Mattala International Airport, also known as
MIA is under construction in the southern province.
It will be open to public in this year (2012). In this airport, authority is using 60% for cargo and 40% for passengers.
The constructions are done in two stages and this airport will be introduced
to the world as an
eco-friendly airport. Mattala airport has the capability to control the largest airplane the A380. This airport is going to include a runway, a taxiway, passenger and cargo terminal, basic aerodrome facilities, ATC tower, fire fighting unit, fuel farm, car park etc.
The ATC tower, which will be built in a lotus shape, will be a significant landmark for Sri Lanka.
Benefits of this project are as an alternative Intl Airport for Sri Lanka, employment for the community, and it will bring a good income to
The Battle of the Blues
By Stephan Peiris (14 years),
S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia
It’s March again and the start of the Big Match season. The time has come for the next Royal-Thomian and the question on every Royalist and Thomian mind is “Who will win this year?”
This year’s favourites are the Thomians and I must say that the team must be very happy as we were the underdogs for the past three
to four years. The last win for
S. Thomas’ was in 2007 and Royal’s last win was in 2006. Every match after that has been a draw.
As Thomians we are proud of our First XI team and we are sure they’ll play to their best in this big match. To Sachin Peiris our captain and the team, play the game hard, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose. What matters is how you play the game. You have the voices of over 5000 Thomians, young and old, cheering for you. But most importantly you have the ‘Thomian Grit’, that famous legend that the Royalists and other schools’ cannot destroy.
My prayers are with you but most of all my prayers are with the Royalists, who to win this match will need nothing short of a miracle!!
By Binadha Weerasooriya (Grade 2),
St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa
My name is Binadha Weerasooriya.
I am seven years old. I live in Moratuwa. I go to St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa. I have a brother and a sister. We are triplets. We play together.
I like to play with toy animals.
My favourite animal is the dinosaur.
I like to learn about dinosaurs. My father gave me a book about dinosaurs. My favourite fruit is bananas. I like to ride the bicycle. One day I am going to be a pilot.
By Sarah Zavahir (12 years),
St. Paul’s Girls’ School
Reading books is very useful for everybody.
It is really enjoyable and interesting. Books can take us to another world. We can travel to fairylands and travel to other countries.
Books relate many interesting stories. Reading books help us in our education. I love storybooks.
My new class
By Thiseni Kristhorubadu (9 years),
My new class is 5D. Our class teacher is
Mrs. Padmini. There are 33 pupils in my class. There is a Buddha statue in our class.
We worship in class everyday.
Our class is neat and tidy. We have lots of charts in our classroom. My new teacher is lovely and kind and we love her very much.
Responsibilities of a child
By Rehan Perera (12 years),
St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya
There are so many responsibilities for a child. They should be an all round student, obey their parents and teachers, be neat and tidy and they should be kind to one another.
A child should work hard and excel in studies and sports too. When a friend gives us a book, we have to be responsible with the book.
As a student we have to have a proper target. We have to try and excel in studies and bring happiness to our parents. There are some children who don’t develop their responsibilities and studies. But children have to develop their responsibilities and studies.
My elder sister
By Ranugi Ransiluni
My elder sister’s name is Ranuli Ranasinha. She is 11 years old. She studies at Lyceum International School.
Her favourite colour is pink. She has two sisters and one brother.
Her favourite drink is apple juice. Her favourite
food is Mc’Rice.
Her favourite place is our Grandmother’s home.
Her mother’s name
is Nadeera. Her father’s name is Prasanna. Her brother’s name is Vikmal. Her younger sister’s name is Vinuli. I am her youngest sister, Ranugi.
A wonderful trip to Paradise of Asia
By Haris Zaynah (13 years),
Mahmud Ladies College,
In the month of February, my father, my mother, my brother and I, we all went to Katunayake airport to go to Malaysia. Wow! It was a
At about 6.20 a.m., we walked to the airplane. The plane Air Asia was starting its journey.
At about 2.30 p.m., Malaysian time, we landed on my dreamland Malaysia. On the first day we start our journey to book a hotel. On the following day, we went with a tour guide to take a look at the wonderful places in Malaysia.
First we went to the Royal Palace of the King of Malaysia, which is located in the capital Kuala Lumpur. It was beautiful and a very grand place. It was fully decorated with beautiful flowers. We took lots of photographs near it.
Then we went to see the museum, the Grand Umbrella Masjid, Fireflies Island and much more interesting things and places. From Kuala Lumpur, we went to a far, far and high place called Genting Highlands. It was a very good eye-catching place. There are lots of thrilling games, an artificial forest, casino, Dragon Tales and wishing wells and much more.
At last we gave our last goodbyes to sweet Malaysia. Once is never enough in the case of Malaysia.
The pet I would like to have
By Muralidaran Lathurshan (9 years),
Oxford Int. College,
I would like to have a dog. The name I would like is Spike. I would give it its favourite food. The kind of dog I would like to have is a Dalmation.
Its colour is white with black dots. I would make a nice kennel for it. I would treat it as my friend. I would train it to play with me and bring my things. I would keep it as a good guard for me.
I would keep it very clean. When I train it to play I would play with it every evening. I would introduce it to my friends.
I would buy toys for it.
I won’t tie it.