My trip to Australia
During the last school vacation,
I went on a trip to Australia with my grandparents. It was a wonderful journey. We flew to Singapore and from there to Australia.
Australia is a beautiful, large country. There were many beautiful places to visit. We visited many beautiful places such as the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. We stayed in Sydney with our relations. We travelled to Queensland by a domestic flight and visited an island by cruise. We stayed there in a hotel for three nights.
We went to Canberra to see the Parliament and the War Memorial Museum. In Sydney, we also visited the Opera House. It was really nice. We also saw the Harbour Bridge from there. We enjoyed visiting friends and relations. We visited most of the large malls and we bought many things. We enjoyed tasty food and the delicious fruits.
It was a memorable tour.
Our School Walk
Our School Walk was held on January 28, 2017. We all were gathered at the Taj Samudra Hotel car park. Our headmaster gave the signal to begin the Walk. Not only children, many people walked such as old boys, teachers and parents. We walked a long way. While we were walking, we sang and we danced.
After the Walk we had a Fun Fair. There were many food stalls, games and rides. I went home at 11 p.m. I hope we will have another Walk next year.
Senuka Nagodavithana (Grade 6)
S. Thomas’ Preparatory School
Trip to Balapitiya
On one sunny day we went to Balapitiya.
We went in my dad’s new car on the highway. We had lunch at my aunt’s place. Next we went to the beach and then we swam. After that we came to my aunt’s place and had tea. Then we came home.
Ahmed Raashid (Grade 2)
My hobby is stamp collecting. It is a very useful and interesting hobby. My grandparents advised me to take up this hobby. I started collecting stamps at the age of eight and now I have a lot of stamps. I have no count of them.
They are of various countries and are of different colours, shapes and sizes. They carry pictures of famous people and leaders of different countries. There are pictures of different kinds of birds, animals, plants and flowers. Some tell us about famous events in other countries. They also tell us about important inventions.
I learn a lot about the world from these stamps. I have a stamp album for my stamps. I also collect first day covers. It is a very useful way of spending my leisure time. I am proud of my hobby.
Niroshan Paulraj (11 years)
JMC College Int., Colombo 9
Munidasa Kumaratunga was born on July 25, 1887. He was a writer, poet, journalist and grammarian. He wrote many Sinhala storybooks. ‘Heenseraya’, ‘Hathpana’, ‘Magul Kema’ and ‘Kiyawana Nuwana’ are some of them. These books are popular among children even today.
Munidasa Kumaratunga founded the ‘Hela Hawula’ movement to promote the correct usage of the Sinhala language. He wrote Sinhala grammar books and had a wide knowledge of other languages like Tamil, Pali, Sanskrit, Greek and Latin.
In his lifetime, he served as a school teacher, principal and school inspector. This eminent scholar passed away on March 2, 1944.
Thevindu Dhamsith (11 years)
Mahanama College, Colombo 3
Different people have different goals in their life. There are various professions like being an engineer, teacher, scientist, lecturer, doctor etc. But for achieving our aims, we have to work hard from the very start in a proper way. Without working sincerely, we can’t achieve our set targets in life. But for all these things, we have to know our strengths and weaknesses. The strength in a subject must be kept in mind when choosing the right path of success.
I have searched the plus and minus sides of my intelligence and know that I have a strong memory power. I also score well in Science subjects. Therefore I have decided to become a doctor. It is because I judged my strength and gave priority to my choice. As I am a boy this profession is quite suited to me. I usually read Science books and it is just like my dream to be a doctor.
The second reason is because one day when I was going to the market with my family, I saw a poor man begging for his son. I saw that his son was dying because of a disease. From that day I was determined to become a doctor to help the needy and poor people.
S. Abishek (Grade 5)
Cambridge Int. School, Colombo 15
Pollution is a prominent word these days. Pollution makes the vegetation ill. Pollution can happen in many ways, such as air pollution, water pollution and noise pollution. Pollution may directly or indirectly affect us. Water pollution means polluting water by dumping garbage, mixing toxic materials released by industries to rivers and even mixing oil to the sea water. These are the reasons which destroy marine life. The toxic materials which is mixed to the rivers and lakes will affect the life of animals and humans.
There is a thin layer named the ‘atmosphere’ which protects the earth from ultra-violet rays, meteors and heat radiation of the sun. Due to air pollution this layer is becoming thin and one fine day it will be destroyed.
Releasing carbon monoxide, harmful gases from vehicle engines, and factories are some reasons for air pollution. Noise pollution also has taken a prominent place. Tooting vehicle horns can be mentioned as an instance.
All the types of pollution together is known as environmental pollution. There are many effects of pollution, due to increasing of heat, global warmth goes up, ice bergs will melt and it will influence islands such as Maldives. The sea level goes up. Various kinds of diseases will spread and make people ill due to dumping of garbage. So it is our duty to prevent pollution.
Yasasvi Perera (Grade
Nakano College, Bandaragama
Computers blessed or cursed
Computers are very useful devices for everybody. We do a lot of our work with the use of computers. Some computers are wireless. They are called laptops. Sometimes computers give a lot of problems. Children and young adults may get addicted to computers. We do not do sufficient exercises because of computers. Computers do not help us to obtain the entire knowledge we need. We are discouraged to read books because of computers. We should always use computers meaningfully.
Methupama Wijerathne (Grade 5)
Holy Cross College, Gampaha
Rover my puppy
Rover my puppy
Likes to eat gummy
It fills up his tummy
And says it’s yummy.
The Winchester School
They struggle under the stifling weight
Of a billion hopes and dreams,
Living all their precious lives to satiate
Society’s absurd whims.
All that they expected to be
Is not what they want to be,
What life does the poor child lead
That has never climbed a tree?
I cannot find some childish spirit,
A beating heart beneath those layers
Of robotic submission to masters
Who see them only as professors, engineers.
So where have their childhoods gone?
Laughter in days, halcyon,
Did they never sing the songs
Of youth, feel nostalgic for days bygone?
Badi-ud-din Mahmud Girls’ College,
What are fire extinguishers?
A fire extinguisher is an active fire protection device used to extinguish or control small fires, often in emergency situations. It is not intended for use on an out-of-control fire, such as one which has reached the ceiling, endangers the user (i.e., no escape route, smoke, explosion hazard etc.), or otherwise requires the expertise of a fire department.
Typically, a fire extinguisher consists of a hand-held cylindrical pressure vessel containing an agent which can be discharged to extinguish a fire. Fire extinguishers manufactured with non-cylindrical pressure vessels also exist but are less common.
Fathima Musfirah (13 years)
Fathima B. Muslim M.V., Kandy
My school is Sujatha Vidyalaya. It is in Matara district, Southern Province. It’s big and very beautiful. There are Grades One to Thirteen classes in my school. There are around 5,000 students and 200 teachers in my school.
We have very comfortable classrooms, a big grassy playground, a perfect laboratory and a reading library.
School is our second home. In the school we get education and good habits. We have to wear school uniforms when we go to school.
Our principal is Mrs. Hemanthimala Wanigasinha. She is very good and kind. We have to be good students in the school. We have to respect teachers and the principal.
I love my school very much.
Januli Kulathunga (Grade 7)
Sujatha Vidyalaya, Matara
My new bed
My old bed broke. I went and told my mother. She said, “Don’t worry, it is a very old bed.” Then she told she will buy me one. We went to the shop to buy me a new bed. My father told, “This is a very comfortable one.” I said, “My old is better. Oh! Look a beautiful spaceship bed, it is cheap.” “Ok, We will buy you,” told mum and dad.
My new bed is very comfortable.
Vidyaloka Model School, Hingurakgoda
Baddaliyanage Don Joseph John alias Sunil Santha was born on 14th of April 1915 at Dehiyagatha, Jaela. His parents died whilst he was still a baby, so he was brought up by his grand mother and uncles. His youngest uncle Mr.M.J.Perera was a music lover. Sunil Santha learned to play the harmonium from him.
He came first in the island in the school leaving certificate examination and won the Weeraratne award. In 1933 he passed the Teachers Final Examination. As a teacher at Mt.Calvary School he exhibited his talent in drama, vocal, music, art and handwork.
From 1936 to 1939 his students won the competition at the Southern Schools Music Competition thrice and the challenge cup was given to the Calvary school. In 1938 he passed the Intermediate Gandarva Examination and also obtained a certificate in physical training and learned to play the piono accordion and the gitar. He learned Sinhala folk songs and Wannam from Urapola Banda Gurunnanse.
Before long ,however he gave up teaching to pursue a musical carrier ,and in 1939 left for India where he studied ndustani,Classical and Bengali Orchestral and Vocal music, first at ShantiNiketan. After spending one year he went to Batkhande Sangeeth Vidyapeeth. ,Allahabad. He became first in the first Division in instrumental(sitar)and first Division in vocal where he obtained Sangeeth Visarad Degree after four year course of study
In 1944 he returned to the Island as Sunil Santha. He met Mr. Kapukotuwa and as The Government had appointed a person for the post of music inspector he refused the music teachers appointment. He read the books by Munidasa Kumaratunga and Raphiel Thennakoon and realized the necessity of creating Sri Lankan music.
He wrote a letter titled Montessori Method of Music to the Silumina Newspaper and on shorter method to learning music to Prabodaya. He started a music class at Kanuwana, Jaela. In 1946 he stayed in the house of Suriyashankar Molligoda at Bambalapitiya and started his quest to find Sinhala Music. On the 2nd of March 1946 he sang songs at the Kumaratunga Commemoration ceremony, soon he became a superstar after he recorded Olu Pipila at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. That was the first song recorded in a record.
The people who saw him performing those days compared him to a Greek god. Another compared him to a handsome Indian prince with Aryan features. His skin was ivory in colour. He was five feet 11 inches tall.
In 1946 he published his first song book "Ridi Walawa". He created songs which he sang for various charity songs like Home for the Elders of Mallika in Colombo. He published many song books. They are Hela Ridi Walawa, Mihiriyawa Mal Mihira, Heli Mihira, Sunil Handa, Song Folio, Song of Lanka, Guvan Thotilla, Desheeya Sangeethaya, Sangeethaye Atthiwarama as Sunil was against Indian Ragadari music his enemies started a battle to expel him form the Radio Ceylon.
They damaged across his discs and some of the people who were with him at the beginning pirated his songs and published them to earn money. Sunil attacked these people in his song books. In 1951 Peramuna news paper did a survey and named Sunil Santha as the most popular singer of the year.
Meanwhile the enemies of Sunil Santha who favored Hindustani Music laid a trap on him. That was to get down Mr. Ratanjankar from India to audition the Sinhala artists. They mentioned that anybody who refused that audition would be expelled from the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. The Lankadeepa News paper published an editorial against the audition of Mr. Ratanjankar. They questioned about the special reason for bringing down Ratanjankar to audition the Sinhala artists. Would that be necessary for his pupils like Sunil Santha to face that audition? Is it necessary to audition artists at this time? Are they doing that for the progress of art? That news paper protested against the audition of Ratanjankar.
Sunil Santha boycotted the audition of Ratanjankar. He was expelled from the SLBC. In 1952 he married Bernadet Leelawathi Jayasekara. She was a trained teacher.
In 1953 Sunil started his classes in the Maradana Newton building. He promised to teach 10 pupils free of charge. At that time Mr. Albert Perera (W.D. Amaradeva) who played the violin for Sunil Santha’s songs was having financial difficulties. Sunil Santha helped him by allowing him to teach music in his Panadura music classes.
In 1955 the great journalist D.B.Dhanapala started a campaign and exposed the plight of Sunil Santha through the columns of Lankadeepa. The money collected by the paper was given to Sunil Santha.
In 1956 Doctor Lester James Pieris invited Sunil to make tunes for the songs of "Rekhawa" and "Sandeshaya". The songs were masterpieces and even now they are very popular.
Sunil tried various trades like selling clothes and doing photography. He became very close to poor people's hearts. Many parents sent their teenage sons to get advice from Sunil Santha.
In 1967 Director General Mr. Neville Jayaweera invited Sunil Santha to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and asked him to do programs in music. He created revolutionary music and created songs in one note and four notes and five notes. Mr. Jayaweera asked Sunil to audition the artist. Mr. H.W. Rupasinghe and W.D.Amaradeva assisted him.
In 1970 Sunil moved to his uncle’s house as the land lady wanted the house. Mrs. Agnes Perera the widow of his uncle was very kind to Sunil Santha’s family and asked them to live in a section of their house. His cousins cleaned the poultry shed. They used that as a study room for the family. Sunil and Leela had three sons and one daughter.
Sunil continued to repair radios and other electrical equipments. In 1977 Mr. H.M. Gunasekara who was the Director of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation produced a record named "Sunil Gee." There was a debate about whether there is a written music in the Sigiri songs. Some scholars opposed that idea. Sunil created Sigiri Gee and showed that there is a possibility of written music in Kurutu Gee as our ancestors were so intelligent in constructing such great buildings as Lovamahapaya and Sigiriya.
Twenty eighth of February of 1981 was the saddest day of Sunil Santha’s life. His third son Jagath was drowned in the Blue Oceanic Hotel Negombo. That death is still a mystery. Sunil suffered a heart attack and was admitted to the Colombo General Hospital. He died on the 11th April 1981.
His eyes were donated to two people.
On the 13th of April he was laid to rest in the Dehiyagatha cemetery.