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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

NAPLAN scores: The ACT schools that add value

Emma Macdonald Wanniassa School, Holy Trinity Primary and Canberra Grammar are among 20 schools which have taken their students above and beyond the average when it comes to literacy and numeracy.

My School 2015 goes live with 20 Canberra schools applauded

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Emma Macdonald The My School website has been updated overnight to allow parents to look up details of schools across the nation - most notably their performance in literacy and numeracy as well as financial...

Ball rolling on University of Canberra growth

Emma Macdonald Chief Minister Andrew Barr and University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker will on Wednesday sign a Statement of Strategic Intent, committing the government to legislative changes that vary...

Australian babies born today could pay $500,000 for university degrees

Emma Macdonald Living at home is the most effective way to keep university costs down, but not everybody can do that.

Canberra Grammar gets federal funding to beef up security

Emma Macdonald Canberra Grammar School is believed to have been included in an $18 million Commonwealth-funded national security upgrade for schools who face "attack, harassment, or violence caused by racial or...

Gareth Evans stays on at ANU to find new vice-chancellor

Chancellor Gareth Evans with outgoing Vice-Chancellor Ian Young.

Emma Macdonald Former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans has agreed to another three-year term as Chancellor of the Australian National University to provide stability and oversee the recruitment of a new...

Samantha Armytage's book Shine glows with inspiration

Positive: Samantha Armytage is content within herself.

Emma Macdonald She's perhaps the nicest girl on Australian TV - relatable, low-maintenance and kind to herself and others.

A dash of hipster cred gets terrarium trend growing

Emma Macdonald They have given the humble bouquet a healthy dash of hipster street cred. Now the energetic florist duo of Moxom and Whitney have focused their fashionable eyes on the terrarium, causing something of...

Fluffy families fight for better deal on stamp duty

Emma Macdonald Felicity Prideaux has lost a home to Mr Fluffy. But she is determined not to lose her beloved dogs.

Mr Fluffy cancer links to be officially studied

Emma Macdonald The ACT Government will fund a scientific study into links between living in a Mr Fluffy home and the deadly cancer mesothelioma to be carried out by Australian National University researchers.

University of Canberra draws a sporty crowd

Sport. Canberra based wheelchair basketballer, Tim Markcrow, was selected in the national U-23 side, the Spinners. They played against the national open side, the Rollers, at the AIS Training Hall. August 9th 2013 Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra is experiencing a boom in sports students as it seeks to capitalise on sport sponsorships, a new purpose-built Sporting Commons and research partnerships.

Education Minister Joy Burch won't answer questions on bailed son's visits to Canberra schools

Kirsten lawson, Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy Education Minister Joy Burch went to ground on Thursday, refusing to answer questions about her son's visit to Canberra schools while on bail for aggravated robbery.

The house with no Mr Fluffy: Couple fight duplex demo

Michael Romei and Ben O'Bryan (and dog Lulu) at their duplex home in Yarralumla which is set to be torn down.

Emma Macdonald Their home never had Mr Fluffy, but a young Yarralumla couple have been caught up in the Mr Fluffy demolition program because they share a common wall with a Mr Fluffy home.

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Private Capital: The hoopla about hula

Susan Corbett, of Weetangera, in Canberra runs Hoopbeat classes.

Emma Macdonald Imagine exercising without even having to pay attention? That's the promise from a growing band of hula-hoop enthusiasts.

Australia's chief scientist pro-vaccination

The measles vaccination is an important healthcare measure, says Ian Chubb.

Emma Macdonald Australia’s Chief Scientist Ian Chubb is fast-tracking a paper on the importance of childhood vaccination in order to try and combat misconceptions about their personal and public value.

Australian National University vice-chancellor Ian Young to leave post in 2016

Professor Ian Young will leave his post at the ANU in 2016.

Emma Macdonald Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University Professor Ian Young has announced he will leave the top post next year, prompting the ANU to begin an international head hunt to fill the...

Contractors disturb asbestos at Berridale Public School

A sign warns of the danger of asbestos contamination.

Emma Macdonald Students at Berridale Public School may have been exposed to asbestos as workers cut into bonded asbestos sheeting in the first week back at school.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young announces departure from the ANU

Emma Macdonald Controversial vice-chancellor, who instituted massive funding cuts at the ANU, announces he will not seek a further term.

Love locks to be removed by National Capital Authority

Emma Macdonald and Sally Coen The heartfelt declarations of lovers, young and old, engraved in a row of brass locks on Aspen Island footbridge will be removed on Friday by the National Capital Authority.

Mums return to school with kindy kids in tow

Sisters Michelle Aiken, left, and Alison Bond prepare Cooper and Imogen, both 5, for their first day of school at St Francis of Assisi Primary - the same school they attended as children.

Emma Macdonald Monday is the start of a new academic year across schools in Canberra and at St Francis of Assisi in Calwell  it seems to be a case of keeping it in the family.