Tuesday, 26 April, 2022

Crowds return for ANZAC Day; our ANZAC Day Special Report; the bears under the house; and the hiker down the toilet.



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After two years of scaled back events because of COVID and lockdowns, Anzac Day commemorations returned with gusto yesterday as record numbers of Australians turned out at dawn services and marches all over the country to pay their respects. 

Yesterday marked 107 years since the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps stormed the beaches of Gallipoli – marking a moment in history – a moment of sacrifice – that still resonates today.  

More than 18 000 people braved the morning chill of Canberra to attend the dawn service at the National War Memorial yesterday, while large crowds turned out to similar services in big cities and country towns all over the country. 

School leaders laid wreathes, school bands played the Aussie anthem and soldiers who had fought for their country in various wars around the world marched proudly to remember their friends who had fallen in battle and never made it back home. 

A special ceremony was held in Papua New Guinea, to mark 80 years since a famous battle there called the Battle of Kokoda. 

Meanwhile, because kids were out in force with their families at Canberra’s National War Memorial for the dawn service – we sent Squiz Kids very own Amanda Bower to Canberra to ask them why they believed it was important to get up before sunrise and brave the cold to commemorate Anzac Day. Keep listening at the end of this episode to hear that special report.

And don’t forget: if you want to know more about ANZAC Day – be sure to dive into this week’s Squiz Kids Shortcut, which goes into WHAT happened on April 25, 1915, WHY we celebrate a battle that ended in defeat, and HOW ANZAC Day has changed over the years. Available to our Squiz Kids for Schools and Apple Podcast subscribers ..  jump into a free trial subscription by searching Squiz Kids in Apple Podcasts or via squizkids.com.au  



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops .. and today we’ve landed in the bottom of a toilet … in a national park in Washington state in the USA … we’ll luckily, we haven’t landed in the bottom of a toilet, but a hiker has – after she lost her mobile phone down the pit toilet and fell in trying to recover it.

A pit toilet is pretty much what it sounds like – a big hole in the ground – over which a toilet seat is placed. When the hiker accidentally dropped her mobile she tried to reach down and retrieve it – only to fall in. Euuggh.

Luckily, though she was stuck at the bottom of a pit toilet, she was stuck there with her mobile phone – and managed to call emergency services to pull her out. 

I would have had about twenty five showers straight after that … wonder if she kept the phone?




And so to California, in the United States, we go – where a family living in a house near a forest were shocked to discover a family of bears hibernating underneath their house.

For months during the cold winter,  the family could hear what they described as a purring, snoring sound beneath their floorboards. They asked neighbours if they were hearing the same thing, but it was all quiet on the neighbour’s front.

It was only after the family called in the BEAR League – which is a group of people dedicated to keeping bears safe – that the truth was revealed. 

No fewer than five black bears – a mummy bear and her four cubs – had decided to hibernate under the house.

The bears were safely coaxed out into the open and the underneath of the house sealed off. Because, seriously, how else would you sleep knowing you had five black bears under your bedroom floor … Yikes. 




Now, unless you’ve been under a rock, you’re probably aware that a federal election is just around the corner. A day late next month when all the big people in Australia trot off to their local polling booth and decide who will represent them in Canberra, and who will be the next Prime Minister of Australia.

There are two blokes hoping to win … the current Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and the current Opposition leader, Anthony Albanese. 

And just like the school captain elections at your school, each candidate will be spending the time between now and the election trying to convince voters why they are the one to vote for. 

Now here at Squiz Kids – because we know it’s a kids’ world too, even if some adults often forget it – we’ve been in touch with both candidates and both ScoMo and Albo have indicated they’d be happy to do a Squiz Kids Q+A – where they answer any questions that you send in.

So don’t just sit there … get your thinking caps on. This is your chance to ask a question of the next leader of your country … 

You’ve got until Monday to send your questions to [email protected] … be sure to tell us your name, age, where you’re from and whether your question is for ScoMo or Albo. The ten best for each candidate will be selected and put to the candidates. 

Get cracking!




Hey team – just a little housekeeping note … tomorrow when you tune into the podcast, it won’t be me – but rather the very excellent Amanda Bower you’ll hear … for the next little while, Amanda’s going to be hosting the podcast on Wednesdays (CHEER) – so be sure to make her feel welcome. And I’ll see you all back here on Thursday … no mucking around while I;m gone, y’hear?




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

  1. In which Australian city is the National War Memorial?
  2. A family of what animals were hibernating underneath a house in California?
  3. What did a hiker drop down a toilet and try to retrieve?




It’s April 26 … welcome back to school everyone! For some of you, it’s your second week back – hope it hasn’t been too painful. 

Today is the start of Food Allergy Awareness Week … did you know that Australia has one of the highest incidences of people with food allergies in the world .. with an estimated 800,000 Aussies affected … no doubt you know someone in your class or school … 

It’s also a special day for Jem from Vermont South and Zara from Yass who are celebrating a birthday today.

And because a bunch of you celebrated your birthday over the Easter Holidays … we’ve got a backlog of belated birthday shout outs which we’ll be working our way through all this week … starting today with … Alley from Dubbo, Kahlae, Lachlan and Jack from Helensvale, Beau from Craigburn, Cooper from Albury, Levi and Audrey from Cannon Hill, Jack from Kempsey, Erin from Shoal Bay, Molly from Townsville, Laila from Woongarrah, Indy – who is caravanning around Australia and Norah listening all the way from Lund in Sweden. 

And classroom shoutouts today go to … Class 5/6 E&D with Miss Earl and Miss Duggan at Dobroyd Point Public School, Mrs Gash and class 5G at Murrumburrah Public School and Mrs Casburn’s year 3/4 class at Pitt Town Public School.


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Canberra
  2. Black bears
  3. Mobile phone