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Forestville Montessori School is an independent, non-denomination school operated by The Peninsula Montessori Association Ltd (PMAL), a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee of its members, which was incorporated under the Companies Act in 1980.

The Board of Directors oversees the direction of the School. The Board works with the CEO and the Leadership Team to determine the School’s strategic objectives and key strategic initiatives. The Board monitors financial performance and risk and approves key policy changes and the annual budget. The CEO reports to the Board of Governors and is responsible for all operational decisions related to the day to day management of the School and its staff and students.

The Board of Directors


Idette Warburton – Director

Idette Warburton

Idette Warburton, BA Communications, majoring in public relations. Over the last 22 years, Idette has worked both in Australia and overseas as a learning specialist, including as a technical writer, instructional designer, project manager and senior project manager.

Idette has experience across a large number of industries including banking, retail, finance, IT, mining, government, transport, media, pharmaceutical, education, manufacturing, telecommunications, publishing and not-for-profit.

For the last 5 years Idette has been running a small business with annual turnover of $2million+ demonstrating strong operational and financial management skills.


Ian Howe

Ian Howe, BE (Electrical) has built a career in software development that includes work at Scentregroup, Channel 9 and Amadeus. He currently runs his own small business.

Ian has been a parent at FMS since 2015 and currently has 2 children attending.


Bill Conway

Bill has forty years’ experience in the education sector, primarily in school leadership positions. His post graduate work has been in the areas of Bilingual education, Counseling, and ethical Business practice. Bill commenced a leadership position in Montessori in 2007 and retired from that position in 2020. He is currently conducting courses for Montessori administrators around the world under the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Bill also serves as a board director for Montessori Schools and Centres Australia (MSCA) and regularly consults with schools in Australasia and SE Asia. 


Genevieve Lang

Genevieve Lang (BMus Performance) has built a successful 25-year career working across the arts, initially as a professional freelance harpist performing with major ensembles and orchestras around Australia. More recently, Genevieve has branched out into music journalism and arts administration. You might know her voice from listening to ABC Classic, Australia’s national classical music radio station, where she’s a regular presenter throughout the week, or the (very) occasional TV appearance for ABC Television.

Genevieve joined the Forestville Montessori parent community in 2016 when her son joined the toddle program. Since then, he’s been joined by his sister at the school, where both kids have thrived. Though discovering Montessori was a happy accident, Genevieve is a passionate believer in the foundational principles of following the child, and allowing kids to grow, develop and learn at a rate most appropriate to them.


Shy Bastianpillai

Shy is a Finance Executive with over 25 years of experience in Multinational Organisations and in the Not For Profit sector.

A foundation in 2 of the ‘Big 4’ professional services firms complemented her transition into Commerce, Industry and NFP. Success has been through formulating financial strategy to drive efficiency into business operations. Shy has a proven track record in business transformation and change management as businesses grew organically, as well as through mergers & acquisitions.

Shy’s passion is to impart knowledge and experience through leading teams, coaching and mentoring.


Forestville Montessori Board of Directors

Marcel Batrac

Marcel Batrac is an accomplished Project Director with over a decade of experience in the property industry, adept at managing both private and public sector projects. Known for his strategic vision and leadership skills, Marcel has successfully overseen numerous high-profile developments.

His commitment to excellence and innovation continues to drive his success in the ever-evolving property landscape.

Marcel took part in the 2023 Observership program, as an observer of the FMS Board. He was appointed as a Director in June 2024.

Marcel looks forward to working with the board and management team in furthering the school’s goals and objectives.

Ex Officio CEO/Principal

Denice Scala

Company Secretary

Irina Namroud

Parents can support the school by becoming an Ordinary Member of the Peninsula Montessori Association LTD.  The invitation is ongoing and open. You can download a copy of the form here, or pop into reception and ask for a copy.

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9 – 12 Years

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