Tuesday, May 9, 2023

It’s Budget day; Vietnam’s record breaking heatwave; top dogs take a dive and which movie gets the Golden Popcorn award?




Vietnam weather


Westminster Dog Show




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Today is budget day…now you may have heard about it on the news, it’s when our Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Treasurer Jim Chalmers outline how much money the Australian Government has – and what it’s going to spend that on.

They will announce the full economic plan tonight on TV and it sets out the country’s priorities for the years ahead.

It’s decisions like how much money will go into fixing roads, building schools and improving hospitals.

It’s hard to understand how to budget, but it’s extremely important to learn how to manage money.

A budget is a spending plan – you have a certain amount of money, and you need to figure out how to pay for things within that budget.  You have to be realistic about what you can afford – and you can’t always buy what you want.

Even at your house – your parents would be managing the family finances, working out how much they can spend on everything from your home, to clothes and the weekly groceries.


If you want to learn more about this, take a listen to our Money and Me financial literacy series for kids … especially Episode 2, where Biz-E the Bee learns how to budget in her quest to buy her first mobile phone. Search for ‘Money + Me’ wherever you get your podcasts, or jump in via the Squiz Kids website – squizkids.com.au. . Because we all need to know how to manage money. 



Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops, and today we’ve landed in Vietnam, where the north of the country has sweated through its hottest day on record.

Vietnam is in Asia, and it’s quite a long and narrow country, so the weather in the north, like in Hanoi – it’s capital, could be a lot different to the weather experienced in the south, perhaps you’ve heard of Ho Chi Minh, that’s a well known city in the south.

Up in Hanoi, the temperature rose to 44 point 2 degrees celsius on Sunday – breaking all previous records.

And considering summer has only just begun, that’s a long hot season ahead.

Which is the opposite of what we’re experiencing down under – as we shivered through our coldest morning of the year so far – as a cold blast dragged polar air across the southeast states.  Even Brissy didn’t miss out on all that chilliness.

And with that taste of winter – excitement levels rose in ski towns in New South Wales and Victoria, where a thick blanket of snow covered the resorts – 5 weeks ahead of the official start to the ski season.

I don’t know about you, but that’s a definite hint to get out your winter woolies.



Where else would you find teeny tiny chihuahuas competing against giant Great Danes, Poodles, other oodles – and everything else four legged and fluffy?

It’s the annual Westminster Dog Show – an event that has been held for 147 years, where the best of the best dogs try to take out the trophy for best groomed – best jumper – best poser and the most obedient, among other awards.

The show is being held in New York City and goes over four days – don’t ask me how long that is in dog years … 

More than 3 thousand pups compete in the event, of which there are 210 different dog breeds.

Yesterday we saw the dog dock diving competition – try to say that three times without stumbling over it …  .

Now, I’ll post a video into your episode notes so you can have a look at this cute canine caper.

The dogs had to jump off a dock into water, catch a toy and swim back – some pranced, some leapt, some sprang… some were a little bit nervous – but…  in the end – it all just looked like regular old doggy paddle to me.



Dogs weren’t the only ones getting awards in America yesterday … some of the world’s best-known movie stars were also competing for trophies as the annual MTV Movie Awards took place. 

It’s usually a huge deal, at an enormous arena, in front of a live audience, but this year was different because the movie industry is going through a bit of turmoil right now, with all screen writers going on strike.  So there was no host and it was all pre-recorded – but there were still golden popcorn awards and big winners.

Best Performance went to the actress Jenna Ortega, who plays Wednesday in the Netflix series ‘Wednesday’.

T Swift beat out Lady Gaga for best song for her ditty ‘Carolina’ from the movie ‘where the crawdads sing.

And the best movie award went to Scream 6 – beating out hot contenders like Avatar: The Way of Water and Top Gun: Maverick.

But maybe don’t go and rush out to the movies to see that one just yet, Scream 6 is meant to be pretty scary – and it is rated MA15+ … so maybe stick to Avatar for the time being.


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

  1. I mentioned two famous cities in Vietnam, can you name me one of them?
  2. What is the name of the dog show currently happening in New York?
  3. Which movie won MTV’s best movie award?





It’s May 8 – It’s 72 days until The FIFA Women’s World Cup, being held across Australia and New Zealand… can you tell we’re excited?!

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

Bailey from Oyster Bay, Jasper from Woongarrah, Aston from Isle of Capri, Grace from Ruse and Jing from Hammond Park.

And a belated shout out to Vinnie from Clairvaux.

Classroom shout outs go to… Class LA and Miss Tancred at Lisarow High School on the Central Coast, class 5/6D and Mr Dawson at Terara Public School, class S2 and Mrs Goodfellow at Goulburn South Public School, class HB22 and Mrs Black at Woongarrah Public School and lastly to class 6S and Mr Schumacher at Dysart State School. 


The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. Hanoi, which is the capital – or Ho Chi Minh.
  2. Westminster Dog Show
  3. Scream 6

Don’t forget .. if you’ve got a birthday coming up and you want a shout out  – or if you want a classroom shout out – drop us a line at [email protected] or fill out the form on our website. 

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.