World Water Day World Water Day is held on March 22. This event commemorates how we all can preserve water. World Water Day was declared in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly. The theme for the year 2015 is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. Why does water play an important role in our lives? Water [...]

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World Water Day

World Water Day is held on March 22. This event commemorates how we all can preserve water. World Water Day was declared in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly. The theme for the year 2015 is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’.
Why does water play an important role in our lives? Water is God’s gift. All animals, plants and living organisms need water to survive. We use water for many different aspects such as, for agricultural purposes and domestic purposes and even for our health. Water makes up 75% of our body.
Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface.

Only approximately 2.5% of the Earth’s water is fresh. How can we conserve water? By saving water from running taps, for example, while we are brushing our teeth etc. We can take short showers because baths take up a lot of water. There may be leaks in our homes that waste water so we must fix them.
Why should we save water? Water is precious. Only a tiny percentage of water is fresh and the rest is salty water which we cannot drink. As our population increases, people will be using water unlimitedly. Therefore we must use water sustainably.
So I hope that all my friends understand the need to save water!

Shannon Fernando (14 years)
Belvoir College Int.

My new class teacher
My new class teacher is Mrs. Visaka Madanayake. She teaches Grade 5 English Medium. She is very kind, innocent and intelligent. Her best friend is
Mrs. Hemamali who teaches in Sinhala Medium.
If we do a bad thing she will scold us. She comes to school early in the morning at 7 a.m. Every day she dresses in a beautiful cotton saree. She likes all the children at Musaeus College. She likes to read newspapers in the library.
We all like her very much.

Nevanmie Ranasinghe (9 years)
Musaeus College

My pet
My pet is a cat. His name is Kitty. He is three years old. My parents gifted him to me for my fourth birthday. He is furry and fluffy. He is black and white in colour. He chases mice at night. He likes to drink milk. He plays with me.
I like my pet very much.

Nabeeha Nawfer (7 years)
Ilma Int. Girls’ School

The butterfly

The butterfly is a very pretty, innocent insect.
Its food is only honey. I see a lot of butterflies in our garden. They are beautiful and really wonderful. They fly from flower to flower, drink nectar and live happily. They help us.
We know how a butterfly is born. First the female butterfly lays eggs on the leaf of a plant. After some weeks the eggs hatch and out comes a little worm with legs, called a caterpillar. They eat the leaves of plants. They live like this for a few weeks. Then each caterpillar makes a covering for itself called a cocoon. The caterpillar then goes to sleep in it. When the warm weather comes the caterpillar comes out of the cocoon as a beautiful butterfly.

Hasanga De Silva (Grade 8)
St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Milagiriya


Water is a basic need for all living organisms. Of the earth, 2/3 is filled with water but 97% of this is salt water (sea water), 2% is in glaciers. So we have only 1% of water to use.
There are three states of water. They are ice, water and water vapour. All the water contained on earth is known as the Hydrosphere. Some water resources are rivers, reservoirs, underground water etc. People in cities get water from taps. To purify water, chlorine is added. The main water resource is rain.

We need water for domestic use, factory usage, agriculture etc. Some people who don’t know the value of water, pollute it by sending factory waste into rivers, adding chemicals etc.
If we don’t have rain, there will be major droughts and farmers won’t be able to cultivate. Water is very precious. It is a gift given to us by nature. So let’s all get together and Conserve Water!

Colombo 6

The Sembuwatta Lake

The Sembuwatta Lake is situated in Elkaduwa, Matale. It is located 22km from Kandy city. It is an estate that has been changed into a natural relaxation place. The main attraction in that area is the Sembuwatta Lake. It is believed to be about 30 to 40 feet deep.
All four sides of the lake are surrounded by a tea plantation and it has a natural swimming pool too. The pool consists of natural spring water. The estate is famous for relaxing, walking and photography. We too went to the Sembuwatta Lake and enjoyed very much.

Saeedh Ayubkhan (11 years)
Zahira College

An unforgettable incident
When we were going down to Colombo in the A/C train, I was enjoying the scenery. Suddenly a ladybird landed on my lap. The ladybird was red and there were black dots too.
My mind flashed on to the Ladybird title books. I very often read these books and always loved the ladybird on the cover.
It just stayed near the closed window.
We allowed the ladybird to stay where it was, thinking that it will fly away and both of us fell asleep.
We got up from our nap, to find that it was still waiting near the window. Then both of us were very happy. I opened my bag and took out my toys to play. Suddenly the insect was missing. I was very sad. Then I found my friend on my lap. I was overjoyed and I was very careful to keep it on my palm.
We reached Colombo and went to our relation’s place. All along I took my friend. I showed it to all my cousins. They were surprised.
I very slowly took the ladybird and kept it on a tree in my relation’s garden. I am sure my friend will find a partner and in time there will be lots and lots of ladybirds in my cousin’s garden.

Dewmini Harasgama (10 years)
Hillwood College, Kandy

My naughty brother
My brother’s name is Krishen.
He is two years old. He is a very naughty boy. His
birthday is on July 4. He likes to eat yoghurt.
He likes to drink milk.
He likes to play. He is fair and his cheeks are pink. He scribbles on my book as well as pulling my books. But I never get angry.
I like to play hide and seek with him. I love him very much.

Sonali Sooriyar (9 years)

Coconut tree
The coconut tree is a most valuable tree. It grows well in the coastal parts of our country.
This tree belongs to the palm family.
Every part of this tree is useful.
It is used to shelter houses.
The inner parts of the coconut is used for cooking and extracting oil.
Coconut shells are used to make spoons and other souvenirs.
The coconut husk is used to get fiber to make brooms, doormats and mattresses. The nectar taken from the coconut flower is used to produce jaggery, treacle and vinegar. All these parts are used as firewood when they are dried. The coconut trunk is used to make rafters.
Thus we can say that the coconut tree is a great gift by nature.

Lochana Ganagoda (Grade 7)
Ananda Sastralaya, Matugama

My school
My school  is St. Anne’s College.
My school is in Kurunegala town. It is a boys’ school.
There are fifteen buildings in my school. It has classes from Grade
1 – 13. Our Principal is Rev. Bro.
A. E. Tarcisius. There are about 2300 students.
We have a big playground, swimming pool and kids play area. I love my school very much.

Shaahil Farrhan (Grade 2)
St. Anne’s College, Kurunegala

I am a pencil
Once I was born in a factory called Camlin. I was brought to a shop called Sarasavi Bookshop in Kandy with my friends.
One sunny day a boy came and bought me. He used me very
carefully not even letting me fall. He writes beautiful words and draws the best arts using me.
He doesn’t bite me at all. My master sharpens me every six months. He makes me happy and I will do my best to make him happy as well.

Ahaz Fernando (Grade 8)
St. Benedict’s College, Kandy

An educational trip
My educational trip started on February 20.
I woke up early and dressed in my school uniform. It was organized by my school.
We went to Kandy.
Our first stop was Vendol Industry. There
we saw how to make soaps and medical items.
We went to see Saradiel’s forest and the village. There we saw the ancient huts and mudliyars uniforms. For our lunch we went to the Peradeniya Botanical Garden. There we spent about one hour. At last we went to worship at the Dalada Maligawa.
It was about 12 noon. The parents were near our school to take their children. My father picked me up and I enjoyed very well on this trip.

Imansa Mahathanthila (Grade 7)
Kalutara B.N.S.

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