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SNAZZI way to spend the day

Woodlawn students, from left, Shay Langley, Amanda Griffin, Callum Riordan and Alex Mackney take school photos as part of the SNAZZI unit.
Woodlawn students, from left, Shay Langley, Amanda Griffin, Callum Riordan and Alex Mackney take school photos as part of the SNAZZI unit. Cathy Adams

ST JOHN'S College Woodlawn has its own crack team of junior newshounds and media minds.

SNAZZI - School News and Paparazzi, otherwise known as the St John's College Media Centre, is the place where this passionate group of high school students gathers, dedicated to the never-ending task of documenting school life.

Brainchild of art teacher Denny Thornborough, the centre was born 10 years ago with the mission to create a working team of photographers, media producers and journalists sourced from the student body.

It's been a labour of love for Mrs Thornborough, who has guided SNAZZI ever since, working up to 30 voluntary hours every week.

It's equally adored by its student members such as Amanda Griffin, a senior student journalist who can be found there every lunchtime and often after school.

She came to the school two years ago with an interest in journalism but no idea how to pursue it.

"When I came to Woodlawn, I was completely overwhelmed by the size of everything. I was trying to find a place where I felt I belonged," she said.

Captain of SNAZZI Alex Mackney said being a part of the centre had done wonders for his sense of worth.

Describing himself as "socially awkward" and "very closed up" when he first came there in Year 8, he now carries himself with quiet confidence.

Every term the group creates a 10-minute documentary watched by the whole school and responsible for plenty of smiles.

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