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 2018, the Great Southern school has grown to over 100 students. Enrolments are spread across five programs including Middle and Senior school campuses, ConnectEd, the Targeted Engagement Program (TEP) and Marine Vocational Education and Training (MVET).


Our programs are designed to support the at-risk young person to re-engage in education. Our approach is holistic and flexible with an intentional relationship focus. Our therapeutic recovery model helps a young person with their social, emotional and psychological issues within a positive Alta-1 community setting. In this mission, Alta-1 works closely with a range of local allied agencies, community groups and partnership churches to restore hope and purpose "changing lives one at a time". Our focus is not "what a young person can or can't do" but rather "who they are".


While most programs are based in Albany there are options to help young people that reach across the Great Southern.



Principal's Welcome

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. Since 2014 I have led Alta-1 here in Albany.


From 1988-2010 I was at NASHS with the last five years as Deputy Principal. These were fantastic years however late 2010 life took a dramatic and unexpected 180 degree turn. Following a diagnosis of advanced end-stage cardiomyopathy I found myself at the serious end of the medical system and needed urgent open heart surgery and an titanium LVAD heart pump "plumbed" into my heart for life support. The hope was that this pump would keep me alive long enough to make it to a heart transplant. After a 3-year wild medical journey, a stroke, second open heart surgery and a miraculous heart recovery, amazingly I returned to Albany late 2014 with a few scars but with my own heart still in place thank God!


I wanted to get back to work and was fortunate to be offered a position with Alta-1 College leading the Great Southern School. Much has happened in the years since and taking this role with Alta-1 has gifted me a new personal purpose driven future. My staff are wonderful people. As a team they're passionate and committed to helping the recovery and restoration of at-risk young people in our community.


Want to find out more? 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. We make a good coffee:)



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, based at Oceans Church on Lower King Road, 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 is located in the new Church of Christ community centre located at the corner of Mercer Road and Talyuberlup Way. Middle school students study 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. 


Marine VET

Marine VET (Vocational Education and Training) is an exciting and innovative VET based engagement program for the young person who is at risk of giving up on school and needs a fresh start. Marine VET uses the spectacular environment of Albany as the back drop to the delivery of nationally recognized certificates in Business and Fishing Operations (2018 Cert II / 2019 Cert III). Marine VET is 5 days/full time.


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



ConnectEd 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 ConnectEd Program 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. ConnectEd has the same holistic therapeutic approach of campus based programs.


The ConnectEd curriculum is an online virtual classroom. All students complete large parts of their education in their own home. In addition to working with our Albany based ConnectEd teacher, each student is cared for by one of our ConnectEd chaplains. These chaplains, where possible, are drawn from the local community.  Chaplains meet weekly for a few hours with the student at their home. Those that develop the confidence can participate in local excursions. In addition, students are encouraged to connect with their peers. There is opportunity to meet each week in a small group with other ConnectEd students. This class time is facilitated by the teacher.


Targeted Engagement Program

The Targeted Engagement Program 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, work placement or approved educational option. TEP engagement is 1-1 and where suitable in small groups supported by a skilled Youth Engagement Worker. The TEP "bridge" is 10-15  weeks in length. 


TEP has four key elements:

1. Strategic Relationship Building - quality time a mentor spends with a student in order to  build a relationship that facilitates re-engagement, personal growth and change.

2. Personal Recovery and Community Building - Assisting students to acknowledge and resolve negativity in their lives. TEP PRCB focuses on the Personal Recovery resources of Keeping Safe and Committing to Change.

3. Good Deeds - Acts done in service of the community.

4. Educational Preparation - EdPrep is teaching our students the basics of classroom etiquette and expectations. 


TEP numbers are strictly limited.



Alta-1 Great Southern Staff

Middle Campus

Teachers: Anita Hamersley and Kate Palmer-Boxall

Chaplain: Mark Kelder

Education Assistants:  Silke Fischer-Malpass and Abby Small


Senior Campus

Teachers: Josh Hotchkin and Rebecca Trigg

Chaplain: Melanie Johnson

Education Assistants: Kieran Carson, Rebecca Trigg and Hazel O'Neill


Targeted Engagement Programme -TEP
Youth Engagement Workers: Joseph Pitanivik, Kathryn Davis and Kev Van Buerle



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: Tim Fairley


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

Oceans Church

85 Brewster 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

Unit 1/ 7 Prindiville Drive

Wangara WA 6065

Connect Ed Administration
4a / 14 Uppill Place
Wangara WA 6065

Postal Address
P.O. Box 2104

Wangara WA 6947