Winner: Sinhala and Tamil New Year
The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is a very important festival. It is a
cultural festival celebrated by Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus,
being the only occasion where the two communities celebrate the
The houses are cleaned before the dawn of the New Year. At the
auspicious time, people wear new clothes and light the hearth and
partake in the first meal with family members.
The milk rice and other sweetmeats are then shared with neighbours, a
good opportunity to forgive and forget ill-feelings with others.
Winner: History of English
The history of the English language began with the arrival of three
teutonic tribes who invaded Britain during the 5th Century AD. These
tribes are the Angles, the Sazons and the Jutes who crossed the North
Sea from what today is Denmark and Northern Germany.
Old English is an early form of English language that was spoken and
written by the Anglo-Saxons and their descendants living in parts of
what are now England and Scotland, between the mid 5th and the 12th
century.The major use of English language is as a commercial language.
There are many advantages such as making international trade easier and
The number of words in the English language is 1251098. This was
estimated by the Global Language Monitor on January 1, 2014. The English
language passed the million word threshold on June 10, 2009.
There are about 200 countries and out of them only a few countries
use English as their first language such as USA, UK and a part of
Canada. There are countries which use English as the second language.
They are South Asia, Singapore and Bangkok.
Honesty is the best policy. We all should be honest to everyone. If
someone is dishonest we should teach him what is good and bad.
When Mohandas Karamachand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) was studying at
high school, Giles, a school inspector visited the school. During his
inspection tour, Gandhi’s class was given a spelling test. Giles asked
the students to write down five words. One of the words was ‘kettle.’
Gandhi spelt it incorrectly. The teacher noticing the mistake wanted to
help him, signalling to him to copy the word from his classmate’s slate,
but Gandhi didn’t copy the word. He was the only boy who could not spell
the word ‘kettle’ correctly.
Winner: The best helpers
The best helpers are my family members. My parents brought me up with
the help of my relations such as my grandparents, uncles and aunties.
They laid the foundation for my future by admitting me to a good
school to receive a good education. So, it is my duty to study well. I
am now 14 years.
My principal and teachers help me in my studies and show me how to
behave and get along in society.
As children, we live and grow under our parents’ care, or sometimes
under those who take the place of our parents. They treat us like the
greatest treasure they have.
We can certainly grow up to be good citizens. We must remember that
we have a lot of responsibilities to our loved ones and society in
Winner: Trees help us
There are very important resources for man and animal since ancient
times. Trees provide timber to make furniture and construct buildings.
Birds and animals find homes in trees. In ancient times people made
full use of firewood and used it for medicinal purposes.
Flowers give fragrance and add beauty to nature. Trees give shade,
reduce the heat and keep the environment cool.
We all should conserve this valuable gift of nature.
My pet is a dog, Jaky. It sleeps and plays with me. It likes to eat
bones and rice, and barks at me always. I like to play with my lazy dog.
The Dark Years of Mandela
Nelson Mandela is recognised and respected as a great national leader
in South Africa who fought against Apartheid. As a result of these
struggles he was imprisoned for 30 years. During this period Mandela
wrote his autobiography 'Long Walk to Freedom' and the 'Dark Years' is a
short story from it.
The short story is named the 'Dark Years' because of the bad
experiences he underwent during these years with regard to his family.
First it was his mother's death and then it was the arrest of his wife
Winnie Mandela, and then the accidental death of his son Thembi. Mandela
was not permitted to attend their funerals as he had to suffer in
prison. Later he became the President of South Africa and it is clear
that he may have followed Mahatma Gandhi who was a non-violent leader.
School Sports meet
Last Friday, we had our school sports meet. It was an enjoyable day
where my friends and I displayed our talents in sports.
There are three Houses in our school, Ares, Hermes and Zeus. I am in
Ares which is the best House in our school. The sportsmeet started at
2.00 p.m. The Western band and Eastern band of our school welcomed the
Chief Guest. The children took the oath and then the sportsmeet began.
Many children took part in athletics and some won and others lost. The
march past was the last event. I participated in the march past as one
of the team members of Ares House. We won the march past and were also
the winners of the sports meet.
It was a day of fun and joy. I was overjoyed when we won the sports
meet. I am looking forward to the next sports meet to display my talents
further in sports.
The importance of water
Water is essential for the survival and existence of all living
organisms, including humans. It is a basic need of all living things.
About 70 percent of the human body consists of water. Water is used for
bathing, cooking, washing, drinking and cleaning. There are many sources
of water such as rivers, lakes, ponds, tube wells, wells and rain. Water
helps to maintain a consistent body temperature and absorb nutrients
from food. Water enables substances to move within the body.
Water is a natural resource and a large amount of water is used in
agriculture. A large amount of water is also needed for many industries
such as chemical industries, papermills, steel mills, petroleum refiners
and fertiliser. Water is used to extinguish fires, clean streets and for
sanitation. Water is very important because we cannot live without