Alta-1 Albany

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.



Steve Sharp

Principal - Great Southern

M. Ed


Main Office: Unit 1 / 57 Lockyer Avenue Albany WA 6330

Enquiries: 9841 7839 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.


Senior Campus

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.


Middle Campus

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. 


Marine VET

New for 2018 is Marine VET.  Marine VET is an innovative full-time vocational education and training programme.  Details coming soon.


In addition to the three full-time campus based programmes, Alta-1 Great Southern has two non-campus programmes.



Connect-Ed is supported across the Great Southern region from a base in Albany. Some young people, for a variety of reasons, are largely house bound and need to access education in an alternative manner. The aim of the Connect-Ed Programme is to provide such young people with a home-based on-line educational program while at the same time offering face-to-face teacher contact and local mentor/pastoral care and support. Connect-Ed has the same holistic therapeutic approach of campus based programmes.


The Connect-Ed curriculum is an online virtual classroom. All students complete large parts of their education in the comfort of their own homes. In addition to working with our Albany based Connect-Ed teacher, each student is cared for by one of our Connect-Ed chaplains. These chaplains, where possible, are drawn from the local community.  Chaplains meet with students weekly, in the student’s home and work with the student to supportively engage in the process of positive change. Those that develop the confidence can participate in local excursions. In addition, students can meet each week for a few hours of small group contact facilitated by the Teacher.


Targeted Engagement Programme

The Targeted Engagement Programme or TEP is designed for the young person who has experienced serious personal challenges and though being able is not ready to attend a campus. TEP is a bridging programme designed to provide a pathway to a campus or work placement. Time in TEP is largely 1-1 with a skilled Youth Engagement Worker.  TEP has three key elements:

1.  Adventure and relationship building experiences;

2. Personal Recovery Curriculum;

3. Educational Preparation;

4. Good Deeds.


TEP numbers are strictly limited.



Alta-1 Great Southern Staff

Middle Campus

Teacher: Anita Hamersley

Chaplain: Mark Kelder

Education Assistant:  Silke Fischer-Malpass


Senior Campus

Teacher: Josh Hotchkin

Chaplain: Melanie Johnson

Education Assistant: Caroline Nuthall

Education Assistant: Rebecca Trigg


Targeted Engagement Programme -TEP
Youth Engagement Worker: Tim Fairley

Youth Engagement Worker: Kathryn Davis



Teachers: Corinne Thompson and Katrina Rogozinski 

Chaplains: Kevin Van Buerle, Bronwyn Micke, Kathryn Davis, Natalie Hotchkin, Lisa and Michael Harvey, Joel Baty, Sue Patterson and Chris Mills.


Marine VET

Teacher: Craig Bottomley

Chaplain: Joseph Pitavanik


Therapeutic Team

Lead School Chaplain: Joel Baty

School Psychologist: Katrina Rogozinski 

School Counsellor: Natalie Hotchkin

Albany Middle School

Cnr Mercer Rd and Talyuberlup Way

Lange, Albany WA 6330


Postal Address
Unit 1 / 57 Lockyer Avenue

Albany WA 6330

Albany Senior School

Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre (ALAC)

52-57 Barker Road, Albany WA 6330


Postal Address
Unit 1 / 57 Lockyer Avenue

Albany WA 6330

Campus Locations

Phone +61 8 9403 8200

Fax +61 8 9403 8299

Office Address
4a / 14 Uppill Place
Wangara WA 6065

Postal Address
P.O. Box 2104

Wangara WA 6947