Monday, 3 August, 2020

Home school’s back for Victoria; Miami’s insta-famous fish; Astronauts splash down!; and South Australia’s 12 year-old catwalk star.



Oval the tail-less fish:

Syriah and Winnie: a pair of model models







And it’s a big, nationwide Squiz Kids virtual hug being sent to all Squiz Kids in Victoria this morning – and their parents and teachers – as the state prepares to bunker down to a new set of coronavirus restrictions – including a curfew and another six weeks of home learning.

What’s a curfew? It’s a rule that means you have to stay inside your home and not go out. And from 8pm last night, all Melburnians will have to stay in their homes from 8pm-5am every day from now until mid-September. 

But who needs to be out at night with Ninja Warrior warming up, and The Masked Singer coming back soon too …

Meanwhile, kids in Victoria will want to make the most of today at school – as it will be their last one in the playground, with classmates for quite a few weeks as that dreaded coronavirus sees a re-introduction of learning from home. At least you get a day off school tomorrow I guess… 

The Victorian government has introduced the strict lockdown – known as stage four restrictions – as new coronavirus cases there continue to be high.  

On behalf of Squiz Kids across the rest of the country: we’re sending all our best wishes to all Victorian Squiz Kids, their parents and teachers too. 

Deep breath Victoria. You’ve got this. 




Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops .. and today, we find ourselves in Miami, Florida – in the south of the United States … where an underwater webcam has made an internet star out of a fish-without-a-tail.

The webcam was set up on the bottom of a busy shipping canal in Miami six months ago. People from all over the world started logging in to watch the passing parade of marine life. And one particular fish kept popping up in front of the camera. He was a doctor fish – and webcam viewers called him Oval, because he was missing his tail.

When Oval didn’t show up for a couple of days, an online effort to locate him was launched, called ‘Finding Oval’ .. happily he came back and has returned to his starring role in this daily underwater reality TV show. 

There’s a link in today’s episode notes to video from the web-cam.




Just when it seemed like all the space traffic was heading in one direction – namely into outer space – came the news this morning that two astronauts who have been up on the International Space Station, have just splashed back down to Earth. (SUN AFTERNOON MEXICO TIME)

Last Thursday night, we waved farewell to the United States’ mission to Mars – the Perseverance which took off hot on the heels of two other Mars missions.

But now the two astronauts who made a little bit of history two months ago by flying up to the International Space Station aboard Space X – the world’s first commercial spaceship – have returned to Earth in good ol’ fashioned rocket ship splashdown. 

What’s a splashdown? Pretty much what it sounds like. It’s when a space capsule carrying astronauts re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere – at a terrific speed while getting very hot – deploys a bunch of parachutes and splashes down into the ocean and is collected by a helicopter and transferred to a waiting ship.

In this case, they’ve splashed down in the sea near Mexico – marking an important successful test mission for a service that may one day soon take tourists into space. 

Start saving your pocket money!




This is a segment where we salute extraordinary people doing extraordinary things … and today we give a big Squiz Kids salute to 12 year-old Syriah Reid Taylor. 

Syriah is a proud young Aboriginal woman from South Australia – and has one of the most infectious smiles you will ever see. She also has a skin condition called vitiligo – that varies the pigmentation of her skin. Meaning she has patches of brown skin and patches of white skin.

And next year, she’s off to London to walk on the catwalk and be a model in London Pacific Fashion Week.

Syriah’s mum painted a beautiful Aboriginal art mural on a pipeline in their hometown of Port Augusta. The mural was seen on social media by a fashion designer in London – who invited Syriah’s mum to design a collection of clothes for London Pacific Fashion Week, and invited Syriah to come and model them.

It’s a dream come true for Syriah – whose idol is the internationally successful Jamaican/Canadian fashion model, Winnie Harlow who has the same skin condition. 

Go Syriah! 

There’s a link in today’s episode notes to photos of Syriah and also links to Winnie Harlow’s instagram




Heads up people! All round awesome Aussie Turia Pitt will take the Squiz Kids hotseat tomorrow, answering your questions, when the special Q+A session we recorded with her finally drops. It will be available first thing in the morning.  And it’s funny, clever and full of awesome life tips. Mark your diaries … 




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 city in Florida, in the US, where Oval the doctor fish has become a webcam star?
  2. The astronauts who splashed down this morning were part of a space mission called what?
  3. Which city in England will 12 year old aspiring model Syriah Taylor travel next year to to take part in a Pacific Fashion Week?




It’s August 3 … footballer Sonny Bill Williams birthday, and it’s the start of Dental Health Week where it’s all about healthy teeth  and the theme this year is “How Much Sugar Is Hiding In Your Trolley?” – encouraging us all to read food labels and make as many healthy food choices as we can. You’ve only got one set of teeth afterall ..

It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today  … Isla from Gosford East, Liberty from Shoal Bay, Tim from Bathurst, Tyrone from Lowanna, Ivaang from Girraween, Josh and Ben from Waverley, Sophia from Abbotsford, Mikayla from St Helens Park, Aniket from Blacktown, Ryder from Sheoak Grove, Christian from Moorebank, Zach from Abbotsford, Noah from Maroubra, and Lily from NSW.

And some belated birthday shoutouts…Daniel from Red Hill, Grace from Valentine, Hien (pronounced He-an) from Newcastle, Liam from Black Head, Caelan and Benjamin from Sydney, Ana from Forest Hill, Archie from Garibaldi and Madison from Adamstown.

Happy birthday to you all.

Classroom shoutouts… Grade 3/4 at Ardeer South Primary School with Mr Gath, Ms Cronin and Mr C; Year 6 at St Joseph’s in Oatley, 5C and Miss Clements at St Ives North Public School, class 2/3 Gold at Crown Street Public School  and 5P from Keiraville Public School. 

The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Miami
  2. Space X
  3. London