What Suhanya is passionate about 

By Kusumanjalee Thilakarathna

Suhanya Gamaarachchi is not someone new to the Little Stars audience as she contributes her essays and poems to the Little Stars creative corner frequently. Suhanya is an avid reader who is passionate about space exploration and life. She loves to write poems and stories and always encourages others to read. She shares her new ideas on her Youtube channel, ‘Happy Learning Van’. Suhanya is nine years old and is a student of Horizon College International, Nugegoda.


Can you tell us about yourself, Suhanya?

My name is Suhanya Gamaarachchi. I am nine years old. I am a Year 5 student at Horizon College International, Nugegoda. My favourite subjects are Maths, Science, English and French. Some of my hobbies include reading, writing, chess, and scrabble. I also spend most of my time doing science experiments and sometimes end up ruining our kitchen! I love crafts and sewing and I create fashion outfits, which I sew myself, for my dolls.


Is writing your favourite hobby?

Writing is my pastime and I like to write short stories, articles, and poems. I have published a lot of articles in many newspapers. My favourite topic is a mix of magic, science, and suspense! I am now working on a book of short stories and some poems.


What are you passionate about?

My passion is to learn about space exploration and life. Recently, I attended an astronomy course for about six months and I learnt so much from it! But I also like dinosaurs and fossils.


Tell us about your experience in photography?

I love photography and animals and once I won a wildlife photography competition! That was exciting because it was just a magpie in our garden who posed for me! My mother is a photographer and I used to watch her and learnt from her. 

I wish we could all go out travelling again. I like to travel and enjoy cold places most. Observing wildlife and taking photos is also an important part of my travels. I want to travel around the world one day. There is so much to see and our world is such a beautiful place. 


Tell us about your Youtube channel too?

Recently, I started a YouTube channel (with my mother’s help), ‘Happy Learning Van,’ and I try my best to update it when I have time. Online classes helped me find more time for activities and I actually love online classes more than physical school now! I learned how to code and even learned to create my own robot during my free time. 

I like to create various educational items for my channel and I do all sorts of videos to share my ideas with others. I think we should try everything we love as much as we can.


What types of books do you like to read?

I always encourage people to read books – even though we have the internet now, reading a book is different. You can imagine your own characters when you read a book. I love activity books the most, when I can imagine and create something out of what I read.

I loved visiting the British Council library because we had a lot of activities there for children. I miss it so much because it closed due to Covid and I do hope they will reopen it soon.

My favourite authors change from time to time, but I loved Roald Dahl’s stories and Rosie Banks and now I have found a new favourite author, Eva Ibbotson.


What do you plan to do in the future?

I’m really looking forward to creating more videos on my YouTube channel in future. 

I would love to become a scientist one day. I want to study how life in the universe evolved from dinosaurs to AI. And I want to use Artificial Intelligence to help humans and make life better and easier for us. My dream is to discover an exoplanet that we can live in. 

I would love to visit NASA one day and work there because I would love to learn more and visit all the planets.


Is there anyone you want to thank?

I want to thank my family, especially my parents, for encouraging me to do what I love and always going the extra mile to help me. Also for tolerating the mess when my experiments go wrong! 

I thank all my school teachers for supporting me constantly – without them, I wouldn’t have come so far. Our Principal Mr. Daminda Kulatunga always encourages us to do various things and organises events in school for everyone to participate in. 

Even during Covid, we had classes and all the special events online and I think this is great because we were safe but we also didn’t miss anything … and this is why I love my school so much!