose own talents and achievements, both in participating in the College’s co-curricular programs as well as individual endeavours give them accreditation for achieving outcomes under the Award structure.

Another enabling feature Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program is the stimulus that this program gives to our students to achieve further self-development goals than they perhaps may not have done.

The award framework is structured around three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each of these levels has a mandated time commitment, with the Bronze being a lesser time commitment than Silver, with Gold having the most. The requirements for achieving each of these awards requires a commitment to four main categories. These being:-

  • Service – to develop and encourage a sense of community spirit and responsibility to others.
  • Physical Recreation - to encourage participation in physical recreation and improvement in physical fitness and performance.
  • Skill - To encourage the development of personal interests and practical skills.
  • Adventurous Journey - To encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery.
  • Residential Project (for Gold Award only) – A shared purposeful activity away from the participant’s place of residence in the company of others who are not their usual companions.