Living a healthy
As children we must maintain good health to lead a rich life. I think
good health is important to have a happy and successful future. In order
to achieve this we must have a balanced diet for breakfast, lunch and
dinner. We must also be concerned about our personal hygiene and
cleanliness. We must brush our teeth in the morning and night, everyday,
keep our bodies clean by having regular baths, comb our hair and wear
clean clothes. But physical cleanliness is not enough. We must also have
good ideas, wholesome and kind thoughts,an emotional balance and lots of
It is also important to make maximum use of our time. Do not waste
precious time engaging in idle gossip or watching too much of TV
programmes, especially those not suitable for children.
We have to spend our leisure time in a useful way. We can read books
which are educational or enlighten us about the good deeds of others,
engage in gardening which is also a good exercise, write poems, read
newspapers, engage in art and so on. Many of these activities help us to
relax our minds.
Another ideal way to develop a healthy mind is to practise our
religion and participate in religious activities. Buddhist children can
go to the temple and listen to dhammadesanas , participate in Bodhi
pujas and other activities organised by the temple. Those observing
other religions too could get involved in various religious activities.
These basic activities will have a great influence in improving our
lives. A healthy, wealthy life is most important to have a happy
Ishenka Udeshine Fernando,
Grade 8 (E),Sujatha
Our tree friends
There is a very old relationship between man and trees. We cannot
live without them because trees fulfil most of our needs. They give us
pure air to breathe, timber to make shelter and medicine to cure
In the past, our forefathers knew how to protect trees. They always
cared for their environment. They took what they needed from the trees
and protected them to show gratitude. But, today, due to the fast
development of the world, everything has changed. It has affected the
close relationship between mankind and green life on the planet. Some
people cut down trees and clear up forests. They try to make money by
harming the environment. Their careless behaviour has already affected
life on this planet. Today greenlands are becoming deserts,springs are
drying up and many people and animals are suffering from a scarcity of
water and food. If we do not stop destroying trees, the whole world will
be destroyed very soon.
So, we should take immediate action to stop this destruction. How can
we do it? We should replant the lands that have already been destroyed
and stop cutting down trees as much as possible. The Government should
take legal action against those who do so. People should be more aware
of their environment and take care of it. If we start right now, we will
be able to protect ourselves by protecting our "tree friends"
Janani Kavisha Jayaweera,
Grade 7,Yasodara Balika Vidyalaya,
What is a
A touch of beauty
Warmth of sunshine
Fragrance of a flower
A comfort in trouble
A light in the dark
A star in the sky
A diamond among gems
A fountain of kindness
A guide to the right path
Never far when needed
How can I ever repay
How can I thank you
For all you've done
All I can say is
Mother I love you the most
Ilma International Girls' School.
What a beautiful heaven
All the trees are full of apples
Mountains are cakes
Stones are chocolates
All the sand is sugar
Rivers are full of milk
The world is full of music
And the angels are dancing
Lions and leopards are tame
And we live together forever.
U. L. Hiruni Rashmisara,
Grade 8C,Ch/Ananda National
The beauty of sunset
The most beautiful times of the day, I think, are the beginning and
the end; sunrise and sunset. In the middle of the day, in the bright
sunshine, things look common and ordinary; but in the dim light of dawn,
and in the fading light of the evening, even ugly things could look nice
and the beautiful things appear lovelier.
A few evenings ago I watched the sun setting behind the mountains. As
it sank lower in the western sky, its long rays lit up the green fields
and all the trees and bushes with a golden glow, making everything very
clear and distinct.
The clouds above the sky began to glow with a golden light, and the
mountains were of a lovely purple colour. The white dome and minarets of
a mosque a little distance away looked as though they were made of
The great fiery ball began to sink slowly behind the mountain until
it disappeared completely. But its light still filled the sky and lit up
the overhanging clouds.
The clouds changed from gold to red, and glowed like red fire.The
gold slowly changed into a beautiful pale colour and a faint point of
silver light appeared unveiling the evening star. And in the still air a
musical voice began to sing it was the Muezzin crying the Azan, calling
the faithful to prayer from the distant mosque.Then the glowing red of
the clouds faded away to a grey and the mountains became a deep black,
clearly visible against the pale sky.
The evening star was shining even more brightly. On the plains, the
light gradually became dimmer and in the twilight, the fields were now
dark, and the trees and bushes stood out in black.
Gradually it became darker and nothing could be seen except the dark
hills against the sky. One by one, the stars came out, as the night came
on.All was very still and nothing was to be heard except the soft
rustling of the breeze among the unseen trees.
F. Nashath Sajiaa Hassim,
Grade 7,English Medium,
KM/Mahmud Ladies' College,Kalmunai.