Winner: An autobiography of a car
I was a beautiful car, but now I have a broken windscreen and damaged
headlights. My owner Peter has put me in a garage. Some people stole my
engine, the battery and several parts.
In good times, I took my master Peter to work and back.
I also took his family to the playground, to school and shopping. One
day my owner sold me to a rich man called Henry. He presented me to his
son as a gift. When he saw me, he said, “Oh! This car is splendid.”
One day when Henry was driving me, we met with an accident. My
headlights and the windscreen were damaged in the accident. Thereafter
an ambulance took Peter to hospital and I was taken to a garage. I was
After a few weeks, I saw Henry and his son driving a new car.
Winner: Importance of education
Man differs from animals because he has the power to think. Moreover,
he has the ability to increase his power of thinking through education.
In other words education is considered as one of the needs of man.
As much as we need food for our body, we also need education for
life. It moulds a person for the right path. Education teaches a person
on how to associate with others. In brief, education brightens one’s
life. Thus an educated person can be called a civilised man.
Winner: The value of books
Books have been the most popular medium of information for more than
a century. Despite the development of radio, television and the cinema,
the power of books has not diminished. There are a variety of books. It
is useful to gain reading practice and language pronunciation, to
progress in the language. Hence books will continue to be the popular
means to get information. We can use books for over a hundred years.
Some make reading a hobby.
Books are useful to us in various ways. It helps us to spend our
leisure usefully. They have many types of stories and also create an
interest in national and international affairs. Reading makes a perfect
Although Sri Lanka is only a dot on the world map, mother nature has
blessed it with numerous gifts. Water is one of the main requirements of
man. It is essential for the survival of man and animals.
Sri Lanka is lucky that she does not have to share water with any
other country. Hence she can manage her water resources and minimize
If we are to preserve the natural beauty of Sri Lanka we have to
manage our water resources well. Sri Lanka is called the Pearl of the
Indian Ocean because of her shape and natural beauty.
Being an agricultural country, we had a fine system of water
management. King Parakramabahu the Great said, “Not a single drop of
rain should reach the sea without man making use of it.”
The flow of water keeps the ecosystem healthy and productive. But it
is sad that people have not realised the value of this natural resource.
Let us give this some thought and save water for the survival of man and
Winner: Rocky treasures
Gemmology is the science of precious rocks. The intense heat and
pressure deep, under the surface of the earth can transform the most
ordinary minerals into extraordinary, beautiful and rare gemstones.
Sri Lanka has about 120 varieties of different gemstones. The most
famous is the blue sapphire.
Gemmologists have a scientific approach to gems. They identify
gemstones by testing the hardness, lustre and the chemical composition
They use instruments such as microscopes and refractometers to
examine the colour and clarity of a gemstone. Professionals such as
lapidarists and appraisers will help see the gemstone on its way to a
jewellery store where a gem can end up on a ring or as a part of a
Health is wealth
It is important to consume nutritious food to lead a healthy life.
Nutrients are important for growth, repair of tissues, protection from
illnesses and to provide energy. Reduced energy, mental fitness, poor
immunity, long term illness and poor health are some symptoms of a
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), good health is not
only being free from diseases but also to have physical, mental, social
and spiritual well-being. Our behaviour and lifestyle has a great
influence on our health. Good eating habits, exercise, appropriate BMI,
adequate sleep, stress management and a simple lifestyle are some
examples that will help to achieve perfect health.
My name is Fathima Zamla. I am 13 years old. I study at Meelad Muslim
Vidyalaya in Colombo. I am in Grade eight. My father’s name is Saleem
and my mother’s name is Jansi. I have two brothers and one sister. My
favourite food is noodles. I like the colour pink. My favourite animal
is the zebra. I like to play badminton and my hobby is drawing.
All living beings need water. We can live for a few days without food
but we cannot live without water. Water is found in rivers, lakes,
ponds, streams and seas. It is found as solid in ice form and as gas in
vapour and clouds.
We need water for our daily chores such as cooking, bathing and
washing. Water is necessary for agricultural purposes. Water is also
necessary to grow plants and for running power plants. It is essential
to conserve this precious life-giving liquid.
My best friend
My best friend is Senuja is nine-years-old. He lives in Himbutana and
studies at Mahanama College. He relishes bananas. Senuja's favourite
colour is red and his favourite sport is rugby. He likes to play
badminton. His hobby is gardening. We go to the park every Sunday.
Senuja is very clever and helps me in my studies. He has a pet dog.
Senuja is tall and smart. He is good in his English. He hopes to be a
doctor one day.