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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 7 Hansard (7 August) . .

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Works have also been undertaken by Roads ACT to improve traffic and pedestrian safety around the following schools: Fraser primary, Florey primary and Evatt schools have all had safety improvements, including a rearrangement of set down, pick up areas, relocated pedestrian crossings and on-street set down, pick up spaces. The directorate is also working with Fraser primary on a possible overflow car park on land adjacent to the school and improved on-street parking around Mount Rogers Primary School—all important and valuable additions to the schools in the Belconnen area.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, could you update the Assembly on how teaching and learning has changed at Melba Copland school as a result of their new virtual learning environment?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Porter for her interest in the Melba Copland School. Students learning in the virtual learning environment at Melba Copland Secondary School are presented with a modern and welcoming classroom environment. The learning commons is a space that becomes a traffic corridor between lessons when students are on the move and is a flexible space catering for seminars of up to 200 students with multiple fixed and portable large-screen displays deployed.

The area can accommodate single classes and cross-classes of learning groups. The virtual learning environment uses high density, wireless-enabled technology with capacity for 250 to 300 students at the peak time of access. This is a place of imagination, fun, discovery and invention; a place where students grow through innovative ideas and concepts as a community of learning.

Students lead learning in this space and provide mentoring to their peers around the curriculum, technical support, social issues, sharing expertise and knowledge. The students' works are displayed in learning areas and galleries across the walls, and it is, therefore, a place of student pride and excellence. I have visited this new learning area and it has been a wonderful enhancement to Melba Copland high.

The teaching and support staff have embraced the virtual learning environment with the ability it brings for them for team teaching and cross-class and cross-teacher collaboration, and I am told that the teacher morale and professional practice is at an all-time high as a result of this investment. The principal, Michael Battenally, has done an outstanding job with his students and the community, and I am sure he is producing excellent academics and future citizens of Canberra.

ACTION bus service—MyWay card information

MR COE: My question is to the minister for police. It has been recently reported that in the past four years on 27 occasions ACT police have requested information on the private travel of bus commuters. Data on individual travel has been provided on 16 occasions. In 2011, the opposition was advised after the question was taken on notice


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