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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

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

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.

ANU probes Jewish students' harassment claims

ANU logo

Fleta Page and Emma Macdonald The Australian National University is investigating an alleged case of religious harassment that took place against Jewish students.

ACT schools top nation in literacy, numeracy

Teacher pointing to raised hands in classroom boarding school.

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

ACT schools say there's no formula for NAPLAN improvements

Emma Macdonald NAPLAN success a combination of motivating teachers to make a difference, and making school a happy and inviting place for the children.

Ainslie businesses ordered to close because of asbestos fears

Asbestos fears.

Emma Macdonald Two businesses at the Ainslie shops have been ordered to close by the ACT Workplace Safety Commissioner because of fears a cracked roof may allow deadly amosite asbestos to escape.

Royal visit: Why can't we show the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the real Canberra?

Royal visit

Emma Macdonald The Royal family are being served up the same itinerary that seems to be rolled out whenever high office descends on our gentle city... Forgive me if I drifted off momentarily.

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Private Capital

Mount Ainslie inspiration

Emma Macdonald Private Capital: Famous landmark helps Xiang Lei win University of Canberra’s children’s book competition.

Education union backs Joy Burch on tests for teachers

Education Minister Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald The Australian Education Union not only backs new literacy and numeracy tests for qualified teachers, but also wants entry scores for education degrees raised and the qualification time increased.

ACT teacher recruits to be assessed on literacy and numeracy skills

Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald The ACT will be the first state or territory to introduce literacy and numeracy testing for government school teachers.

Businessman Graham Tuckwell revisits Turner Primary School

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Graham Tuckwell, visits his old
school, Turner Primary and meets with students and reminisces over
some old school photographs.

Emma Macdonald Billionaire businessman Graham Tuckwell credits his success to Turner Primary School.

Kingston traders rejoice at return of Green Square

Josephine Spence, 18 months of Queanbeyan enjoying the grass at Green Square with her dad Nicholas.

Emma Macdonald Canberra's changing weather patterns have wrought havoc on the collective nerves of Canberra garden lovers. But none have monitored the skies so closely, as the Kingston traders.

Asbestos warnings for more than a thousand homes issued by ACT government

Removing asbestos from a local site.

Emma Macdonald The owners of 1049 Canberra homes that were exposed to Mr Fluffy asbestos in the 1970s will be urged by the ACT Government to have their homes professionally inspected for remnants of the potentially...

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.

A weekend in your suburb: 36 hours in Ainslie

Your Suburb in Ainslie by Emma Macdonald.

Emma Macdonald Ainslie gets a bit of a ribbing by the rest of Canberra. It has an air of smug self-satisfaction about it combined with a burgeoning hipster vibe which leaches across Limestone Avenue from Braddon.

Breast feeding: Australia contributes to huge global decline

Dr Julie Smith with 4-month-old baby Allanah Gordon, (left) Vincent Swadling 18-months and (right) Bryn Williams 18 months.

Emma Macdonald Australia is playing a role in what may be a global wipe-out of one of the world's largest public health assets - the capacity of women to breastfeed their infants.

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'Mr Fluffy' asbestos in Ainslie shops

Ainslie shops

Emma Macdonald Loose asbestos insulation, of the kind used by the now infamous “Mr Fluffy”, has been confirmed in the roof of the Ainslie shops.

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.

Worksafe investigating over asbestos in Dickson building's ceiling

Worksafe inspectors at the building on Wooley st, in Dickson, which has been closed due to asbestos in the building.

Emma Macdonald WorkSafe ACT has ordered the owners of a building in Woolley Street Dickson to either remove or seal a large commercial roof space after finding loose asbestos fibres were falling from asbestos...

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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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.