31 August was Dr Maria Montessori's birthday. To celebrate this special day, all the children and teachers dressed up as a character from their favourite book. We had a costume parade, a shared morning tea, read all the lovely books, and had a visit from the Wellington Free Ambulance. Mark, the paramedic, showed the children through the ambulance and how the stretchers work and all his lights and sirens. The children were asked to bring a gold coin to donate to the Wellington Free Ambulance and we raised over $100 for this worthy cause. It was a fun day for everyone.