Do we know how the environment plays an important role in our life? We must have a clean
environment. For that we must also protect the
environment. That is why the UNO has declared
June 5 as the World Environment Day.
"Many Species One Planet One Future" is the theme for this year. This year has been focused on Biodiversity. Though our country has a huge
diversity of species, many are under threat of
Many plants and
animals have been
endangered. As the human population increases,
deforestation, fishing and hunting increases, which in turn, takes the species to extinction. Deforestation affects the natural beauty of the environment and the lifestyle of the different species which depend on each other. All animals basically depend on plants for food and shelter.
The cutting down of trees breaks the food chain. Trees also absorb carbon dioxide from the air and increase oxygen, which makes the environment healthy.
Let's take some steps
forward to save the
environment by recycling waste materials and ban polythene.
By Hussain Latiff
Amal International Boys' School
My friend is Farazath. He is six years old. He likes to eat cake and bread. He likes to drink juice. His favourite colour is green. He goes to Amal International School. He comes to school by motorbike.
I love my friend.
A visit to my grandmother's house
By Ruqaiyah Rafeek
Lyceum International School, Nugegoda
It was the month of April. Signs of happy days were to come. But my
family and I were about to lose something too soon.
After my father came home from work, he told all of us to get ready for a visit to our grandmother's house. I started to think why. Could it be good news or bad news?
Till we arrived at
grandma's place, all of us were silent in the car. When we stepped into the house the good news turned bad.
I saw my grandpa on bed, unable to speak. It was his last few days with us. Looking at grandpa made me cry. He would be
leaving us at any moment, but I tried my best to be with him as much as I could.
We went home, and I couldn't stop thinking about him. The next day at
10 a.m., the phone rang.
My sister picked up and I ran to her to know what had
happened. She started to cry. Then I knew it was worse than bad. It was the 2nd of April and my
grandpa had left us.
I attended his funeral that same day and I still pray for him and ask to meet him in Paradise.
By Thihansa Ranaweera (Grade 4),
My school's name is Musaeus College. Our school principal's name is Mrs. Dandeniya Madam. My school is a private school. My school has tall buildings. There are classes from Grade One to Grade Thirteen.
Our school is a big school. My school has 6000 children. Our school has 300 teachers. My school is a famous school. I love my school very much.
My favourite cartoon
By Venan Sureshchandr
S. Thomas' Preparatory School, Colombo 3
My favourite cartoon is
Scooby-Doo. There are five
characters in it. It goes on Sirasa TV, Cartoon Network and Boomerang. The five characters are Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby. There are four dogs in it. They are Scooby-Doo, Scrappy-Doo,
Scooby-Dee and Scooby-Dum. They catch ghosts and monsters every time. They go in the Mystery Machine. They solve mysteries.
They find clues every time.
The cartoon goes on TV from Monday to Friday. Scooby and Shaggy are greedy for food. I like this cartoon because it is funny.
I like Scooby-Doo.
By Anitha Pulendran
Kingston College International,
education comes from the Greek word 'educo'. It means bringing out the
values of man. When a man is born into this world, he is born with intelligence and values. But it is only education that brings them out. Thus
education plays an important role in a man's life.
Education does not mean mere book learning. It consists of moral values too. We must know what is good and what is bad. It is only education that will help us to discriminate between good and bad.
The main aim of education is character building. "If wealth is lost, nothing is lost.
If health is lost,
something is lost. If character is lost, everything is lost" goes the saying. Education moulds a person to be a better member of society.
By Ravishiya Malithi (Grade 3),
OKI International School, Kotikawatta
My name is Ravishiya Malithi. I am eight years old. I'm in Grade Three.
I have long hair. I live in Battaramulla. I am going to OKI International School (Kotikawatta).
I like to eat mangoes. My drink is orange juice. My birthday is on April 27, 2002. My favourite subject is Maths. My favourite colour is pink. I want to be a teacher when I grow up.
My pretty doll
By Malki Kannangara
Lanka Sabha Junior School, Battaramulla
pretty doll's name is Teena. She is two years old. My pretty doll can cry, but she cannot eat rice.
She can sing and dance. She is very beautiful.
I love my pretty doll.
My favourite singer
By Nethmi Fernando
Our Lady of Victories Convent, Moratuwa
My favourite singer is Justin Bieber. He was born in Canada on
March 1, 1994. He is
16 years old. His father is Jeremy Bieber. His mother is Pattie Bieber.
He is a famous singer. He can sing well. He can play the guitar, trumpet, piano and drums. He also can speak fluent French. His favourite music is
R & B and Pop. His favourite artists are Usher and Michael Jackson.
There are many songs of Justin's such as 'Baby', 'One more time', 'Never let you go', 'Love me', 'You smile', 'Ini Mini' and much more. He has
completed a new album called 'My World'
including all these songs.
His songs are so famous. He has won many awards. He is a very talented singer.
I am a huge fan of Justin Bieber. I hope someday
I will get to meet him.
Earthquakes and volcanoes
By Shameena Rayen
Adventist International School
Two powerful forces of nature that are rarely out of news are earthquakes and volcanoes. They can both cause great damage and danger to the people. Earthquakes and
volcanoes help to shape
our earth by forming
mountains, valleys and islands.
Everyday there are about 3000 earthquakes. Most of them are so small that no one notices them. About once a week there is an earthquake big enough to cause a little damage.
Each year about
50 volcanoes erupt on the land. This causes hundreds to die and thousands to flee their homes. It can erupt sometimes violently, throwing out pieces of rock and ash along with the magma which is known as lava. Sometimes magma erupts under water. A few volcanoes erupt all the time. A volcano that erupts is said to be active.
There are about 1300 active
volcanoes in the world.
The volcanoes that have not erupted for a long time are sleeping. If a volcano hasn't erupted for
thousands of years it is said to be extinct.
There are even more
volcanoes under the sea. Sometimes when one of these erupts it forms a new island.
By Janindu Jayawardana (Grade 2),
Trinity College, Kandy
butterfly is an insect.
It has colourful wings.
It is very
beautiful. It flies from flower to flower to suck nectar. The small
children love butterflies.
By Jeewangi Sankalpana (Class 8),
Swarna Jayanthi M.V.,
Newspapers are a source of information. We can get knowledge from reading newspapers. There are Sinhala, Tamil and English newspapers. Some of them are Funday Times, Junior Observer, Lankadeepa, Lakdiva, Sithumina and Weerakeshvari.
We read them at leisure time. They are not
expensive. We can improve knowledge. We can read newspapers anywhere and can bring newspapers
headlines, local news,
foreign news, children's
stories, cartoons, vacancies, marriage proposals and obituary notices.
Some newspapers are published monthly, daily, and weekly. All the people get newspapers. It is a source of information. Newspapers are very useful to life because they give knowledge to our lives.
A journey to Dunhinda Falls
By Nuha Rizan (Grade 5),
Oxford International College, Badulla
We started our
journey at 9 o'clock on April 22, 2010. I went there with my sister, aunt and uncle. We parked the vehicle on the side of the road. There were boutiques on either side of the rough path which leads to the falls.
We bought corn from one of the vendors. When we were walking on the extension bridge, we saw monkeys on trees. We had a nice time. We gave corn to the monkeys.
We saw Italians and said hello to them.
When we were walking ahead we saw a mother
monkey feeding the baby. We took
Finally, after a couple of miles passed, we came to Dunhinda Waterfalls. The water was as white as snow. We ate biscuits and drank juice. We
rested there for a while and we started to come back home.
By Nelunika Kapuwatte (7 years),
Gateway College, Kandy
Vesak day celebrates the Birth, Enlightenment and the Death of the Lord Buddha. It is a religious festival for Buddhists all over the world.
Every year it falls on the full moon day of the month of May. On this full moon poya day, Buddhist people go to the temples and worship Lord Buddha.
Electrically lit pandols, colourful lanterns, dansalas and bhakthi gee singing by girls and boys can be seen on this day.
Rainy days of April
By Ashvini Marapana (Grade 6),
Royal International School, Kegalle
The month of April is famous for heavy rains. Every day in the evening it gets darker. There is loud thunder and
lightning. It seems like the sky is very angry.
Because of the rain the drains, streams and rivers are filled with water. Our garden has many muddy pools. There are strong winds. Old trees and big branches fall on the streets.
We have power cuts very often. There are floods and landslides in many towns.
When I go to sleep it's very cold. I hide under my blanket and go to sleep.
What I like to do in the morning
By Kajaruban Thanjeyan (Year 1),
St. John Bosco, Jaffna
I wake up at
I have a wash. Then I say my prayers. After that
I get to my studies.
Then I get dressed. After
breakfast, I start for school at 7.30 a.m.
My unforgettable day
By Chathurya Jayawardana
(Grade 5) Sacred Heart Convent, Galle
My 'Bappy' went to Korea three years ago. That day was my
unforgettable day. On that day, a lot of friends and neighbours came to meet him. He asked us to give a rupee. But I didn't have a rupee. So I gave him a two rupee. I still remember it.
He had dressed in a white shirt and black trousers. He put his clothes in a big bag.
My grandmother gave him a glass of water full of flowers on the doorstep. He drank it and worshipped my grandparents. He told me to get many gold medals and show him when he came to
He will return to
Sri Lanka at the end of this month. I'm, waiting impatiently till he comes.
From an overseas reader
A day I will not forget
By Nethaka Amarakoon
Ashmore State School,
Our flight to Australia was on May 19. It was raining so much there were floods. My Appachi took a boat. We all got into it. Mother carried Nangi , father hugged me. I was afraid, I closed my eyes.
We came to the airport and got into our plane. It was a very bad day, too much rain and floods and I was very sad to leave Sri Lanka.