Are zoos favourable for the animal kingdom? The zoo is a place where different kinds of animals are kept so that the public can come and see them. There are many varieties of animals that you can find in the zoo. One major advantage of the zoo is that if we want to see an [...]

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Kids Essays


Are zoos favourable for the animal kingdom?
The zoo is a place where different kinds of animals are kept so that the public can come and see them. There are many varieties of animals that you can find in the zoo. One major advantage of the zoo is that if we want to see an animal we don’t have to go to the jungle to see them. So the zoo can be considered as a very convenient way of observing the animals.

Though zoos make our lives easy, it makes the animals lives difficult due to many reasons. Some of them are; that the animals are separated from their families, taken away from their natural habitat, might not get sufficient food they want, and that they will have to change and adapt to new behavioural patterns.

The zoo also allocates only a certain amount of space for one animal and that space might not be enough for them. When animals are brought from the jungles and kept in the zoo that causes a major discomfort for them. Also animals might not be used to the noise and environment pollution in the urban areas.

I think it would be better if animals are allowed to roam around freely in their natural habitat than kept locked in a cage in the zoo.

Sanandhi Hikkaduwage (13 years)
Musaeus College

My favourite author
My favourite author is Roald Dahl. He was a British novelist, short story writer, screen writer, poet and a fighter pilot.
He was born on September 13, 1916 in Wales, to Norwegian parents. He served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Dahl rose to prominence in the 1940’s with works for children and adults. His work for children include ‘James and the Giant Peach’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’, ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’,

‘Danny the Champion of the World’, ‘Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator’, ‘Matilda’, ‘The BFG’, ‘The Witches’ and ‘The Twits’.
Roald Dahl died on November 23, 1990 at the age of 74. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. He has been referred to us as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century.

Vinuth Siriwardana (12 years)
Vidura College

Independence Day
Our Independence Day is celebrated on February 4. We got our independence in the year 1948. All our national heroes fought against our enemies such as the Portuguese, Dutch and the British who came to capture Sri Lanka and sacrificed all their lives for the sake of our country. Some such heroes who sacrificed their lives for our country are
D. S. Senanayake, Ramanathan Ponnambalam, C. W. W. Kannangara, S. Mahinda Himi, Weerapuran Appu and many more. As a result we got our independence.

Our National Flag also indicates the independence of our country with a lion that carries a sword bravely and attacks the enemy. The Portuguese, Dutch and British were some people who came to Sri Lanka and tried to capture our country and kept it under their rule. But the kings who were ruling at that time defeated them and chased them out. This year we are celebrating the 69th Anniversary of our Independence from British rule.

Kazee Haroon (10 years)
Readway Int. School

I am a boy. My name is Kemira Hettiarachchi. I am seven years old. I live in Kiribathgoda. I go to Ananda College. I am in Grade Three. My favourite subject is Environment Studies. I like to play tennis.

Kemira Hettiarachchi (Grade 3)
Ananda College

The world in a hundred years from now
A hundred years from now, our earth might become a barren wasteland. Technological advancement might be at its highest. Sometimes, man’s voyage into space may be extended to far away planets and stars. Transportation would be highly advanced. Most of the activities that require human labour would be carried out by artificial intelligence. Aliens from outer space might invade our planet and enslave us and our own robots may turn against us and take complete control over planet earth.

Industrialization will be at its peak. Many diseases would occur due to the smoke and chemicals produced by industries. Due to food wastage and water wastage, the human race may become extinct and if power wastage takes place, man would have to live like the people in the pre-historic era. Nations will be at war over mineral resources. This would lead to a crisis situation and destruction of life and property. The resources in this earth would be depleted. Plant and animal life will be destroyed. Acid rain will cause destruction of eco-systems.

With man’s voyage into space, we would be able to find new planets which can support life and supply the essential resources needed by man. We might even live on floating cities as mentioned in fictional stories. Establishing of colonies in other planets would be possible too. However the life expectancy of a human would be reduced to a shorter period.
Even though in another hundred years these changes might or might not happen,
let us strive to protect our heritage and
eco-systems so that in the future the destruction of earth could be minimized.

Asim Imthiyaz (Grade 10)
Hejaaz Int. School, Mt. Lavinia

My leisure time activity
My leisure time activity is playing the piano. I love to play the piano whenever I am free.
I learn music as a subject and I need to practice the different pieces.
When I hear the songs over the radio I like to try them on the piano. My teacher says that I have an ear for music. So I can play any tune once I hear it.
Music can give you a lot of pleasure. When I sit at the piano I forget all my problems. When I get stressed after doing my studies, I love to play a tune on the piano. Even at school I play in the band. It gives me a lot of pleasure.
When I return from school, I do my homework and then I don’t fail to sit at the piano. I use my piano very carefully. It is an expensive instrument. I listen to good music over the radio and watch great pianists playing on TV. People who love music have a good taste. They are also kind and full of creative ideas.

Sabrina Jifry (11 years)
Kalutara Muslim C. C.

My best friend

My best friend’s name is Milhan Ali.
He lives in Kattankudy. His age is thirteen.
His college is Al – Hira Maha Vidyalaya and he is clever. His grade is seven. His college principal is Ahamed. His father’s name is Ali and he is a teacher. His mother’s name is Majitha and she is a housewife. Milhan has one brother and no sisters. His brother’s name is Hemed.
His favourite colour is green. His favourite book is ‘Madol Doowa.’ His hobby is gardening. His drink is milk and his food is buns. His ambition is to be a doctor one day. His family is big. I love my best friend very much.

Nafly Anver (11 years)
Hiluriya Vidyalaya, Batticaloa

Health is wealth
Everybody likes to have a healthy, strong body. To keep your body healthy you need to have certain good health habits. The first and foremost is to have a healthy diet. The diet you take at every mealtime should be a balanced diet. Carbohydrates, protein, lipid, vitamins, fats and minerals are the basic nutrients that are necessary for the growth and the functioning of the body. Whatever food we take, it should be fresh and healthy. Too much fat and sugar can cause problems for your health. We must take care not to take excess food.

The personal hygiene is very important. We should have a bath everyday, as well as wear clean clothes. We should trim our nails. We should not ignore even the slightest of any ailment. If we feel any sickness it is a must to tell our parents about it so they can give a solution.

Doing regular exercises is the next important fact. Nowadays, both adults and students don’t have any proper time to do exercises. They are busy with a lot of work. But we should give at least about half an hour from our routine to do some exercises. Walking is a very good exercise.

If we follow all these good health habits we can cut short our expenses for medicine. So if we can arrange our lifestyle accordingly we can live a long and healthy life.

Rachel Peiris (13 years)
Ave Maria Convent, Negombo

My name is Hiranya. I am five years old. I live in Nainamadama. My best friend is Nethuli. I have a younger sister. I have an elder brother. I am a girl. My school is Holy Family Convent. I like to eat ice-cream. I like to drink fruit juice.

Hiranya Perera (Grade 1)
Holy Family Convent, Wennappuwa


Advantages and disadvantages of TV
Television is one of the wonderful inventions of the 20th century, developed by Logie Baird. Television has the power to educate and entertain. The news bulletins on television enable us to know the important happenings in the country and abroad, the systems of various diseases and the prophylaxis required and helps to promote national and emotional integration between the public and the government.

Television is a great boon to the students. Programmes on subjects like environmental pollution, archaeology, weather, computer technology etc., are very instructive. It is used to present to us celebrations related to Independence Day and important festivals and to see popular games of sports, through live telecasts and also entertains us by telecasting songs, dances and films.

Much criticism has been levelled against different channels for showing films that are vulgar and full of violence. Some programmes are not in consonance with the ethos and values of our society. Worst of all, material possessions on television commercials contribute to the false image of reality.
Therefore, we should discipline ourselves not to view television all the time, but to engage in acts of foresight and sagacity.

Kajaruban Thananjeyan (12 years)
St. John’s College,

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