PIAF Connect

Meet Emma Hewitt

Wednesday 26 October 2016

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She’s a former historian, passionate Education programmer and, amazingly, former nanny for Rammstein. Now Emma Hewitt has returned home to create an education program that will inspire and delight the students and teachers of Perth.

Personally, what is your favourite part of Western Australia?

Lucky Bay at the Cape Le Grande National Park down near Esperance. Port Beach also swells my heart.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Perth, in the leafy streets of West Leederville.

Favourite part of summer in Perth:

The first crisp crash of the water and the quick freeze of your skin as you dive into the ocean.

What do children get out of involvement with the Arts?

Involvement with the arts has an enormously positive impact on social, personal and educational outcomes for children. And perhaps most importantly, the Arts provide meaningful avenues through which children can experiment with and explore their understanding of the world and themselves.

What can teachers get out of becoming involved in PIAF’s Education program?

The program is about opening up possibilities and growing imaginations. The program gives students amazing opportunities to work alongside some of the world’s best artists in rich, immersive and meaningful ways that support curriculum outcomes. I am so proud of this program and can’t wait to share it with schools.

What can people expect from this year’s education program?

So much! But underpinning it all is a real focus on creating rich, meaningful and outcomes-focussed opportunities for students to learn and create.

What made you want to work with children?

I am incredibly passionate about ensuring that children are acknowledged as citizens, whose voices and contributions are valued.