Winner: Reading for a better life
“Reading maketh a full man” said Sir Francis Bacon. Reading books
gives us knowledge. Reading develops our mind. When reading
concentration is very essential. You need a healthy mind for reading.
We can read not only books but also newspapers, magazines and
notices. We must select good books for reading. Then our future will be
fruitful. Like a swan that separates milk from water we shouild select
good books to read.
To improve the reading skills we must gradually increase our speed.
Speed readers can learn a lot within a short time.
Reading helps us to manage the time. Therefore, reading is very
essential for a fruitful life.
Winner: A trip to Kandy
My mother said that there was a special pooja on November 13, 2013
for my sister’s GCE O/L examination. The news made us very happy.
My sister and I were very anxious to attend the pooja in Kandy. We
decided to visit the Dalada Maligawa first and then to our home in Kandy.
As we took the Kaduwela-Kandy road, it took three hours to reach
Kandy. When we reached our home it was 11 a.m. We bought lunch and some
grocery items for our stay in Kandy.
We wore white clothes and went to worship the Dalada Maligawa in the
evening. Before entering the Maligawa we bought some flowers. We went to
the museum where the stuffed tusker Raja is kept. After that we went to
our Kandy house by car. The next day I visited uncle Jayantha’s house
who was our neighbour. Aunty Dilhani and Shalini were very happy to see
me. I played the piano and watched some DVDs.
They invited us to dinner and we played with Sama while our parents
were chatting with uncle Maya and aunty Theja.
The next day our gardener came to clean the lawn and trimmed the
trees. He worked the whole day.
My mother prepared a sumptuous lunch for us. On Sunday we came back
Winner: All about birds
Birds are flying creatures. They have wings and feathers which help
them to fly. Their wings are very strong. The feathers keep them warm.
There are birds that cannot fly. They have feathers but the wings are
For example, the penguin that lives in the northern region cannot
fly. Some birds are very beautiful.
There are small and big birds. The sparrow is a small bird. The
peacock is quite a big bird.
There are carnivorous birds. The owl and eagle are carnivorous. They
live in forests and sometimes they can be seen in gardens.
Almost all the people love birds. They are fascinating with beautiful
colours and feathers. They are a pleasant sight to see in the morning.
Some birds sing very sweetly. The songs please our ears. The pigeon is
the symbol of peace.
Winner: International Tree Planting Day
The International Tree Planting Day is on September 17 every year.
Trees are very important for our day-to-day life. Trees give us oxygen
and maintain a healthy atmosphere for all living beings. People use
trees for their daily needs. The day has been declared by the United
Nations to protect trees to save mankind and the animal world. Tree
planting and its after care are pleasant activities.
We can derive much pleasure in planting trees and taking care of
them. Students should plant trees wherever possible other than the
school compound, in the frontyard, backyard and the sideyard of the
school and in their own houses. They should explain to the neighbours
the benefit of trees and encourage them to protect trees. Protecting
trees means protecting ourselves.
Winner: Let us protect the environment
The environment is the world around us. It includes the land, air,
sea, plant and animal kingdom. Man and animals cannot live without trees
People cut trees every day on a large scale. It takes a few minutes
to cut a tree but it takes many years to grow a tree.
When we do not have trees the fertile top soil washes away and the
land become barren, causing severe droughts and floods.
Air, water, soil and sound get polluted by our activities. The air
can be polluted by industries and vehicles. Water is contaminated by
dumping rubbish and industrial toxic waste into waterways. Soil can be
polluted by using weedkillers, pesticide and even fertilisers. Man and
the environment are like the tree and its bark. One cannot live without
My home town
My home town is Panadura. It is a beautiful big town. It is situated
in the Kalutara district. Panadura is 35 km away from Colombo. You can
see the beach in the coastal line of Panadura. It has an attractive
Panadura is predominantly a Buddhist town. But you find people from
different religious faith. Panadura is also famous for the Panadura
My little doggy
Oh! little doggy,
You must be so hungry,
And that's why you are so angry,
Come and have this meat.
Oh! look, you fell into my basin,
It's full of water and soap,
Hey, don't pour them on me,
Come out little doggy.
I'll give you my towel,
And dry yourself up with it,
Wipe, wipe, wipe and
Now you are all dry.
Come now, eat it and,
Drink your milk, you'll get thirsty,
And I don't wan't you barking,
Till the night passes and day arrives.
The pitcher plant
The pitcher plant grows in shallow areas where the soil is poor in
nitrogen. The plant has large leaves which are twisted and form a pitch
shape vessel with a lid. It attracts insects with its pitcher shaped
leaves in which the rain water accumulates. Inside the walls of the
pitcher there are hairs which are turned downwards. When an insect goes
into the pitcher it gets trapped inside. Although it struggles to come
out, it has no escape.
The hairs keep it entangled and the insect dies exhausted. The insect
is digested and absorbed by the plant. This is how the plant catches
There are four members in my family. They are my father, mother,
younger brother and myself.
My father's name is Indika. He is an art teacher.
My mother is Imalka. She is an Assistant Librarian at the University
My younger brother's name is Navindu. He is six-years-old.
We live in Kaduwela. We like to go on trips and swim in the sea.
During the December vacation we visited our grandmother's home in Matara.
We went to the Polhena beach and swam and enjoyed ourselves.
Next April holidays we plan to visit the Sacred Tooth Relic at the
Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.
My country is Sri Lanka. It is situated in the Indian ocean. Sri
Lanka is called the 'Pearl of the Indian ocean'. We can see the sea
around Sri Lanka. India is our neighbouring country.
The President of my country is Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri
Jayewardenepura, Kotte is the capital of Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is about 2,500 square miles in extent. The population is
about 21 million. The Sinhalese are the majority population. Tamils,
Muslims and Burghers belong to the minority. Sri Lanka is known as one
of the most beautiful countries.
Tourists from all parts of the world visit Sri Lanka. Today Sri Lanka
is an Independent Republic.
I love my country very much.