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Ramona-Packham-Rocketstars-Teacher

Meet Ramona Packham, ballet and latin expert.

Helping kids be the best they can be is what drives us, and it’s no secret. Why?

Last week we introduced Emma, and now we meet Ramona… in our new series profiling the Rocketstars™ Academy teachers.

Because our amazing team of teachers and experts are incredibly passionate about seeing their students develop and grow into successful, happy young people.

Classes: BALLET, LATIN & PHYSICAL CONDITIONING 

Ramona-Packham-Rocketstars Academy Ballet & Latin Teacher

Tell us what it is you teach, and why you do what you do.

Ramona: Teaching kids to dance is founded on the gratitude I have for being given this same opportunity as a little one. Growing up in the studio is one of the most precious gifts I ever received. I love to watch kids share the same passion I have, and to see them learning, developing, and enjoying the process is invaluable. 

Teaching adults is a personal favourite…

I love meeting motivated individuals who are fighting to overcome the barriers of pursuing fitness and joy. Creating an environment to facilitate healthy social community is exciting, and I certainly benefit in this social aspect myself! 

Rocketstars Academy is a team of incredibly passionate people. What drives you to help kids be the best they can be?

Ramona: An essential part of my role is to make kids aware of the potential they have and then support them in getting there!

Kids inspire me because they dream big dreams. The people they look up to and learn from are going to have an impact on the decisions they make for the rest their lives. To be a part of unlocking their fearlessness is an opportunity I would never give up.

What’s your favourite saying or quote to do with teaching kids?

Ramona: The phrase ‘I can’t’ is simply not to be in your vocabulary.

What do you think is the best part and the best thing about remote learning – but also the most challenging thing?

Remote learning has allowed us to continue pursuing the hobbies and interests we all have! It provides us with a platform to continue working toward our goals, interacting with friends, and gives us structured activity day to day.

The most challenging part of remote learning is being unable to transmit our energy and excitement in its fullest, but we’ve done our very best… And will be back to face-to-face soon!


Stay tuned for more… or meet our Principal Rob Nelson.

Rocketstars Academy has launched a range of exciting new online classes to help your child be the best they can be, run from our Point Cook HQ.

For more info on how we can support your child’s educational journey, or for a free trial class contact us on 03 9369 8774 or read more here.

Emma-Wilby-Rocketstars-Teacher

Teachers rock! Meet Emma Wilby, Dance & Drama expert.

It’s no secret. Helping kids learn, to be the best they can be… It’s what energises us!

Why? It’s because our amazing experts are incredibly passionate about seeing their students develop and grow into successful, happy young people.

First up in our new series profiling the Rocketstars Academy teachers, is Emma Wilby.

Classes: DANCE & DRAMA 

Emma-Wilby-Rocketstars-Academy
Emma-Wilby-Rocketstars Academy Dance & Drama Teacher

Tell us what it is you teach, and why you do what you do.

Emma: I teach dance and drama at Rocketstars Academy. I do it because I love it, it’s as simple as that!

I am so grateful for the opportunity to pass on my passion for the arts and give students the tools and guidance that they need to indulge in the wonderfully expressive world of dance and drama.

Rocketstars Academy is a team of incredibly passionate people. What drives you to help kids be the best they can be?

Emma: I love teaching because I get to witness, first hand, the student’s incredible growth in each class. Everyone gets to watch an awesome performance on stage at the end of the year, but I am lucky enough to witness and encourage growth in confidence, discipline and their love of  performing every single week in class.

I see all the hard work, tears and frustration, but also the joy, motivation and triumphs and it is amazing to be part of that journey!

What’s your favourite saying or quote to do with teaching kids?

 “The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see”

Emma: No two students are the same. I strongly believe in encouraging individuality, creativity and uniqueness!!!

What do you think is the best part and the best thing about remote learning – but also the most challenging thing?

Emma: Remote learning can, of course, be challenging. It’s new and unfamiliar and kids find it funny to be learning from the comfort of their own home, rather than in their usual learning spaces.

But how incredible is technology? We have the opportunity to connect and learn from anywhere in the state, the country or in the world! I even taught a private student from Costa Rica a few weeks ago, how insane is that?

It shows and proves to us just how amazing and capable we are. I have been so impressed by how switched on and determined students have been. It’s a true testament to their passion for learning.


Stay tuned for more… or meet our Principal Rob Nelson.

Rocketstars Academy has launched a range of exciting new online classes to help your child be the best they can be, run from our Point Cook HQ.

For more info on how we can support your child’s educational journey, or for a free trial class contact us on 03 9369 8774 or read more here.

Rob Nelson School Principal Rocketstars Academy

What is success? Principal Rob’s top tips.

Wondering how to help your kid succeed in school? Every parent recognises the importance of education for their children. All of us hope our children will be successful throughout their education and go on to have a successful career or job.

Parents can use these simple tools to encourage success.


There are a few things that parents can do that can greatly help their children to be successful. I will briefly look at some of these in this episode of the blog and then more fully in future posts.

In our new series, drawing on his 40 years of educational experience, our Principal Rob Nelson talks about children’s education, and how to help your child be the best they can be.


As a parent you should be looking to:

Help them give their best effort


Encourage your child to always give their best. Each of us is an individual. We have different strengths and talents. Our effort and desire to always give our best will ensure we are successful.

We should be measuring success by reward for our effort, rather than just an arbitrary score. Don’t get me wrong, marks such as 98% or A+ are very important. But knowing that you got the mark you had aimed for because you gave it your best effort and did everything you could is intrinsically more rewarding and will ensure future success.

Find your child’s strengths and let them shine


Help your children recognise what they are good at. Look to be very specific. Break down success/strengths to elements your child can focus on.

For example, rather than say, ‘You are good at Maths.’ Tell your child, ‘You persist with working through a problem. You use efficient strategies to solve problems. You have a strong recall of number facts/processes.’

By focussing on skills etc you can encourage your child to use these positive attributes in more challenging situations. For example:

  • ‘You are very good at persisting with a problem. Be sure you persist when you are challenged.’
  • ‘What strategy did you use last time? Will that strategy help you with this problem?”

These strengths are areas that your children can control and develop. If you’re keen to read more, see GROWTH MINDSET by Carol Dweck.

Enjoyment is key!


The third area to discuss today is enjoyment. We all do better at things we enjoy/like, including to succeed at school.

Look to make learning (and school) enjoyable. Celebrate successes. Give feedback* (‘You included some very effective descriptive phrases in your writing. You provided the reader clear and interesting information in your report.’) that acknowledge the work done. Help your child develop the ability to identify their successes and what they did to achieve them.

Highlight how what they are doing will help them have continued success. Show that; you are still learning — give concrete examples — and that you enjoy learning. Play games that utilise learning.

*I will discuss feedback and learning conversations in a future post.
In the next post I will write about READING.

Home learning

The challenges of home learning

Home learning. Nobody said it was going to be easy!

How are you managing with having this new (and of course hugely important) responsibility? All around Victoria right now, parents are more hands on than ever in the education of their child, or kids. 

Kids are amazing

Just like many of us in our day jobs, our kids’ amazing teachers have adapted quickly to new technology. And new ways of facilitating learning. Odds are, school-age students are much faster at learning new digital skills than what we parents are! 

This resilience and pace of change is impressive, to say the least. It’s something we will probably look back on and celebrate!

It can be tough

But it can be quite tough on mums and dads.

What we’re quickly learning is that no matter how great the software or digital experience might be, and no matter how much planning and structure there is in a young student’s week…

It’s the unexpected questions and the unknown challenges that are most likely going to come back to mum or dad. And quite possibly at the same time as mum or dad has work deadlines, Zoom calls, and learning new stuff themselves. It really is an unprecedented situation!

It’s OK to call it out

It’s OK to stop and acknowledge that things are actually a bit tough. We believe it’s OK to stop and connect with someone in your network is probably going through the same thing. Maybe it’s a supportive comment on Facebook this week, or a chat with a parent in the exact same boat. Why not reach out this week and connect with someone you know?

The team here at Rocketstars Academy is in this with you. We’ve just dropped the price for the lockdown period of our classes – so if you need a little extra help fo the next 6 weeks our next class is Monday.

Get in touch

DM us, comment or just give us a call and we’d be honoured to play a role in your child’s learning during this period and beyond (check out our Facebook page for details, it’s around half price so really really good value that we hope will make a difference to some local families). You can enrol here for a Trial Class too.

Our amazing Academic teacher Shelly keeping it fun from home!

Thanks and much love

– The Rocketstars Academy Team

Making the most of study times in lockdown

Kids study from home
Studying at home is the new normal in Victoria, for now.

Remote learning in Victoria… helping our kids with school work is the new normal, and this can certainly prove challenging at times. Juggling competing demands, work or other commitments and still having time to provide the needed support – it’s a lot! And yet this will perhaps become one of the most rewarding things we have done, and give our little ones some of their best memories of school times with us.

It might be their friends that they miss the most, or maybe their favourite teacher. But you can play a lead role in making study at home the best it can be.

Teachers… our kids’ heroes

We often expect a lot from our child’s teachers, and for good reason. The development of our kids is our number one priority! One thing we have been reminded of though (if we’d forgotten this, even for a moment), is the huge role a caring and dedicated school and its teachers can play in our child’s school life. Teachers and educators everywhere have had huge change to rise to, and it’s been amazing to see this play out with quick moves to new technology and student support.

Learning from home

Being prepared and having a good study space setup can make a big difference for kids’ feeling comfortable and ready to put in the right effort. A clean area with a desk the right height, appropriate seating for a child… and of course the right books, pens and goodies.

Keep up the amazing work, you’re doing something so important in these unprecedented times! 💆‍♂️👩‍👦 🎈


Rocketstars Academy offers a range of new online study programs to help you support your child from home. Contact us today for more information.

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