Winner: World Environment Day
World Environment Day falls on June 5 every year. This day was
declared by the United Nations to increase world awareness ond
environmental issues. This day was established in 1972 and the first
World Environmental Day was celebrated in 1973. It is a very important
day in the UN calendar and events are organised worldwide to celebrate
this day. Events such as street rallies, green concerts, essay and
poster competitions are organised by many groups. Apart from this,
campaigns are also organised to keep beaches and streets clean.
Environment day is hosted by a different country every year. This year
Environment Day will be hosted by Angola and the theme will be Illegal
trade in Wildlife. Our environment is threatened by both natural and man
made causes. Let us do whatever we can, even in a small way, to protect
Winner: Farming in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has been an agricultural country from ancient times. Sri
Lankan farmers grow paddy and other grains such as kurakkan, green gram
and corn. Paddy is the most commonly grown grain in our country. Rice is
our staple food. There were no machines or chemical fertilizers in the
past and farmers helped each other. This was called athtam or ‘giving a
hand’. The paddy field was ploughed with the help of buffaloes. Buffalo
driven ploughs are seen even today in rural areas.
Winner: My Country
Sri Lanka is a small, beautiful island in the Indian ocean.
Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burghers live here. There are many
beautiful places in Sri Lanka such as Sigiriya, Kandy, Anuradhapura,
Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee. There are also many waterfalls such as
Dunhida, Diyaluma and Laxapana. Mahaweli ganga is the longest river. The
President is Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister is Ranil
Wickremesinghe. The capital of Sri Lanka is Sri Jayawardenapura, Kotte.
The national flower is Nil Manel and the national tree is Na tree. Sri
Lanka exports tea, rubber, coconut and gems. The Independence day is on
4th of February. I love my country very much.
Winner: My best friend
My best friend is Sakheel. He is an Indian. He is eleven years old.
He lives in Singapore. I met him in school when I lived in Singapore. He
likes athletics and we took part in competitions together and won many
prizes. We also played for the soccer team in school. He had a good
sense of humour and made us laugh a lot. Even though he was an athlete
he was good in his studies. It has been a year since I came to Sri Lanka
from Singapore but I still remember the things we did together. One day
I hope to go to Singapore to see him again.
Winner: Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton was a great mathematician and scientist. He was one
of the most learned men and one of the greatest thinkers in the world.
One day when Sir Newton was sitting under an apple tree in the garden,
an apple fell on his head. He thought about why the apple fell down and
investigated it and discovered gravity. He is best known as the
discoverer of the Law of Gravitation. He died in 1727 at the age of 85.
A trip to Jaffna
I couldn't believe it when my father said that he was taking us on a
trip to Jaffna on the 30th of December 2010. I still remember waiting in
a well lit dusty street in Wellawatte for the Jaffna bus. The bus
arrived and we got into it quickly. The seats were large and
comfortable. They were in pairs. I sat next to my little brother and we
both stared at the hustle and bustle. At last the bus started and we
went through endless roads passing hundreds of buildings. Gradually
darkness surrounded us and I felt sleepy and closed my eyes.
When I woke up I saw the most beautiful sight in my life. The soft
orange light of the sun was falling on a lagoon that was stretching out
endlessly. There were soft ripples in the water and far away fishermen
were throwing their nets in the glistening water. As we moved along I
saw women in sarees and shalwars with their shawls swaying in the wind
riding on bicycles.
Once we settle down in our rooms the first place we decided to visit
was the city centre. It was noisy and dusty and the vendors showed off
their best marketing talents. We had a breakfast of dosa and vadai and
proceeded to travel to Nagadeepa which is a small island little away
from Jaffna. When we arrived at the jetty a few small boats packed with
tourists were ready to leave. Many people carrying all kinds of goods
were waiting for boats. At last we got one and I climbed into it with a
tinge of excitement. The island of Nagadeepa was a beautiful place with
a little temple in the centre. The smell of the sea and its salty spray
tickled my nose and the soft sand covered my feet. I wanted to fly like
a bird across the island and sail through the ocean like a fish. It was
Our next visit was to the Jaffna Public Library. There was a large
number of books and I wished I could read all of them. Then we went to
the less crowded places in Jaffna. The countryside was beautiful with
green paddy fields. In between there were scenes of destruction that
resulted from the terrible war. But development was going on, and as we
were returning tears filled my eyes when thinking about the sad lives of
the people who lived there during the war.
Importance of reading
Reading is important because it helps us gain knowledge and to learn
new languages. My favourite hobby is reading. I like to read novels,
short stories, newspapers and magazines. I have a small library at home.
Many people like to read because it gives them information about the
world and its environment.
Everyone likes to be happy and live a happy life. We can be happy by
being helpful, generous and kind. But some people think that only money
can make them happy and they do anything to earn money which is wrong.
Cultivating good habits brings happiness. Happiness is good for the