My trip to Australia
During the last school vacation,
I went on a trip to Australia with my grandparents. It was a wonderful journey. We flew to Singapore and from there to Australia.
Australia is a beautiful, large country. There were many beautiful places to visit. We visited many beautiful places such as the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. We stayed in Sydney with our relations. We travelled to Queensland by a domestic flight and visited an island by cruise. We stayed there in a hotel for three nights.
We went to Canberra to see the Parliament and the War Memorial Museum. In Sydney, we also visited the Opera House. It was really nice. We also saw the Harbour Bridge from there. We enjoyed visiting friends and relations. We visited most of the large malls and we bought many things. We enjoyed tasty food and the delicious fruits.
It was a memorable tour.
Our School Walk
Our School Walk was held on January 28, 2017. We all were gathered at the Taj Samudra Hotel car park. Our headmaster gave the signal to begin the Walk. Not only children, many people walked such as old boys, teachers and parents. We walked a long way. While we were walking, we sang and we danced.
After the Walk we had a Fun Fair. There were many food stalls, games and rides. I went home at 11 p.m. I hope we will have another Walk next year.
Senuka Nagodavithana (Grade 6)
S. Thomas’ Preparatory School
Trip to Balapitiya
On one sunny day we went to Balapitiya.
We went in my dad’s new car on the highway. We had lunch at my aunt’s place. Next we went to the beach and then we swam. After that we came to my aunt’s place and had tea. Then we came home.
Ahmed Raashid (Grade 2)
My hobby is stamp collecting. It is a very useful and interesting hobby. My grandparents advised me to take up this hobby. I started collecting stamps at the age of eight and now I have a lot of stamps. I have no count of them.
They are of various countries and are of different colours, shapes and sizes. They carry pictures of famous people and leaders of different countries. There are pictures of different kinds of birds, animals, plants and flowers. Some tell us about famous events in other countries. They also tell us about important inventions.
I learn a lot about the world from these stamps. I have a stamp album for my stamps. I also collect first day covers. It is a very useful way of spending my leisure time. I am proud of my hobby.
Niroshan Paulraj (11 years)
JMC College Int., Colombo 9
Munidasa Kumaratunga was born on July 25, 1887. He was a writer, poet, journalist and grammarian. He wrote many Sinhala storybooks. ‘Heenseraya’, ‘Hathpana’, ‘Magul Kema’ and ‘Kiyawana Nuwana’ are some of them. These books are popular among children even today.
Munidasa Kumaratunga founded the ‘Hela Hawula’ movement to promote the correct usage of the Sinhala language. He wrote Sinhala grammar books and had a wide knowledge of other languages like Tamil, Pali, Sanskrit, Greek and Latin.
In his lifetime, he served as a school teacher, principal and school inspector. This eminent scholar passed away on March 2, 1944.
Thevindu Dhamsith (11 years)
Mahanama College, Colombo 3
Different people have different goals in their life. There are various professions like being an engineer, teacher, scientist, lecturer, doctor etc. But for achieving our aims, we have to work hard from the very start in a proper way. Without working sincerely, we can’t achieve our set targets in life. But for all these things, we have to know our strengths and weaknesses. The strength in a subject must be kept in mind when choosing the right path of success.
I have searched the plus and minus sides of my intelligence and know that I have a strong memory power. I also score well in Science subjects. Therefore I have decided to become a doctor. It is because I judged my strength and gave priority to my choice. As I am a boy this profession is quite suited to me. I usually read Science books and it is just like my dream to be a doctor.
The second reason is because one day when I was going to the market with my family, I saw a poor man begging for his son. I saw that his son was dying because of a disease. From that day I was determined to become a doctor to help the needy and poor people.
S. Abishek (Grade 5)
Cambridge Int. School, Colombo 15
Pollution is a prominent word these days. Pollution makes the vegetation ill. Pollution can happen in many ways, such as air pollution, water pollution and noise pollution. Pollution may directly or indirectly affect us. Water pollution means polluting water by dumping garbage, mixing toxic materials released by industries to rivers and even mixing oil to the sea water. These are the reasons which destroy marine life. The toxic materials which is mixed to the rivers and lakes will affect the life of animals and humans.
There is a thin layer named the ‘atmosphere’ which protects the earth from ultra-violet rays, meteors and heat radiation of the sun. Due to air pollution this layer is becoming thin and one fine day it will be destroyed.
Releasing carbon monoxide, harmful gases from vehicle engines, and factories are some reasons for air pollution. Noise pollution also has taken a prominent place. Tooting vehicle horns can be mentioned as an instance.
All the types of pollution together is known as environmental pollution. There are many effects of pollution, due to increasing of heat, global warmth goes up, ice bergs will melt and it will influence islands such as Maldives. The sea level goes up. Various kinds of diseases will spread and make people ill due to dumping of garbage. So it is our duty to prevent pollution.
Yasasvi Perera (Grade
Nakano College, Bandaragama
Computers blessed or cursed
Computers are very useful devices for everybody. We do a lot of our work with the use of computers. Some computers are wireless. They are called laptops. Sometimes computers give a lot of problems. Children and young adults may get addicted to computers. We do not do sufficient exercises because of computers. Computers do not help us to obtain the entire knowledge we need. We are discouraged to read books because of computers. We should always use computers meaningfully.
Methupama Wijerathne (Grade 5)
Holy Cross College, Gampaha
Rover my puppy
Rover my puppy
Likes to eat gummy
It fills up his tummy
And says it’s yummy.
The Winchester School
They struggle under the stifling weight
Of a billion hopes and dreams,
Living all their precious lives to satiate
Society’s absurd whims.
All that they expected to be
Is not what they want to be,
What life does the poor child lead
That has never climbed a tree?
I cannot find some childish spirit,
A beating heart beneath those layers
Of robotic submission to masters
Who see them only as professors, engineers.
So where have their childhoods gone?
Laughter in days, halcyon,
Did they never sing the songs
Of youth, feel nostalgic for days bygone?
Badi-ud-din Mahmud Girls’ College,
What are fire extinguishers?
A fire extinguisher is an active fire protection device used to extinguish or control small fires, often in emergency situations. It is not intended for use on an out-of-control fire, such as one which has reached the ceiling, endangers the user (i.e., no escape route, smoke, explosion hazard etc.), or otherwise requires the expertise of a fire department.
Typically, a fire extinguisher consists of a hand-held cylindrical pressure vessel containing an agent which can be discharged to extinguish a fire. Fire extinguishers manufactured with non-cylindrical pressure vessels also exist but are less common.
Fathima Musfirah (13 years)
Fathima B. Muslim M.V., Kandy
My school is Sujatha Vidyalaya. It is in Matara district, Southern Province. It’s big and very beautiful. There are Grades One to Thirteen classes in my school. There are around 5,000 students and 200 teachers in my school.
We have very comfortable classrooms, a big grassy playground, a perfect laboratory and a reading library.
School is our second home. In the school we get education and good habits. We have to wear school uniforms when we go to school.
Our principal is Mrs. Hemanthimala Wanigasinha. She is very good and kind. We have to be good students in the school. We have to respect teachers and the principal.
I love my school very much.
Januli Kulathunga (Grade 7)
Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara
My new bed
My old bed broke. I went and told my mother. She said, “Don’t worry, it is a very old bed.” Then she told she will buy me one. We went to the shop to buy me a new bed. My father told, “This is a very comfortable one.” I said, “My old is better. Oh! Look a beautiful spaceship bed, it is cheap.” “Ok, We will buy you,” told mum and dad.
My new bed is very comfortable.
Vidyaloka Model School, Hingurakgoda
Kumaratunga Munidasa was born on the 25th of July 1887 in Dickwella, Matara District, Sri Lanka. He was the son of Palavinnage Dona Gimara Muthukumarana (also known as Dona Baba Nona Muthukumarana) (mother) and Abious Kumaranatunga (father). He was born as the 12th son, in a family of13 children. Munidasa was a famous Sri Lankan poet, linguist, commentator, grammarian, journalist, and writer. He is considered as one of the most prominent Sri Lankan scholars the country has seen in several centuries.
At the beginning he entered the Buddhist School in Dikwalle. Later he attended the St. Thomas’ College in Matara. After that he entered the Dikwella Watarukanna Pirivena to learn Sanskrit and Pali in order to become a Buddhist monk. However, due to the dissatisfaction of his family, Kumaratunga Munidasa left Dikwella Watarukanna Pirivena and attended the Government Teachers’ College that was in Colombo in 1905. He graduated in 1907, after 2 years of training.
Kumaratunga Munidasa wrote “Nikaya Sangraha Vivaranaya”, his first book, while he was still is school. He wrote many books in many different languages such as Sinhala, English, Sanskrit, Pali, Tamil, Greek, Malayalam and Latin. Munidasa revived the “Lakminipahana”, one of the oldest Sinhala newspapers, from 1934 to 1936. He also started 2 magazines named Helio and Subasa (Good Language) in 1939, to promote and teach the correct way of using the Sinhala language.
In 1941 Kumaratunga Munidasa founded the “Hela Havula” (Pure Sinhala Fraternity), a Sinhala Literature Organization. The organization consisted of many people who shared Munidasa’s idioms. They frequently engaged in debates and centered about many aspects of literature. Hela Havula is considered as a starting point for many Sri Lankan artists and scholars. The organization is still active and helps many young artists to sharpen their literary skills.
Munidasa always used to point out Country, Language, and Nation as his Triple Gem, and also stressed the importance of Sinhala language, as the emblem of national identity of the Sinhalese People. He was awarded the “Viwarna Swakthi” name as an admiration to his excellent work on the history of Sinhala literature.
Munidasa Kumaratunga passed away on 2nd of March 1944 at the age of 56.
Famous quotes by Kumaratunga Munidasa
“If a certain language is underdeveloped the land in which that language operates is also underdeveloped”
“Dangerous are the times for Sri Lanka. If the importing of rice stops, we would have nothing to eat. If importing of materials stops from abroad, we would have nothing to wear. If it was not for the vehicles imported from other countries, we would have no means of travelling. In essence, without the accommodation from abroad, we will not be able to do anything”
Novels written by Munidasa Kumaratunga
- Kiyawana Nuwana
- Magul Keema
Poetry written by Munidasa Kumaratunga
- Kriya Wiwaranaya
- Kumara Gee
- Kumara Rodaya
- Piya Samara
- Virith Vekiya
- Vyakarana Vivaranaya