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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Childcare budgeting pain for Gungahlin parents: MP poll

Emma Macdonald Gungahlin families are less likely to support paying more for childcare in order to boost the wages of childcare workers.

NAPLAN: ACT school scores slip compared with peers


Emma Macdonald Spelling and numeracy at high school level continue to be the ACT's greatest educational weak points.

CIT fashion courses bursting at the seams, but help at hand

Emma Macdonald Whether it is shows like Project Runway, the current crafting craze or the buzz of Fashfest, Canberra's ranks of would-be fashion designers are bursting at the seams.

Thousands sign up for ANU online MOOC courses

ANU astronomer Dr Paul Francis, ANU south asianist Dr McComas Taylor and ANU astronomer Brian Schmidt filming a video at the ANU media studio for a Massive Online Open Course as part of ANUx.

Emma Macdonald Nearly 15,000 students from 88 countries have enrolled in the Australian National University's first ever online courses.

Islamic school denied registration after highly critical review

Education Minister Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald Proposed new Islamic school will not take enrolments this year after failing to plan for basic teaching, curriculum or child-safety requirements.

Canberra still pays highest childcare costs in Australia


Emma Macdonald Canberra families continue to pay the highest costs for childcare in the nation with local families also requiring more childcare services than the other states or territories.

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Kingston: Where all the cool kids go

Ellie Raymond and Effie Kochinos, owners of the new hip cafe in Kingston, Penny University.

Emma Macdonald On guard! Those hipsters have broken from the confines of Lonsdale Street, Braddon, and staged a southside invasion!

Islamic school will use site in Spence

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald ACT Education Minister Joy Burch has given the At-Taqwa Islamic school permission to operate temporarily within the old Spence primary school site.

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Burch ignored advice on schools

ACT Budget 2013 ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald ACT Education Minister Joy Burch ignored her own directorate's advice and approved two new private schools in Canberra despite warnings that one lacks viable enrolments and another threatens...

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Weapons of choice for students scaling test success?

News.  from left Gungahlin College year 12 students Tarryn McClenahan- Brown, Peta Finglas- Watson, Brooke Commons, Louis Grant and Katherine Zeman having a chat while they eat their breakfast before starting their AST Moderation Exam.  The school provided the students with breakfast before the exam to better prepare them for the day.  3 September 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Emma Macdonald Whether it is feeding students a hearty breakfast prior to sending them into the examination hall, or teaching them yoga and relaxation techniques to keep them calm once they’re in there, ACT...

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Search for world's happiest suburb starts in Crace, Canberra

Search for world's happiest suburb.

Emma Macdonald Is Crace the most contented suburb in Canberra, Australia or perhaps the world?

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ACT gets an A for consistency

Canberra students

Emma Macdonald The ACT will be the first state or territory to introduce national reporting standards across core subjects through the primary and high school years.

Should English and maths be mandatory? Go figure

Year 12 student Gemma Bonnici, who hasn't studied maths at college.

Emma Macdonald Gemma Bonnici is convinced she need never study maths again.

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Scaffolder stripped of licence after building site collapse

Emma Macdonald A scaffolder has lost his licence for a year in a first for ACT Work Safety inspectors who are cracking down on fall risks.

Outcry as private schools approved

ACT Branch president of the Australian Education Union Glen Fowler.

Emma Macdonald The ACT government has approved three new private schools - two Christian and one Islamic - to be built in the ACT despite vehement protests from public education groups that they threaten the...

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Fight for Flynn is on again

Flynn P&C Association President, Roger Nicoll is furious the government has approved a new school in Belconnen when they closed Flynn Primary in 2006.

Emma Macdonald Seven years after the Flynn community lost a furious battle to keep its government primary school open, the war is back on with residents outraged the ACT government has approved the building of a...

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Calls for Minister's sacking over new school approvals

joy burch

Emma Macdonald The ACT Government may consider legislative changes to the way in which new private schools are approved in the future following community unrest about the latest batch of approvals.

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Call for inquiry on school approvals

joy burch

Emma Macdonald ACT public education groups have called for an inquiry into how non-government schools are approved.

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ANU staff fear gag over cuts to music

Emma Macdonald Academics who are being made redundant from the Australian National University School of Music are fearful a gag order is included in their contracts to stop them speaking publicly about ANU...

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ANU's policy centre gets $5m boost

Emma Macdonald In one of the most significant donations ever given to the Australian National University, philanthropist and communications strategist Harold Mitchell has given $2.