Alta-1 Great Southern
Alta-1 College Great Southern started in 2011 with a senior school campus in Albany. Two years later a middle school campus began. Growth since has been steady according to local needs. In 2017, the Great Southern school has grown to have over 100 students enrolled across five responsive recovery and re-engagement programmes including Middle and senior school campuses, ConnectEd, the Targeted Engagement Programme (TEP) and in 2018 Marine VET. Each programme is designed to support the at-risk young person using a holistic and flexible relationship focussed therapeutic recovery model within a positive Alta-1 community setting. In this mission, Alta-1 works closely with a range of local allied agencies to restore hope and purpose for each young person.
While most programmes are based in Albany there are options to help young people that reach across the Great Southern.
My name is Steve and I’ve lived in Albany most of my life. My 35 year career in education has been largely within the government sector with time as a teacher and senior administrator at several senior high schools.
From 1988-2010 I was at NASHS with the last five years as Deputy Principal. Late 2010 life took a 180 degree turn after unexpectedly needing open heart surgery following a diagnosis of advanced end-stage cardiomyopathy. After a 3-year medical journey and a miraculous heart recovery, I wanted to get back to work! I was fortunate to be offered the leadership position in Alta-1 College for the Great Southern. My staff are highly motivated and passionate in the mission of Alta-1 to assist highly at-risk young people. Together in partnership with community groups and local allied agencies, we work to positively impact the lives of both local and regional youth. Changing lives and restoring hope and purpose is highly rewarding.
You will likely have seen our office at the top end of Lockyer Avenue. Please feel free to call in for a chat if you have a young person who may need our help.
Principal - Great Southern
Main Office: Unit 1 / 57 Lockyer Avenue Albany WA 6330
Enquiries: 98413698 or 0487 231 161
Alta-1 Great Southern has five programmes designed to provide flexible re-engagement entry points for a young person into education.
The senior campus is currently based at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre (ALAC) where the weekday physical facilities and a supportive community are provided. The senior campus has between 30 and 40 young people aged between 15 and 19. Students have opportunity to study towards a WA Certificate of Education with WA Curriculum Council approved courses at both Foundation and General level.
The Middle campus moved mid 2017 into the new Church of Christ community centre located at the corner of Mercer Road and Talyuberlup Way. The Middle Campus has between 15 and 25 students studying a rich thematic curriculum with targeted literacy and numeracy strategies. The new centre is surrounded by peaceful bushland and has a indoor basketball court and a range of excellent facilities for students.
New for 2018 is Marine VET. Marine VET is an innovative full-time vocational education and training programme. Details coming soon.