My trip to Ella I went to Ella on December 24, 2016. I went with my mother, father, brother and my friend’s family. We left home at 1.30 in the afternoon. When we were driving up the mountain, we went through a thick mist where we couldn’t see the road ahead of us. My father [...]

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Kids Essays


My trip to Ella
I went to Ella on December 24, 2016. I went with my mother, father, brother and my friend’s family. We left home at 1.30 in the afternoon. When we were driving up the mountain, we went through a thick mist where we couldn’t see the road ahead of us. My father drove the jeep very slowly. We finally reached our destination at 8.30 p.m., in the night. Our destination was Misty Hills Resort Ella.

The following day we went to Ravana Waterfall. Then we went to Ravana Caves. To go to the caves it
took us 600 steps to climb.

Then we went to a bridge in Ella called the Nine Arch Bridge. There was a place to see the bridge. Then I heard a horn and it was the train. It was beautiful when the train went over the bridge.

On December 26, at 9 a.m., we left the resort. At 12 in the afternoon we came to Buduruwagala Buddha Statue in Wellawaya. At 7 in the night we came home. I never had a more glorious trip ever.

Dineth Gunawardana (Grade 5)
S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia

Missing Daddy
Father, Mother and I,
We used to live in Dubai,
Life there for seven years went quite well
We had a little cosy flat to dwell.
Work came first; school was the same,
But after that, fun filled the day,
Earned valued money, got good grades,
We went to restaurants, malls and arcades.
Though being ill most of the time,
My desert-like life was more than fine
With friends and memories of different sorts,
Life there was just too short.

We came to Sri Lanka after my father fell ill,
He fought it long and hard until
He left this world, with his work done,
Lonely and fatherless had I become…

Yet now he has a new job to do,
He makes all my deepest wishes
start to come true,
Though i might not meet my father yet,
I will soon, you can bet,
When I give my last, short breath,
I’ll meet him joyfully, after death.
(Dedicated to my father on his birthday January 31).

Misha Miskin (Year 7)
Horizon College Int., Malabe

My favourite writer
My favourite writer is Martin Wickramasinghe. He was a great writer in Sri Lanka. He wrote many books for children and adults. Some of his books are ‘Madol Duwa’, ‘Gamperaliya’, ‘Yuganthaya’, ‘Viragaya’, ‘Kaliyugaya’, ‘Ape Gama’ etc.
He was a very bright student. He read a lot and mostly learnt by himself. His books are loved by all. We Sri Lankans will never ever forget him.

Dulein Sirithunga (Grade 8)
President’s College, Homagama

My mother
My mother’s name is
S. M. Nadeeka. She is very pretty. She is fair and has curly hair. She makes tasty meals. My mother’s favourite colour is pink. My mother is an accountant. She helps me in all my work.
She looks after me when I am sick. I love my mother very much.

Menudi Attale (6 years)
Sujatha Vidyalaya, Nugegoda


About my tree
My dad bought me a pomegranate tree. I am looking after my tree very carefully. Pomegranate is my favourite fruit. I planted my tree in the front yard and I had to cut the grass before I put it. I put water every evening until it is grown.

Ahmad Amaan (Grade 3)
Zahira College, Colombo

My ambition
All the children have an ambitions. The wise try to achieve them. An ambition makes man live with hope and allays their laziness. You must try to achieve it rather than leaving it to fate or to god.

My ambition is rather different from others. I want to become a lecturer of a university. It is a very noble profession in the world. If I study very well then I can achieve my hopes. A lecturer does a great service to the society. I serve my country best as a student. I will try to pass the Ordinary Level, Advanced Level and enter into a university. I will need a
good degree in the subject I want to teach; I like to teach Science. I would like to conduct lectures.
A lecturer is respected by everyone.

A country needs not only the service of the government for its improvement but also an active participation.
Those who chose to be lecturers as a profession are fortunate because they can serve their country. A lecturer leads an exemplary life. Because of these reasons I like to be a lecturer. To become a successful man, one should have a certain aim in life.

Hasanga De Silva (14 years)
St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Milagiriya

Books are our friends
Books are very close to us. We treat them as our close friends. Each of us loves books of all sorts. It might be a storybook, novel or a diary. We love to read it, we keep it carefully.
But nowadays some of us don’t read books. We hate reading. We are always on the Internet, You tube, Twitter, mobile phones, chatting and playing games. We don’t touch a book and because of this we get diseases such as eye pain, mental stress and also using such websites and playing games is a main reason for obesity.
We should not do this. We should read books. They are like our best friends. When we are feeling sad we can take an enjoyable story book and read it. So let’s avoid using more Internet and playing games, and read books and make ourselves a well-learned citizen in the society.

Ramanthan Praveen (Grade 8)
Republican Int. School, Nuwara Eliya

Thathaseeya and Me

He was my favourite one
He was a vegetarian one
Just like me, me, me……
Even though he was
92 years old
He seems to be 20 years old
But stronger than
me, me, me…
He chatted and chatted with me
He laughed and laughed with me
Like a friend for me, me, me…
He bought sweets with me
He ate sweets with me
Like a child like me, me, me…
He jumped and ran
Faster than a van
Better than me, me, me…
But he went long ago
And I waited and waited
Until he came, it was me, me, me…
But even though he did
Many things like me
He went a long time ago
Leaving me alone, me, me me…

Narmada Bharathi (10 years)
Swarnamali Girls’ College, Kandy

Importance of sports Sports play an important role
in the development of human personality. They are no less important than food, air and fresh water. The developed countries have made sports an essential part of education at school and college levels. There are many training centres in developed countries like England, Germany, France and the U.S.A for sports.

They admit boys and girls for the necessary training to become future athletes, gymnastics and sportsmen.
No doubt sports are becoming popular in all other countries and in their educational institutions also. The facilities of course are not adequate at present but gradually the situation improves. The girls and boys of schools and colleges know fully well that their growing bodies need regular physical exercise to keep themselves healthy and fit.

General sports include hunting, fishing, riding, cycling, mountain climbing, skating and rowing. These too are becoming favourite sports in schools and colleges in the summer season. A number of school clubs and societies hold athletic competitions. Some of them include walking, swimming, rowing, wrestling, boxing, disc throwing, light weight-lifting and gymnastics.

An athlete is trained to be perfectly fit to engage in such contests or competitions. Football, hockey, cricket, tennis, badminton and table-tennis are among the favourite organized games in the institutions. All such sports certainly benefit the mind and body together. They create cheerfulness, discipline, fellowship, confidence and physical fitness.

Shanali Kulasekara (Grade 11)
Christ Church College, Matale


My third term test

My third term test was in November. The third term exam was the last exam in 2016. That exam was very special for me because I had to show my talents and my colours.
There were six subjects. I had hundred marks for Maths. I had hundred marks for Buddhism.

I had hundred marks for English. I had ninety-nine for Environmental Studies. I had ninety-six for Tamil.
I had ninety-eight for Sinhala.
I’m the Class first and Grade first.

Udara Weerasekara (Grade 3)
Vidyaloka Model School,


If I could choose the perfect job
I want to choose a perfect job because I want to do a great service for my country. I want to be a doctor.
Everyone needs a job to improve their lives and be happy. I would like to be a doctor when I grow up.
A doctor does a great service for the people in the whole world. It is a service rather than just a job and a doctor is respected by all. He/she gives valuable advice and suitable medicines when someone is ill.

A doctor has to be responsible for his/her patients and the ward he/she is in charge of. A doctor also needs to have a good education, strength, courage, kindness, patience and good manners.

Doctors are mainly responsible for treating and healing of patients, but in order to do so, they have to first undergo a training at the Medical Faculty for about five or six years before practicing in a hospital. Many difficult operations are performed by some of them who become surgeons. Doctors face lots of difficulties when treating incurable diseases and handling patients.
No matter how hard it is I am going to try my best to become a doctor in the future. It is the biggest dream in my life. If I study hard I can become a marvellous doctor.

Fathima Zaheera (15 years)
Newstead Girls’ College, Negombo

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