FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What are your VCE Results like?

Q. What are you doing to improve results?

Q. The College is huge… won’t my son get lost in the system?

Q. What about bullying?

Q. What about the Trade Centre...is Parade a "technical college"?

Q. Which is better: Bundoora or Preston & Is Preston a "VCAL school"?

Q. How will he get used to the bigger environment if he starts at Preston?

Q. What about my son if he struggles or is "gifted"?

Q. Does my son have to study RE?


Q. What are your VCE Results like?

A. In 2019, we had 35 students achieve an ATAR score of 90 or higher while two of our students scored over 99! 36% scored over 80 and 50% scored over 70. Our College Dux, Carl Perera achieved an ATAR of 99.4.


Q. What are you doing to improve results?

A. We are proud of our results but we are always looking to create the best pathways for our students beyond their life at Parade.

Operation Get Real – we are always looking for new ways to improve our teaching and further motivate students, focus on engagement and the creative use of ICT.

We have developed a Whole School Approach to Literacy and Literacy standards are continuing to improve.

whole-school focus on 'Dynamic Learning' has brought renewed excitement and energy to the classroom for students and teachers alike. Engaging lessons and a focus on STEM subjects that inspire learners to be inquisitive in their search for knowledge will lead to higher levels of academic achievement. A whole-staff professional development program has been devised to support this initiative.

Staff have Laptops for teaching and learning and we run a Laptop program for all students.


Q. The College is huge… won’t my son get lost in the system?

A. No! We have a very strong Pastoral Care and Tutor System where your son will be "well known”.

Students have the same teacher and group for 3 years;

Yr 9’s move into an Upper Tutor Group with same boys they met as Yr 7's.

Tutor workshops and House activities throughout each term help build study, goal setting and social skills

In most cases in Yr 7, the Lower House Leader (Yr 7-9) is the RE teacher and gets to know students very well. The House Leader also attends and directs the Yr 7 Transition Camp.

Our size creates the chance to offer our great breadth of curriculum, pastoral care and extra-curricular opportunities.

We also have all of our offerings at a smaller setting on our Preston Campus.


Q. What about bullying?

A. We have a strong Bullying Policy, which involves counselling and a firm “3 strikes and you’re out” stance.

We run a TG session on bullying at the beginning of each year and students get a "student friendly" copy of the policy. Bullying is also a focus of Year 8 RE well-being sessions. Our reality is that there is very little bullying thanks to the strong Pastoral Care system, but when it happens, we work with all parties to resolve it in a restorative manner.


Q. What about the Trade Centre...is Parade a "technical college"?

A. We offer the "best of both worlds": a strong academic program in VCE as well as meaningful vocational pathways.

As an RTO we offer certificates in Sport and Recreation and Sport Development, IT, Creative and Digital Media, Music Sound Production, Hospitality-Kitchen Operations, Building and Construction (Carpentry & Bricklaying), Plumbing, Furniture Making, and the Working Safely C.I. Card. We also work in partnership with the AIET and offer Small Business, and Electro Technology Studies.

We also offer a Sports Academy that has direct entry links to La Trobe University.

Parade also has close partnerships with Melbourne City, Northern Knights and Diamond Valley Basketball.


Q. Which is better: Bundoora or Preston & Is Preston a "VCAL school"?

A. We are one college, with the same curriculum and offer the same opportunities for our students on both campuses.

Preston offers a smaller environment for Years 7- 9. Your son might benefit from this style of setting to begin his secondary journey, with the choice then of either campus at Year 10 based on the following: Bundoora offers Yr10 pre-VCE & Yr 11-12 VCE, while Preston offers a Yr 10 pathways program into Yr11-12 VCAL.

Yr 9 ExCEL provides a chance for students from both campuses to work together & at both campuses, so that the Yr 9s can get used to both campuses prior to their choice for Year 10.


Q. How will he get used to the bigger environment if he starts at Preston?

A. Many exchanges occur during the year with activities as a year level, sport interactions, College assemblies once a term, House Celebration Days and Year 9 ExCEL help to provide a smooth transition at either campus into Yr 10.


Q. What about my son if he struggles or is "gifted"?

A. We have an extensive program of lntervention classes and support from aides at both campuses.

We also have a Gifted and Talented program called ‘Altior’ for Years 7-9 in Maths, English, Science and Humanities, enabling an early VCE start in Yr10. Currently, scholarships are offered to enrolled and selected boys at the Preston Campus who are part of the Altior Program.


Q. Does my son have to study RE?

A. Yes- as a Catholic school, Religious Education is compulsory from Yr 7- 12.

Yr 12VCE students take part in Tenete: a less rigorous program that nurtures the boys' spirituality and personal development, preparing them for post-school life which involves an overnight retreat; whilst Yr12 VCAL have Personal Development as one of their core subjects to cover similar areas.

There are also opportunities for faith development and "faith in action" through Community Action, Liturgies, Retreats, Eddy's Brekky Van & St Alban’s Tutoring.