The Sundaytimes Sri Lanka » Funday Times Official website of the Sunday Times Newspaper in Sri Lanka Sat, 30 Jun 2012 19:33:49 +0000 en hourly 1 Fun day at Nuga Gama Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:16:26 +0000 Pubudu Thirty lucky Funday Times club members spent an interesting morning at Nuga Gama Cinnamon Grand on June 23, 2012 at a workshop held in celebration of World Environment Day.

FT Club members celebrate World Environment Day at Nuga Gama


After the tour of Nuga Gama with Uncle Gamini, the kids had an interactive session with Aunty Tharika on how kids can make a difference when it comes to saving our planet. This was followed by some fun competitions such as ‘How long it takes to decompose’ and the ‘Hodiya game.’

After a yummy snack and an ice-cream treat, the winners were given their prizes by special guest Mrs. Sybil Wettasinghe, fondly called Sybil Nanda. This was followed by the prize-giving of the Power of Art Competition.

Sybil Nanda’s latest book ‘The Friendly Banyan Tree’ based on the 250 year old Banyan tree at Nuga Gama, was also launched at this ceremony and all the participants received a copy of this colourful book to take home.

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Achievement Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:47:12 +0000 Pubudu

Alexa and Akith Anton, Pramith and Nihari Sukumaran, Dhananjaya and Jananie Abeygunasekara, Archana and Anouk Perera and Imani and Sanugi Gunasekara are five sets of siblings who were prize winners for exams ranging from Junior Preparatory to Grade 10 at the annual Colombo Academy of Language Skills and Dramatic Art (CALSDA) prize giving held recently.

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Kids’ World Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:39:38 +0000 Pubudu My first camp trip

I attended my first camp when I was doing Girl Guiding. It was organised by my school Gateway College, Rajagiriya. The camp was at Negombo, near the lagoon. On April 9 we set off in our school bus at 7.30 in the morning. It took us an hour and a half to get there. We all sang Girl Guide songs and some silly ones on the way.

When we got there we thought we had come to the wrong place! It was so like a house, we were awestruck.
I said to myself, if we are going to stay here it’s a cool camp! We went to our rooms and unpacked. Then we started
decorating our corners. Spring, Summer and Autumn did a great job but my group Winter was the most realistic corner. We had lots of fun. Then we had lunch. It was quite tasty.

At 4p.m., we went near the lagoon and started making thank-you cards for our parents and bracelets for
ourselves. After that we had our mini sportsmeet at the camp ground. We all were so tired! We changed and went for dinner. Then we put out our sleeping bags and got ready to sleep.

The next day we went to the ‘Lellama’ on the beach. Then we went to the Uswetakeiyawa beach. We had lots of fun. That was the end of the camp. We said good-bye to everyone and left for school.

Jaishani Amarasekara (10 years), Gateway College, Rajagiriya

At the seaside

I love the seaside. The sea sand is very soft. The sea water is salty. It is a good place to enjoy. I have collected lots of seashells. Some of them are like rings, they are very beautiful.

I like going to the beach. It is a good place to fly kites. At night there are beautiful fireworks at the seaside. The beach is a good place to bathe. I love the seaside.

Aunellie Jayawardena (Grade 4), St. Bridget’s Convent


Boys play a lot of games,
And the games have
different names,
Boys are better than
They are together as brothers.
And some boys are good in studies,
But all of us are like

Shenal Fernando (10 years), St. Peter’s College, Colombo 4

My Seeya – A tribute

He was a person loved and admired by a lot of people and by all my family members. His untimely death was a very sad event for us all. His death anniversary was on April 4. His birthday is on June 10. His name and image is carved in my heart, never to be erased.

His valuable advice and gentle and lovable words I can never forget. He was such an energetic worker. He loved his work in office and was very kind and good to people. He had a lot of friends who loved him very much.

I am very lucky to be his first grandson. I will do my part to bring pride to his name. May his meritorious deeds shorten his journey through Sansara and attain the ‘Supreme bliss of Nibbana’. Seeya you will be secure in my heart forever.
“I love you very much.”

Dylan Thejan (11 years), Dehiwala

My favourite book

My favourite book is ‘Mister Meddle, you’re a nuisance’. The author of this book is Enid Blyton.
Mister Meddle is a person who is always willing to help out people and do good deeds, but he never quite gets it right and doesn’t wait to be asked for help.

I like this book because it’s so funny. Mister Meddle’s behaviour is funny and I like the way he finds his way out through the difficulties.This book has timeless tales filled with fun and laughter for young readers.

S. Krishnaruun (11 years), Horizon College Int., Malabe

My pet

My pet is a dog. He is a Great Dane and his name is Skip. He is five months but is very big in size. His birthday is on October 18.
He loves to eat dog biscuits and rice with carrots and beef. He plays with me and I love him a lot.

Devindree Peiris (Grade 3), Holy Family Convent,  Colombo 4


My name is Dewanmee Vihasna. I am seven years old. I have two sisters. My school is Musaeus College. My hair is black colour. I can play a melodica. My best friend is Manuki.

Dewanmee Vihasna (Class 2), Musaeus College

Video games

I love to play video games
With different acts and different names
It’s always exciting when I play
I feel I am part of the real play
And when I win I shout and say
I want to play it another day

Keon Baldsing (5 years), Lyceum Int. School

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Earth Watch Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:21:00 +0000 Pubudu

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The World Wide Web Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:12:35 +0000 Pubudu

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Bratislava Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:09:32 +0000 Pubudu

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Oh Mother Nature I salute thee Sat, 30 Jun 2012 09:56:48 +0000 Pubudu Oh! Mother Nature, I salute to thee!
For everything you gave me,
From the biggest mountain to the tiniest dew,
From the lush green trees to the oceans blue.

To the fiery red sun to the whitest snow,
The flowers in summer to the autumn glow.
But the cruel hands of man and his wicked ways,
Will slowly take thy beauty away.

Oh! Mother Nature, I weep for thee,
As your beauty suffers in our world today…
One day, as time will show,
As all that you gave us may fade away.

Gentle Mother, I bow to thee,
With a solemn promise I shall care for thee,
Let’s preserve and conserve the gifts of nature,
And leave it to the future lives to nurture.

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Earth Watch Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:52:43 +0000 Pubudu

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Fun Maths and Science Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:46:27 +0000 Pubudu

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Kid’s World Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:01:47 +0000 Pubudu My trip to Kataragama and Castlereigh

By Dayan Samarasinghe (Grade 5), S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia

I went to Kataragama on April 18, this year. I went with my parents and grandmother. On our way we saw the Kushtarajagala in Weligama and visited the Vishnu Dewalaya, Dondra head and the Dondra Lighthouse. Next we had lunch at Tangalle Rest House and proceeded to Kataragama. On our way we went to Tissamaharamaya. After resting at the hotel we went to Kiri Vehera and attended the Kataragama Maha Devala pooja. The next day we visited Sella Kataragama Ganadevi Kovil, Mahasena Temple and Lakshmi Devalaya. After lunch we went to Yala National Park. I saw a leopard, some elephants, a fox, deer, many birds, a crocodile and a Sambar deer.

The next day we went to Castlereigh. On our way we visited the Samanalawewa power house, reservoir and dam. We saw how the big turbines worked to generate electricity. We stayed at a beautiful bungalow in Castlereigh. The next day we visited Devon Falls, St. Claire’s Falls and Upper Kotmale Dam. I played monopoly with my family that evening.

The next day we visited Castlereigh dam and reservoir. After breakfast we left for Kandy. We worshipped the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy and returned back home. I am thankful to my father for taking us on this

educational and enjoyable trip.

My favourite doll

By Tiana Wijesuriya (Grade 3), Holy Family Convent, Colombo 4

My favourite doll is a lovely German doll. My grandmother bought her for me.
Her name is Frieda.

She has a green hat with a red bow on it. She has black shoes with red laces. She has a green backpack with a flower on it.
She is very beautiful. I love her very much.

Our new Primary Headmistress

By Dewshi Kulathunga (9 years), Musaeus College

Our new Primary Headmistress is Mrs. Sriyani Thennakoon. She is very nice and kind.
She encourages us in many ways.

Whenever she sees our articles and drawings in the paper, she gives her signed copy to us. So we are happy and encouraged more. I love my headmistress very much.

Barbie Dolls

By Noor Rahma Fazmin (Grade 4), Ilma Int. Girls’ School

Barbie dolls are very famous all over the world. She first appeared in 1959. Barbie dolls are pretty, slim dolls with long hair. There are
different sized Barbie dolls.

A Barbie kit comes with lots of fashionable clothes, slippers and other accessories like hair brushes and jewellery. She also has her own house, cars, swimming pools and friends too. Ken, Stacie, Skipper and Katie are some of her friends.
Barbie has her own cartoons, movies and storybooks. ‘Barbie in the Nutcracker’, ‘Barbie and the Diamond Castle’ and ‘Mariposha’ are some of the movies she appears in.

Pictures of Barbie dolls appear on pencils, school bags, pencil-cases, stickers, posters and stationery.
I too, love Barbie dolls. My wish is that Barbie dolls would be true.


By Harripriya Sivarathan (12 years), St. Bridget’s Convent

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My favourite city in Sri Lanka

By Yenuka Liyanage, (Grade 6), Royal College

My favourite city is Kandy. It is in the Central Province of
Sri Lanka. It is a beautiful city in the hills. Kandy is the second
largest city in Sri Lanka. It was the capital of
Sri Lanka in the ancient times.

Kandy is famous for the Dalada Maligawa and the Dalada Perahera.
The Bogambara Wewa is a landmark in Kandy.

It was built by an ancient king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1807. There are many more interesting places such as the Peradeniya Gardens, Udawatta Kele and big hotels. I like Kandy city very much.

My pet

By Lishandra Perera (9 years), Lodestar Int. School

My pet is a squirrel. Its name is Ting Ting. I got him when he was small. When I got him he was like a rat.
Ting Ting likes to eat mangoes. His tail is fluffy. His work is shouting. I love my pet.






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