Mirror Magazine

9th November 1997

Junior Times

Hello Children,

This week we have a essay sent by one of you on ambition. All of you I'm sure have ambitions. Dreams to be either doctors, lawyers, teachers or anything that inspires you. While it's nice to have such ambitions about your future, if you want to make them come true you must work hard to achieve what you long for. So study hard in order to make your dreams a reality.

Until next week
Aunty Sunshine


One, two, three there go the bees,
The queen as their leader,
Busy working beside her.
Singing buzz, buzz,buzz,

They all get together,
To make a little hive,
With liquid on their bodies.
Singing buzz, buzz, buzz.

Flying round and round the flowers,
Sucking sweet nectar,
Filling the hive with honey
Singing buzz, buzz, buzz.

Ishiya Isack
Negombo International School.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean. The narrow strip of water separating Sri Lanka and India is called Palk Straits. The longest river in Sri Lanka is the Mahaweli River. The highest mountain in Sri Lanka is Piduruthalagala. The capital of Sri Lanka is called Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte. Many foreigners come to Sri Lanka to see its natural beauty and cultural attractions.

The President of Sri Lanka is Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

N. Nirmalan
School: Kingston College International, Wellawatte.

Adios my friend!

(A poem dedicated to Waseem Akram our very close friend.)

We were wondering why you hadn't come to school
For so many days and we were amused
imageThat was until Fouzan came and told us you were sick
Then we weren't so confused
We were hoping you would get well soon
And we were planning to send you a simple letter
But then we thought that a letter was too boring
And we decided a "GET WELL" card would be much better.

We are sorry you have to miss all the excitement
And fun that is in progress
But now that you are not here anymore
All the fun is useless
But one day the worst news arrived
When Fouzan said you have left this school
Although we heard the news
We thought Fouzan was acting the fool!
But as time passed by we all
Came to realize the very sad reality
And to all of us it felt like
A brother's fatality

You have always been our friend
And you have always been our buddy
But now you have left us and
The school where you used to study!
We will be missing you
And we will always remember you
Because the fact that we have always liked you
Will always be true!

Your everlasting friends in 6A
Abdul Qadir Sabreen Reffai,
Amal International School.

My Ambition

Ambitions vary according to people. My ambition is to be a teacher. Teaching is a noble profession. It is a profession of love and labour.

The future of a country depends on its youth and the future of the youth is in the hands of the teachers. So by becoming a teacher, I can do a great service to the country.

A good teacher has to read a lot. He must be tactful and patient to tackle students in such a manner, so they will not be discouraged. A good teacher has to be disciplined. I also like this profession, because a teacher has a lot of leisure hours and so during my leisure hours I can do something useful and profitable. For all these reasons I like the teaching profession.

Jude Dinesha Wijesuriya,
Piyathissa College,

My pet puppy

Black is my little puppy. It jumps a little, runs a little in our garden. Barks a little, sleeps a little under my bed. It's a naughty little puppy.

But I love it so.

Nilanti Kusumalatha,
Dandubanduruppa J.S.


Nature is so beautiful, that you forget how beautiful you are. Nature is so lovely to see that you forget what your pains are. Nature is so fantastic that you forget what you could do. We belong to nature and nature to us.

M.N. Naimoz,
Alexo International,
7 A.

Fish of the world

Beautiful to look at through the glass of a fish tank at home are Piranhas or goldfish and many more, but most of the ornamental fish kept in freshwater aquaria can be found in their wild state in warm tropical waters. Popular among these are imageNeon Tetra, Swordtails, Sailfin Mollies and Butterfly Fish.

A Strange Method of Incubation

Although most fish leave their eggs to hatch unattended, there is one strange case of parental care in fish. This occurs in a species of Tilapia. These fish incubate the eggs in their mouth. They have a special pocket between the bones of the lower jaw, and the eggs are kept here until they hatch. The young fish continue to hid inside their mother's mouth for several days after hatching and, at the first sign of danger, they rush back into her mouth.

Electric Fish

The Electric Eel which lives in Sout American rivers is feared as much the piranha fish. It can produce an electrical discharge as a means of defence and attack; this can paralyse even a large mammal. With its specially modified muscles the eel can produce between 200 and 300 volts and a current of up to one amp.

A similar phenomenon occurs with the Mormyrids. These are bottom-feeding fish which have elongated snouts, like trunks. The African species produces only a fairly weak discharge. The Electric Catfish, however, can give a substantial shock, although this is not dangerous to man.

Aquatic Mammals

In the great tropical rivers and their estuaries there are many mammals adapted to life in fresh water, among them the Amazonian Dolphin in South America and the Gangetic Dolphin of India.

Along the South American river banks lives the rare Giant Brazilian Otter which has webbed feet and is about 1.5 metres long, including the tail. At dawn this large animal dives into the water to catch fish and waterbirds.

Unfortunately, it is now an endangered species as it has been hunted for its skin and, being diurnal, was more easily captured than nocturnal species. Another South American species is the capybara, the largest rodent in the world. It can weigh up to fifty kilograms and may be 1.1 metres long. It is a good swimmer and lives near swamps, lakes and rivers where it hides if threatened. The capybara feeds on water-plants and is an inoffensive and gregarious animal which grazes quietly on land.

In African rivers there is a large water insectivore, the Otter Shrew, which is about thirty centimetres long. Although its feet are not webbed it is a good swimmer and propels itself through the water with its tail, searches for its food of fish, crabs and amphibians.

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