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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Gungahlin schools filling up fast

Emma Macdonald Parents are feeling anxious that by the time their children are ready to enrol at primary school, there may be no room.

ANU pulls unauthorised job ad for school of music

Peter Tregear, head of the ANU School of Music in Canberra.

Emma Macdonald Australian National University management embarrassed by a job ad that appeared to replace the head of the school of music, Peter Tregear.

Community meets in anger on Manuka land swap

Paul Haesler, President of Telopea P&C at the Telopea tennis courts which are used by the school.

Emma Macdonald More than 100 members of the Telopea Park School and Manuka Occasional Childcare Association communities have expressed their anger over a proposed Manuka land swap at a public meeting on Wednesday...

INXS songwriter Andrew Farriss composing at ANU

Tim and Andrew Farriss at the 2014 ARIA Awards.

Emma Macdonald It is not every day your music class gets to play an iconic international rock ballad with the man who wrote it.

Teachers cast historic no confidence vote in Joy Burch

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald Canberra's government teachers have called on Andrew Barr to sack Joy Burch as Education Minister, passing a no confidence motion in her and questioning her competence.

Teacher student sex - laws under the microscope


Emma Macdonald ACT college teacher sacked after investigation into a sexual relationship with a former student.

Spate of crime at University of Canberra

Staff and students have been urged to be vigilant following half a dozen

Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra has warned students and staff to take personal safety measures after a spate of robberies and hold-ups on campus.

ACT Libs pledge to restore nurses for Canberra special schools

ACT Liberal Education spokesman Steve Doszpot.

Emma Macdonald The ACT Opposition has pledged $500,000 to put five nurses into four Canberra special schools if they win the next election.

Teachers' pay dispute gets ugly as government accused of cheating

Emma Macdonald The teacher's union is accusing the government of being underhand in pay negotiations by offering a used-car deal.

ANU tops Australian universities in latest league table

Emma Macdonald The Australian National University has topped the country for the number of top-ten globally ranked subjects in the latest and largest ever university league table.

Teachers likely to refuse pay deal

 A teacher at work.

Emma Macdonald ACT teachers are unlikely to accept a 12 per cent pay offer while they continue to work longer hours than Australian and international averages.

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Teachers to be offered a 12 per cent pay rise first day back at school

 A teacher at work.

Emma Macdonald Teachers returning to ACT Government schools on Monday will be offered a 12 per cent pay rise, although the Australian Education Union has yet to appraise the deal.

ACT teacher under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with student

Police tape

Emma Macdonald An ACT college teacher and grandfather who is in an alleged sexual relationship with a former student who has just turned 18, is being investigated by the Education Directorate.

Nurses warned ACT Health they were putting children at risk in special schools

Emma Macdonald The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation warned ACT Health officials in January that it was dangerous to remove nurses from special schools across Canberra because it would put students at...

Nurses return to special school taking pressure off teachers

Emma Macdonald Two full-time nurses will be reinstated in a Canberra special school after a trial of a nursing telephone hotline left teachers in charge of complex medical procedures.

ACT government high schools claw back majority of students

Emma Macdonald ACT Government high schools have clawed back their majority share of Canberra students after five years in which there were more teenagers in private high schools than public.

Staff and children locked out of Artemis Early Learning Centre in Fyshwick

Parents turned up to find Artemis early learning centre closed on Monday morning.

Emma Macdonald Staff and children were unexpectedly locked out of the Artemis Early Learning Centre in Fyshwick on Monday morning because of a lease disagreement between the building owner and centre operator.

Mr Fluffy archives quarantined because of asbestos

ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce head Andrew Kefford is keen to access the files.

Emma Macdonald Hundreds of thousands of historical documents relating to Mr Fluffy asbestos have been quarantined for the past few months due to the presence of amosite filed in ACT Government archives.

Inquiry announced into Canberra school that caged autistic student

Emma Macdonald Three experts will also look into how Canberra is responding to an unprecedented number of students with disabilities and special needs.

P&C voice recalls learning struggles amid autism cage outrage

Hugh Boulter at his home in Flynn.

Emma Macdonald ACT P&C vice-president Hugh Boulter suffered a head injury at age six which affected his eyesight and overnight gave him a moderate learning disability.