Friday, 25 September, 2020

Sideline spectators are go!; Space station dodges debris; rugby fest heads our way; and Justin Bieber’s school holiday hit.



Soul: trailer 

What’s Up Fox?

Reading: Woo’s Wonderful World Of Maths:

Listening: The Biebs:

Watching: Doodle Chaos:






Have you been missing having mum, dad and half your cousins on the sidelines at your weekend netball or footy game – screaming advice as you try to play? No – didn’t think so.

Nevertheless you’ll be excited to learn if you live in NSW, there are now no limits on the number of spectators who can attend community sporting events, after Premier Gladys Berejiklian yesterday lifted a bunch of restrictions.

Inter-school and zone sporting competitions will be back on from the start of term four, and school camps and excursions will also be allowed to go ahead. And if school choir and playing in the school band is your jam – term four will also see a lifting of restrictions on that too. Woo-hoo!

Good news for NSW school kids as they head off on two weeks’ holidays. And it’s the start of two glorious weeks of no school too for all you Squiz Kids in South Australia, Tassie, the ACT, WA and the NT. Enjoy! I know I will!

One person who’s clearly not playing ball on the school holiday front is Jack Frost … with news from the weather bureau that south-Eastern Australia is about to get hit by a cold snap.

Temperatures in Melbourne and Hobart will reach a maximum of only 13 degrees in the next two days, while Adelaide is expected to shiver through a maximum temperature of only 13 degrees today. Kids in Canberra will want to hang on to their doonas too – with overnight frost forecast and the mercury expected to drop to only 1 degree. If you live in those cities or in the towns and country areas nearby, rug up. 




Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops – and today, we’ve landed on the International Space Station … where astronauts have had to take cover in an emergency escape capsule as a shower of debris threatened to damage vital equipment.

The International Space Station is a spaceship that lives permanently in space – sitting at an altitude of some 420 kilometres above Earth and spinning around the globe at a speed of some 27 ,000 kms per hour! Astronauts live aboard the space station for months at a time, performing experiments.

This week, three astronauts aboard the station were forced to take refuge in an escape capsule as an annoyingly large piece of space debris threatened to collide with them. 

Space debris is man-made junk that floats in the atmosphere above us – often bits of satellites that have been destroyed or broken apart and left to spin around in space. And because the space station moves at such a high speed – hitting something even if it’s only small – can cause a lot of damage. 

Luckily – the astronauts managed to stay out of harm’s way. Phew.




It’s been a funny year for professional sport. Competitions cancelled, rounds squeezed into a shorter period of time than normal … because: corona. So the announcement yesterday that some of the best rugby union teams in the world will be coming to Australia in November.

The Rugby Championship – to be played between teams from New Zealand, Argentina, South Africa and Australia – will kick off in Brisbane with a double header on November 7 – before the comp moves south to NSW. Meanwhile, New Zealand is hoping to change the end date so their players can be guaranteed to be home in time for Christmas. 




If you were hanging out for Black Widow – the next instalment in the Marvel movie universe – then you’re going to have to put your patience pants on – as yet another delay is expected before it hits cinemas.

Big Hollywood movie production companies have once again postponed the release of their superhero blockbusters as the coronavirus continues to keep people away from cinemas. On the upside, the new animated film called Soul, from the makers of ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Up’ – will still be released at the end of November. It looks totes uplifting – there’s a link to the trailer in today’s episode notes.




Every Friday we check in with Squiz Kids ambassador, Flynn – known as The Fox to his friends – to see what he’s been reading, listening to and watching.

On the bookshelf this week is Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths … following this week’s excellent Squiz Kids Q+A with maths teacher extraordinaire. Eddie Woo, the Fox has been devouring this book about the patterns that make up the world around us. 

On the listening front: Holy by Justin Bieber has been on high rotation this week. The video is a heart-warmer. 

As for watching, it’s been a Doodle Chaos kind of a week … he’s been watching the utterly addictive, strangely hypnotic Doodle Chaos animations on YouTube … the Beethoven’s 5th one is easily the favourite. So clever.

There are links to all of these cool things in today’s episode notes. 




This is the part of the podcast where you get to test how well you’ve been listening …

  1. What’s the name of the spacecraft in permanent orbit above the Earth?
  2. Which football code is hosting an international championship tournament in Australia in November?
  3. Which Marvel film with a female superhero has been pushed back a year?




It’s September 25 ….. The beginning of two week’s school holiday for many of you – and the middle of two week’s blissful break for the Queenslanders and Victorians among you ..

And because it’s a Friday – and our last Squiz Kids for this school term – it’s time to crank out the Squiz Kids birthday reggae tune … hit it … 

A big ol’ happy birthday to these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today …  Layla from Woongarrah, Charlotte from Sydney, Reagan from Inverell, Brooklyn from Bellevue Hill, Zachary from Perth, Izac from Jindalee, Hez from Lowanna, Leo from Brunswick West, Ella and Meliodas from Dubbo, Alice from Abbotsford, William from Box Hill North, Melissa from Fennell Bay, Amelia and Shane from Orange, Kade and Angus from Stockton, 

Pedro from Wagga Wagga, Marco from Hawthorn, Matilda from Launceston, Isaac from Bondi Beach and Harry from Carlingford. 

Weekend birthday shoutouts… Aiden from Sydney, Nawal from Sunshine West, Liam from Cammeray, Patrick from Mordialloc (“Mor-dee-al-ick”), Livinia from Bondi, Savannah from Meredith, Asha from Chelsea, Seth from Inverell, Austen from Abbotsford, Jett from Gosford East, Sophie from Echuca, Sandy from Carlingford, Maya from Erskineville, Lilah from Buninyong, Alex from Mount Pritchard, Evie and Joseph from Bronte, Khalid from Adelaide, Sasha from Redlynch, Pinkie from Varsity Lakes , Cara from Kew, Charlie from Aberfoyle Park, Jemima from Bundoora, Genevieve from Plympton Park, Emma from Chatswood. 

Happy birthday one and all!


  The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. International Space Station
  2. Rugby Union
  3. Black Widow