Multi-talented Chenuli – Nation Online
By Kusumanjalee Thilakarathna
Pradeep Dambarage pictures
Chenuli Shenaya Fernando de Moratuwa is a grade 3 student currently studying at Gateway College in Ratmalana. She has excellent writing, speech and theater skills, as well as singing and dancing. She performed in school plays and entered many speech and poetry competitions while living in Dubai with her family.
Chenuli, tell us about yourself.
I am Chenuli Shenaya Fernando, living in Moratuwa. I am eight years old and I study at Gateway College Ratmalana. I was born in UAE and moved to Sri Lanka in 2018. I have an older sister who is also studying at Gateway College Ratmalana. My father is Chamara Fernando and he works in UAE, and my mother is Nilakshi Fernando and she is the Managing Director of Best of Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.
I went to Little Oaks British Nursery, UAE and Gems Winchester School, UAE before coming to Sri Lanka. I love to listen to hip hop music and dances of all kinds. My favorite food is pizza and I love playing with LOL dolls and legos, watching robotics videos and watching TV.
My favorite TV show is Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Square Pants, and my favorite movie is Dr. Dolittle. I like to paint and do stuff with my own ideas when I have free time. I am also a member of the school choir.
What is your favourite subject at school?
I love athletics, design and technology.
Also tell us about your accomplishments.
I won first place in the school speech and drama competition.
I played a role as a Chinese girl in the school theater. Then I was in first grade and I thank Ms. Ruklanthi for giving me this opportunity. Everyone said I did it really well, and after the drama everyone called me a Chinese girl. My name in the drama was Chinlee.
You told us that one of your favorite topics is design and technology. Can you tell us what you learn in this course?
Yes, this is one of my favorite subjects. We receive STEM kits from our school. There will be separate little projects for us to do and with the teacher’s instructions we have to put them together. I love making STEM kits.
I love doing creative work and thinking about how I can do similar work differently.
What is the particularity of hip-hop music?
I love the way they dress and I love rap music.
Your hobbies include creating objects using your ideas. Can you tell us about your most recent creation?
I love to create things my way. When I am in my dream world, I have a lot of ideas for creating new things. Even with a small piece of plasticine, I have new ideas for making something for my dolls etc.
I love playing with Legos. But I don’t follow his instructions, I make my own creations with my Lego sets. I always surprise my mom with my new designs, and she always encourages me.
How do you feel when you complete one of these new projects?
I feel so happy and love watching it multiple times and planning my next project.
Is this why your ambition is to create new things when you grow up?
Well my mom says I’m so creative. I would love to learn robotics. But because of Covid-19, I was unlucky. But one way or another, I will one day learn how to make robots. Then I can give commands to my own robot.
Dr. Dolittle is your favorite movie. What did you think after seeing this movie?
It’s an old movie. But I watched two movies of Dr Dolittle with my sister. I love this movie because there are a lot of talking animals. I love animals.
Is the color teal a shade of blue or green?
I think it’s the color of the ocean. I love this color. I have a lot of things of this color. I think I like the ocean a lot, that’s why I like this color.
Finally, tell us why you say your mother is your best friend? Tell us about the things you do together.
Yes, my mom is my best friend. She is the best mom in the whole universe. She plays with me, teaches me my lessons, dances with me, sings with me, makes jokes with me, and we watch cartoons and movies together.
Plus, I can share all of my stuff with her. It’s my best friend. When I’m depressed she knows how to change my mood. I love my mother. But my dad is my superhero. My role model is my sister and I am her.