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James Parviainen graduated from Trinity Lutheran College in 2015. He had set his sights on getting into ADFA in about Year 9. ADFA is a unique partnership between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) which provides training and education for the future leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force. Gaining entry into ADFA is incredibly competitive, around only 300 applicants out of several thousand are accepted each year and applicants need to satisfy a number of military and academic requirements. We are incredibly proud of James who was accepted into ADFA for 2017. He is now down in Canberra for the next 4 years. During this time, he will simultaneously complete a degree and military training and then during his 4th year he will be at Duntroon. On completion of this he graduates as an officer in the Australian Defence Force.

James and his parents recently shared their experiences with us and we hope you enjoy the read...


Why did you choose Trinity for James?

Veli is Lutheran and we knew several families with children attending Trinity, all were very happy.

What are some of your fondest memories of your time as a parent of Trinity?

There are so many, the first day of Prep, graduating Year 5, Year 12 Chapel and Graduating Ceremony, to name just a few.

Please describe how you believe Trinity helped in preparing James for life after school and for his future chosen career.

Over the years, every one of James' teachers took the time to really get to know him and learn how best to support him. That personal touch is crucial and helps children feel valued in what they do. By doing this, they made him believe he was capable of pursuing and achieving any dream he had.

What advice do you have for parents when it comes to choosing a school for their child/children?

Every school has to adhere to and follow the national curriculum, but supporting, nurturing and developing the whole child, and collectively working to ensure that every single child reaches their fullest potential is what Trinity does so well. This is what separates a good school from a great school.

What is the best advice you can give parents about their child/children's education and schooling life?

Work in partnership with the school. Support the staff and teachers to help your child grow academically, mentally and emotionally to become mature and responsible young adults ready to face life outside of school.


When did you attend and graduate from Trinity?

I started Prep in 2003 and graduated from Year 12 in 2015.

What are some of your fondest memories of your time at Trinity?

  • Junior Years: Grade 4 camp at Tyalgum Ridge
  • Middle Years: Safely snowboarding all day with my instructor whilst the rest of Year 7 and the teachers (including my mum) thought I was lost in a blizzard!
  • Senior Years: Stephan House winning Battle of the Bands in my final year.

What do you believe makes Trinity a great school?

The teaching staff and the strong mix of academic and pastoral support.

Briefly describe what you have been up to since graduating from Trinity.

I had a gap year and worked for 12 months, including some time spent in the IT department at Trinity whilst applying for the Australian Defence Force Academy. I commenced with the Academy in January and have now been there 4 months.

What has been your greatest achievement?

Gaining entry to the ADFA.

How did your experiences at Trinity prepare you for life after school and for your future career?

The academic support of my teachers and the knowledge I gained from them has helped me with my university studies, whilst the pastoral care I received at Trinity enabled me to grow as a young adult and has given me the maturity to effectively adapt to the defence force environment.

What are your future aspirations?

To be an effective and responsible future leader fully supporting all under my command.

Do you have any words of wisdom for the graduating class of 2017?

Don't sweat the small stuff, high school is a small part of your life...but you will definitely miss it once it is over!


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