Thursday, 16 June, 2022

Drama at the dance eisteddfod; a Socceroo says thank you; Pakistan on tea rations; and BTS takes a break.



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It’s dance eisteddfod season .. which you’d know if your house is anything like mine and full of costumes and feathers and cans of hairspray.

And while for the most part dance competitions are taking place this week across the nation without major incident, one dance competition in Sydney has hit the headlines after a school was penalised during  competition because their costumes were inappropriate.

According to reports, adjudicators at the dance comp ruled that an under 14 dance troupe’s costumes were not age-appropriate and deducted points – meaning they missed out on a place.

And the body that sets the rules for eisteddfods around the country is now considering setting rules on what sorts of costumes are appropriate for kids to wear on stage. 

If you’re like us and still grinning from ear to ear following the Socceroos win the other morning – you’ll love this. 

Socceroos winger Awer Mabil has revealed that when he kicked the winning penalty that saw us qualify for the World Cup, he did so to say thank you to Australia.

Awer told reporters after the game that he was born in a hut in a refugee camp and had moved to Australia from the African country of Kenya when he was 10. 

A refugee camp is a big camp where thousands of people live in temporary shelters – like tents or huts – sometimes for years at a time, because they have had to flee their homelands.

Awer said he wanted to use his penalty kick to thank Australia on behalf of his family for welcoming them and giving them a chance at a new life.

And we thank you too Awer …

I’ve stuck a link to a video of Awer’s life story in today’s episode notes.



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops – and today we’ve landed in Pakistan – where the population has been told to drink less tea.

Pakistan is a country just to the north of India. And the Pakistani people LOVE their tea. But they don’t grow so many tea plants in Pakistan – so they have to import most of it.

Import means to bring something into your country from another country. 

And things are a bit tough over there at the moment – with the government looking at ways to save money. 

And because Pakistan as a country spent more than $850million importing tea last year, the government reckons restricting everyone to one or two cuppas a day will help.

That would be fine with me – i’m not much of a tea drinker … but if they started restricting hot chocolates … well that’s another story. 




Big news in the tennis world yesterday with the announcement by Serena Williams that she’ll be playing at Wimbledon.

Why is that a thing? Serena is one of the greatest players of the game – she’s won 73 titles in her career, has won the women’s title at Wimbledon seven times and been ranked number one women’s player .. 

Well – it’s a thing because she’s been off with an ankle injury for almost a year – and she comes into the competition currently ranked as the 1208th best women’s tennis player in the world. Expect that to change after she’s hit the court. 

And at 40 years old and the mother of four-year-old daughter, Olympia she’s going to be out there flying the flag for mums everywhere. Go Serena!



OMG. BTS is taking a break, and there’s going to be a real life Squid Games reality show? Korean pop culture dominated the entertainment headlines yesterday! 

First of all, mega-boy band BTS—the world’s biggest selling artists last year—announced to their fans in a YouTube video that they were taking a break from recording and performing together. The Korean superstars said they’d been going through a “rough patch” and wanted to take the time as individuals to grow and mature… but they didn’t rule out getting back together in the future. Still, I’m guessing there are some broken hearts among the ARMY this morning… that’s the name for BTS super-fans. 

News was better for fans of the hit Korean TV show Squid Game, when it was announced yesterday that Netflix was going to make a Squid Game reality show, with the biggest prize in TV history—$4.56 million US dollars—up for grabs! 456 people will be recruited from all over the world to take part in the show—the same number of contestants in the fictional TV series, and the biggest cast ever on a reality TV show. Happily, the non-fiction reality version will not feature the deaths of any participants. I’ve put a link in your episode notes to both announcements… 




This Squiz Kids Salutes is brought to you by the Fred Hollows Humanity Award … which, for the last 10 years. has recognised awesome Year 6 kids who are doing positive things in their community.  And today, we salute Amy Carter who comes from a town near Darwin in the Northern Territory and who was named a winner in last year’s awards for the awesome work she did feeding homeless  people.

Through her church, Amy gave up her weekends to help feed homeless people in Darwin, lending a hand in the kitchen, serving food and cleaning up afterwards. She says helping others gives you a warm fuzzy feeling.

Now if you’ve enjoyed hearing about the past winners of the Fred Hollows Humanity Awards, we were lucky enough to interview some of them and you can hear all about their stories, the very special $5000 prize they won and how you can nominate yourself or a Year 6 kid you know – in a special Q&A episode. If you’re listening on a podcast app – it should play directly after this episode – or otherwise search for the Q+As in the drop down menu on our website:  – i’ve also popped a link in your episode notes to the website where you can nominate … 


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

  1. Which country did Socceroo Awer Mabil spend his early years in a refugee camp?
  2. In which big tennis competition will Serena Williams be making her comeback later this month?
  3. A double-header: name the Korean boy band AND the popular Korean Netflix series making headlines yesterday?




It’s June 16 … It’s National Fudge Day in the United States – where it’s also National Fresh Veggies Day … hmmm .. I feel like those two cancel each other out – you think they would have gotten together and separated their days out … 

It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today .. 

Maddison from Panorama, Natalie from Plympton, Frankie from Ballina, Millie from Aspley, Miguel from Kingsgrove, Destiny from Melbourne and Harvey listening over in London!

And belated shoutouts go to Sapphire from Heathpool, Abigail from Kenmore and Delilah from Oxley – who’s mum was so busy making her pancakes for her birthday she forgot to request a birthday shout out yesterday. Give us a break kids – we can’t be awesome at everything.

Classroom shoutouts today are going to …all of the grade 6 classes at Preston West Primary School, class F10 at Hammond Park Primary School, class 5/6H and Miss Nguyen at Harrington Street Public School in Cabramatta, year 6 and Mr Thomas at Saint Francis De Sales Primary School in Woolooware and lastly Ms Cheung, Mr Hutchinson and class 4AC at Croydon Public School. 


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Kenya
  2. Wimbledon
  3. BTS and Squid Game