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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

New ANU scholarship targets rural maths, science and technology students

Emma Macdonald Two students from the Riverina and Wagga Wagga region will receive $10,500 each over a three-year degree to support their accommodation at Burgmann College.

Autism cage inquiry leads to 8 public servants being counselled

Opposition education spokesman Steve Doszpot questioned the tough action taken against the principal.

Emma Macdonald Eight public servants within the ACT Education Directorate have been disciplined over their role in Canberra's autism cage scandal.

University of Canberra places in top 100 'young' universities in the world

Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker said he was thrilled by the recognition of the University of Canberra's teaching and research staff in the ranking.

Emma Macdonald The 25-year-old University of Canberra has acquired its third world ranking this year, achieving one of its strategic aims two years ahead of time.

Life on the front line of student psychology

Emma Macdonald Eleanor Sautelle has been a school psychologist for four years and says that while it may sounds like a tough and depressing gig, the greatest professional joy is being able to support a student in...

School counsellors – a third fewer than needed

The Shaddock review says the need to bolster trained counsellors is urgent.

Emma Macdonald The ACT has at least a third fewer school counsellors than it needs to deal with rising numbers of students in crisis or acute need.


Peeling back the layers of complex need in schools


Emma Macdonald The Shaddock review is unflinching in its assessment of the problems facing the increasing number of Canberra families accessing both mainstream and specialist education for their children with...

Imagining more for all students

The Kruger family, Paul, Lillie, Jack and Jan.

Emma Macdonald Jan and Paul Kruger have resisted having their son Jack labelled in any way and want him to have every education, social and employment opportunity as his siblings.

Advocates warn disability workers struggle with low pay, staff turnover and casualisation

Christopher Knaus and Emma Macdonald Disability advocates warn that support workers are struggling with woeful pay, high turnover, and casualisation.

Teachers and principals left on their own to manage the most challenging students

Professor Anthony Shaddock and ACT Education Minister Joy Burch

Emma Macdonald Schools need to focus on students and not on exclusion says long-awaited review of students with complex needs and challenging behaviour

Students smart on phones but going backwards in computer literacy

Australian students are less able to navigate basic computer tasks now than three years ago.

Emma Macdonald They may appear permanently glued to their smart phones and tablets, but Australian students are less able to navigate basic computer tasks now than three years ago.

Today's girls look to the future by mastering code

Canberra Girls Grammar fifth-graders Evie Lane, Lauren Faulder and Emily Nguyen with the prize-winning website they built to raise awareness of orangutans.

Emma Macdonald The four 11-year-olds from Canberra Girls Grammar School have taking their school learning about website development to a higher stage, and won a prestigious ICT prize.

Mr Fluffy contracts go mainly to local businesses

Emma Macdonald Six out of ten head contractors appointed to oversee the demolition of Mr Fluffy houses across the capital are from Canberra or Queanbeyan.

Royal reign brings...rain

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall  at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra for the  Remembrance Day ceremony.

Emma Macdonald The arrival in the capital of Australia's future king Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, sparked only small crowds but substantial traffic chaos as Remembrance Day, royal...

Royal couple Prince Charles and Camilla touch down in Canberra

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall  arriving in Sydney

Emma Macdonald Prince Charles and his wife Camilla greeted by dignitaries as they arrived in Canberra.

Bus driver and aide stood down over pillowcase on child's head

Danielle McMahon, of Ngunnawal, at  home with her 13-year-old
autistic son, Jay.

Katie Burgess and Emma Macdonald The bus driver who allegedly told a Canberra child to put a pillowcase over his head has been stood down.

School bus driver 'asked special needs child to put a pillowcase over his head'

Danielle McMahon of Ngunnawal at her home with her 13 year old
autistic son Jay.

Emma Macdonald A Canberra mother has alleged her son with special needs was asked by his school bus driver to put a pillowcase over his head and go to sleep.

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Staff and budget cuts at esteemed ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

An external review of the major languages teaching school within the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU has recommended sweeping changes.

Emma Macdonald Up to 40 academics could be axed from the Australian National University's esteemed School of Culture, History and Language as it faces a budget deficit of $1.5 million this year.

Moxom and Whitney's terrarium boom - with a six month wait for classes

The popular terrarium class at Braddon florist Moxom and Whitney - with Belinda Whitney and Loulou Moxom.

Emma Macdonald A very small craze has Canberrans waiting months for a weekly class run by two Braddon florists.

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Canberra Grammar switch to co-ed divides parents

Mina Sakai, who is considering what impact the changes will have on her 12-year-old son.

Emma Macdonald Canberra Grammar is facing a backlash from parents furious they were not consulted over the move from an all-boys school to a co-educational one.

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The future of single-sex education in Canberra


Emma Macdonald Canberra's private school landscape was redrawn on Tuesday with the announcement that Canberra Grammar will no longer be a bastion of all-boy education.