Thursday, June 15, 2023

The president facing prison; A surfer’s surprising fear; Big delays for kids movies; and watch out for pumpkin ice-cream!


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Have you heard of Former American President Donald Trump?  He was President of the US in your lifetime, between 2017 until 2021, after he lost the election to the current President Joe Biden.

So recently, he was one of the most powerful people in the world. Head of the United States and the Government.  A man who is meant to uphold the laws, not break them.

Which makes this story so interesting. 

Donald Trump is being accused of breaking the law and hiding highly sensitive,  top secret documents in his home.  These documents are said to be about US nuclear weapons, spy satellites and the US Military; all information that poses a threat to something called ‘national security’. 

FBI agents found more than 100 of these classified documents at his residence in Florida.  Trump lives in a private resort called Mar-a-Lago.  Inside the resort, there are many private homes, as well as shared spaces, like a ballroom.  Unbelievably, Trump is being accused of storing these hugely secret documents on the stage in the ballroom, as well in his bathroom and other places where people could have easily stumbled across them.  But not only that, Trump is being accused of refusing to return them.

So yesterday, Donald Trump faced a Federal Court in Miami, where he pleaded not guilty, setting the stage for a high-stakes public trial.

The reason why it’s such a big deal, is that no President of the United States has ever been accused of federal crimes, and if he is found guilty, Trump faces the possibility of going to prison.



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops – and today we’ve landed in Bali, in Indonesia – Where professional surfer Rio Waida has spoken about his surprising fear.  Even though Rio now surfs for a living and says he practises every day, he was once petrified of even going into the ocean.

Despite growing up on the Indonesian island, surrounded by beaches and with surf loving parents, he said he was so afraid of going into the water, he would become paralyzed with fear.

His parents would teach him how to catch waves and slowly as he got a bit older, he saw how much fun his friends were having and when he began to surf with his friends, a strong desire to become the best – overtook his feelings of anxiety. 

Once he competed in his first event, he got his first taste of victory – now his competitive fire is burning as strongly as ever.

Rio says when negative thoughts creep into his head, he reminds himself of how far he’s come in his surfing career from being a little boy who was scared of the ocean.

He now dreams of being a world champion just like his idols Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning and of bringing an Olympic medal to his home country of Indonesia.




Cauliflower ice cream anyone?  Or perhaps green bean gelato?

You know how your parents are always telling you to eat your greens and they try to sneak veggies into your meal.  Well, that’s because they are healthy for you.

So here’s a question… would you eat more veggies if they were disguised in ice cream?

A company called Nutri-V, believes it has come up with an almighty idea of increasing the appeal of veggies, but also tackling the issue of food waste and making veggies taste so delicious, no kid would want to leave it behind on their plate.

Nutri-V says 20 per cent of all fresh produce is thrown away in Australia, and that they can turn all this food waste into powder.

And use this powder as an ingredient in ice cream, making flavours such as pumpkin, cauliflower and vanilla bean.

They say a scoop of their yummy ice cream has the same nutritional value as eating broccoli.

Now, I don’t know about you, but it’s a hard battle getting my kids to finish their cauliflower, so I would definitely try cauliflower ice cream. Bring on the taste test!




Oh no, here’s some bad news for Movie fans.  Disney has announced they are delaying the release of some of their hotly anticipated sequels.  Not just by weeks or months, but making us wait YEARS until we can watch them.

The third instalment of Avatar was meant to be in cinemas in December next year.  But is being pushed back to December 2025.  Then the rest of the Avatar sequels will be scheduled for 2029 and 2031.  2031, that’s 8 whole years away.  For those of you who are 8 years old now, that’s basically waiting your whole life – again – for that movie.

Marvel’s multi billion dollar Avengers next flick has been delayed for until May 2026, that’s 3 years away.  Which is also the exact same time the next Star Wars movie will be released.

So looks like we just need to be patient.  Wonder how many re-runs will be watched in that time.


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

  1. What is the name of the Former U.S President who faced federal charges of keeping top secret documents in his home.
  2. Professional Surfer Rio Waida is from Bali.  Bali is an island, but can you tell me which country Bali is part of?
  3. Sequels to some of the most popular movies franchises have been delayed.  Can you name any of the movie series that has been affected?




It’s June 15  – Global wind day.  Stop laughing, not flatulence wind.  It’s a day to celebrate the power of wind, and learn more about it as an affordable type of energy.


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

Emmett from Yass, Remy from Paraburdoo, Ollie from Forster, Jayden from Mosman Park, Chloe from Serpentine, Leilani from Avoca Beach, Leo from Gladesville, Jessie from Brisbane, Gilly from Mount Gravatt, Fraser from Townsville, Millie from Albany Hills, Oscar from Hornsby, Jenson from West Pennant Hills, Alex from Scone, Stella from Adelaide, Tully from Ruse, Delilah from Oxley, Emily-Jane from Echuca and Albee from Mont Albert North. 

And belated shout outs go to…. Harris from Perth and Nimreet from Pitt Town.

Classroom shout outs go to … class 6G and Mrs Smith at Dundas Public School, prep class P with Mrs Sun at St Gregory The Great Primary School in Doncaster, class 2M and Mrs Mears at Majura Primary School in Watson, Miss Dodd’s class at Pingelly Primary School, the year 5 classes with Mr Townsend and Mr Spowart at The Southport School and happy birthday to Mrs Kime at St John’s Anglican College in Forest Lake. Lastly a special birthday shout out for Emily at Manly State School .. Bryce is looking forward to visiting you and your classmates on Friday!


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Indonesia
  3.  The Avatar films, Marvel or Star Wars.


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That’s all we have time for. Thanks for listening to Squiz Kids Today – we’ll be back again tomorrow.

In the meantime, get out there and have a most excellent day.  Over and out.