Land’s Edge, one of Australia’s most respected outdoor education companies has announced that Ms Michele Naughton, Deputy Principal of Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney, has been appointed Outdoor Education Director, Sydney Harbour.

Land’s Edge founders, Antony Butcher and Fleur Harmelin, said the appointment of Ms Naughton is an exciting development for the company, which is expanding its operations to Chowder Bay on Sydney Harbour from next month.

‘It’s a coup that Sydney Harbour Federation Trust has accepted our application for tenancy in a 75-bed accommodation and education facility at the Chowder Bay site.

‘But to have Michele – whose belief in whole-person interpretive education based on biophysical environments reflects our own – heading up the Sydney Harbour arm of the business is absolutely the icing on the cake,’ said Mr Butcher. 

Ms Naughton explains that her passion for the environment and experiential learning for young people led her to apply for the unique position.

‘Having worked in secondary schools in NSW for over 17 years, my commitment to working with young people and fostering their development is evident.

‘But I have to say that my outdoor education excursions with students in that time have been the most successful and productive teaching experiences in my career'

Land’s Edge Sydney Harbour outdoor education, recreation programs and curriculum-based field studies will rutilise the Harbour’s waterways, foreshore and bushlands, including the Trust’s lands at Middle Head, North Head and Cockatoo Island. 

Activities that provide interaction with the natural environment include snorkelling, sea kayaking / rafting, swimming, coastal walks, bushwalking, initiative activities, marine tours, solo experiences, camping, Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Art and Culture sessions and tall ship sailing. All the activities have an umbrella philosophy of environmental sustainability.

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