The plantain tree
The plantain tree is a very pretty tree. It grows to a height of
eight to ten feet. It has no branches. The trunk is straight, smooth and
tender. The plantain tree is like an open umbrella.
The bunch of fruits is at the top of the tree. Each tree bears a
bunch, containing between fifty to hundred plantains. The flower is at
the top of the bunch. When one or two plantains in the bunch turn
yellow, the bunch is cut off.
However, when the bunch of plantains is cut off, the tree usually
dies.Small shoots come out from the foot of the tree.
These shoots are taken out and planted in different places.There are
different kinds of plantains. Some are sour and some are sweet.
We eat the ripe plantains. Children are very fond of ripe plantains.
We cook and eat some green, unripe plantains (ash plantains). We cook
the plantain flowers too as a vegetable.
The plantain tree and its roots are good food for cattle. The
plantain tree grows well in all parts of Sri Lanka. The plantain tree is
a useful tree.
The value of 25 cents
One evening, on my way home after school, I met a beggar. So, I gave
him 25 cents. Thereafter I passed the beggar, I heard him muttering as
to what he can do with this 25 cents. I also reflected on what he said
and thought may be nothing much. However I kept walking and got into the
bus, to get back home.
But in the bus, I realised that I was short of 25 cents to pay my
fare. So, I was forced to get off the bus and walk home. The distance
was two bus halts.
Then half way through, suddenly it started to rain heavily. I got
drenched and as a result I developed a fever. I had to consult a doctor
and get medication. My parents had to spend about two thousand rupees
for the trishaw, doctor's fees and medicines.
All this happened because of that 25 cents. If I had that 25 cents, I
would have travelled home by bus, and got home before the rain. And
then, I would not have fallen ill and ended up spending so much
money.From that day I realised the value of this small 25 cents. Even
though it cannot do much on its own, with many more such coins, it could
do a lot.
School - our second
The school is very closely associated with our lives because it is
the second teacher we meet in life, after our parents. The school
assists us to build successful lives and also cultivate good habits.
We can add a lot of ethics to our lives from school. We learn to
follow rules and respect good qualities at school.
It is our responsibility to make the best use of school. From the
beginning to end we must learn to be disciplined. We must go to school
early in the morning, clean our classrooms and the yard around the
classrooms and behave well at class.Getting a good education is one of
the main objectives in life. Through education we not only enhance our
knowledge, but also build a good personality and become good people in
Teachers always assist us to achieve this. They like to spend their
valuable time to help us. So, we must know how to respect them for their
Within school or out of the school, we must always respect our school
because it provides us all that we need; education and grounding for the
present and the future. We must learn to live in peace and harmony at
school to make it a really beautiful place.Sometimes some students break
the school rules and regulations and the principal and teachers punish
them for it.
But they generally do not punish students out of any malice or a
personal grudge. They love the students and do so mostly for the good of
School life is basically a time full of happiness which we can enjoy
once in our whole lives. We must add good things to our lives as far as
possible during this period. We must also try to be good students and
accept the discipline at school. It is very useful for us.
If we can be disciplined people we can lead happy, successful lives
have in common
Animals are not objects, they are living creatures. There are various
kinds of animals, but they are all alike in many ways. How are these
animals alike? All animals have a body covering. They all need food and
water. They all breathe.
Animals can move from place to place. They do so in order to find
food mostly. They also move to get away from danger.Animals too need
homes. They need homes for shelter and for safety. All the species of
animals produce young.
is one of the most interesting hobbies. We should start reading from an
Parents and teachers encourage us to read. Our parents buy us
newspapers and story books to read. There are many children's magazines
and newspapers such as the Junior Observer and Funday Times to read,
apart from books.
We can improve our vocabulary and our writing skills by reading. We
could use these new words we learn by reading, to converse.
We can also learn many interesting facts about other countries,
people and cultures through books even if we cannot travel to these
There are many differences in other countries compared to ours. Their
languages, customs, traditions, political background, climate etc are
all different to ours. We can also get to know about various important
and famous places around the world by reading. There is a famous saying
"Reading maketh a full man", which shows the importance of reading.
A rainy day!
Sky is dark with black clouds
Birds are shouting and flying away
Lightning is flashing in the sky
Loud noises are heard everywhere
The sun light has disappeared
Rain water falls to the earth
It's a rainy day!
Dust is gone, smoke is gone
Because its raining everywhere
Mountains are covered with mist
And plants get a new life
With the rain, cold winds spread
The flowers are full of dew
It's a rainy day!
Transportation is a basic need of the people. In the past, people did
not have to travel a lot because they were self-sufficient. But, with
the invention of the wheel people's needs too increased day by day.
So, they started to use transportation to get from one place to
another. There are different modes of transportation. They are land,
water and air transportation.
What is land transportation? Land transportation is very common and a
popular mode of travel. There are cars, vans, buses, trains, bicycles
etc.The land transportation is an easy mode of transport. However I
don't travel by bus generally. I like to travel by train. Cars, vans,
lorries, bicycles, etc. are personal transportation. Buses and trains
are public modes of transportation. Land transportation is a good mode
of transportation.Transportation by water is also popular. There are
boats, ships, submarines, yachts, etc. Ships are very good means of
transportation. Many goods are transported by sea in cargo ships. This
mode of transportation is very dangerous, but enjoyable too. People
travel by ship too in passenger liners.
Air transportation is a very popular way of travel today. It is fast
too. Even though it is dangerous, many travel by air the way we travel
by bus or train, in other countries.
Our school prize-giving was held on October 19, on a grand scale and
it was a great day for all of us. At the main gate, the smart school
band was waiting to warmly welcome the chief guest. The path leading to
the main school hall was decorated with coloured balloons and flowers,
making the "Rhewatha Main Hall" look grand.
We students had to take our seats long before the inaugural time and
it was a long wait for all of us. The prefects had some trouble in
keeping us quiet. The principal, Mrs. M.D.L. Adhikaram and some teachers
were at the entrance to receive the chief guest Prof. Mrs. Kusuma
Karunaratne who had been invited to give away the prizes. When we heard
the sound of our school band, we knew the chief guest had come. Then
soon after, the principal and teachers walked up to the stage with the
chief guest. We all got up and cheered.
First our principal gave a long speech about the history and the
advancement of our school. Then the chief guest delivered another
valuable speech, not only appreciating what our principal said, but also
emphasising how we as girls should behave in society. She also advised
us to learn well. After her speech, she was invited to give away the
prizes. One of our school masters called out the names of students who
had won prizes and the prize winners marched up to the stage and
collected their prizes with a bow. We cheered everyone.
I too had to march up to the stage to collect my prize. I received a
certificate and a lovely medal for my best performance in gymnastics. I
had great joy at being given this golden opportunity. It is something I
have never experienced in my school career. I went back to my seat
embracing the noble prize with pride. At the end, when the chief guest
left the place, we all stood up and cheered. I wish that my school could
achieve the best in all aspects in the future.