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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Major changes for education in ACT budget

Emma Macdonald The ACT Government has committed to a major change to the Canberra Institute of Technology, winding back the Woden campus and developing a new campus in Tuggeranong to meet demand for training and...

Another heatwave: parents warned as temps rise

Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy With the ACT set to swelter through at least another seven days of temperatures above 30 degrees, authorities are warning Canberrans not to become complacent to the risks of extreme heat.

ACT schools top nation in literacy, numeracy

Emma Macdonald The ACT remains the highest performing state or territory for literacy and numeracy.

NAPLAN: ACT school scores slip compared with peers

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

NAPLAN: Independent schools a point or two above the pack in My School rankings

Torrens Primary School Principal Sue Mueller with year 3 students have done brilliantly in the MySchool NAPLAN results.

Emma Macdonald The Canberra Times' league tables of ACT schools' literacy and numeracy scores continue to show that independent schools dominate their Catholic and government counterparts.

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Painful reality of work mishap

Send them home safe

Emma Macdonald Stephen Hellyer is an ACT construction site statistic.

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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.

ACT screening at five-year high but breast cancer rate still most serious in the country

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Emma Macdonald ACT still lags behind in breast cancer screening rates and continues to have the highest rate of breast cancer.

Teaching light years from stuffy rooms and three Rs

Gowrie Primary School students and teacher Lyn Cleaver holds a photo of her great grandfather was one of the first local teachers in the area as part of World Teachers Day.

Emma Macdonald Lyn Cleaver's teaching career has been vastly different to that of her grandfather-in-law Fred Cleaver - and for that she is grateful.

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ANU jumps six places in world uni rankings

20th September 2011, News, Emma Macdonald Story,   CANBERRA TIMES photo by KARLEEN MINNEY- Vice Chancellor of the ANU Professor Ian Young

Emma Macdonald ANU has clawed back six places to come 64th in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

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Writing is on the wall for captions in class

Year  three students of Saint Clare of Assis Primary school (l-r) Taylor Armstrong, Lana Barclay and Ashlyn Jones at the launch of the second national campaign 'Cap That' promoting the use captioning in the classroom for literacy and learning.

Emma Macdonald Absorbing information in the classroom is challenge enough for most students, but for those with hearing impairments, language or learning difficulties, it is even harder.

Staff thanked as ANU climbs in world ranking

ANU Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Young.

Emma Macdonald ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young has commended his staff following the institution's one-place rise in the latest world rankings.

Limit trauma of tragedy, parents told

A man pays tribute to the victims of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 15, 2012.

Emma Macdonald Education Editor Parents should monitor how much media coverage their children are exposed to in the wake of the horrendous school shooting in Connecticut so they do not become traumatised or overwhelmed, child...

Top of the class: high achievers honoured

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ACT Senior Secondary Studies Recognition of Excellence awards. Danielle Farrell of Merici College won both an academic award and a community service award.
18th December 2012, Canberra Times photo by Karleen Minney.

Emma Macdonald Merici College student Danielle Farrell has had a very satisfactory year. Not only was she dux of the school but she found time for community service for which she was also honoured.

Swapping classes for army life is just par for the course

Reut Rotem,17 of Yarralumla.

Emma Macdonald Most year 12 graduates will be kicking back tomorrow and putting the stresses of a university entrance rank behind them, but not Reut Rotem.

Movers and shakers win some quiet time at last

ACT Opposition leader Zed Seselja at Lake Tuggeranong. He has been kayaking most days since receiving the Kayak as a Christmas present from his wife.

Emma Macdonald What some of the ACT's movers and shakers are up to as Canberra quietens down during the summer break.

Nobel prize astrophysicist enjoys the local flavour

Professor Brian Schmidt, at his property in Sutton.

Emma Macdonald Nobel prizes are nice, but astrophysicist Brian Schmidt says it is wonderful to be recognised ''at home''.

Pushing the boundaries of self-sustenance

FOOD AND WINE: Ricky Somerville of Wanniassa, Canberra with his aquaponics which includes fish and vegetables.  15th January 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Emma Macdonald Got a veggie patch? Maybe a compost heap? Perhaps you even have some chickens – but here's betting you aren't farming trout in your own backyard.

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Why work on the homefront won't count this year

Emma Macdonald The millions of hours that women put into unpaid household, voluntary and community work will go uncounted this year as the government axes the Bureau of Statistics Work, Life and Family Survey to...

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Not-so-glorious food in capital canteens

Canteen food.

Emma Macdonald ACT school canteens have produced the worst nutritional results of a nationwide analysis of food available to students.

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