Wednesday, 18 May, 2022

The PM reveals a naughty past; Mr. Cool climbs Everest for the 16th time; dead people don’t vote; and a fairy godmother gets Kambalda kids to the ball.


Squiz Kids Q+A with PM Scott Morrison:…r-scott-morrison/
Conquering Everest with Kenton Cool (back when he’d only climbed it 14 times):
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed to Squiz Kids that when he was at school, he was disruptive, he spent quite some time in detention, and he even got the cane one or two times! The PM took a break from campaigning in the Northern Territory yesterday to call Squiz Kids’ own Bryce Corbett and take the Squiz Kids Q+A hot seat. That’s right, the coalition leader has answered ten questions submitted by kids, including the one that uncovered his naughty schoolboy past. Now, before you think that it’s okay to be disruptive, the PM was quick to say that he thinks you should always listen to your parents and teachers! 

Now, I don’t want to give everything in the Q+A away, but ScoMo did discuss what he thinks are the most important qualities for a Prime Minister to have —strength and understanding—and the one thing he would change in the world if he could—he’d like people to be kinder to each other, especially on social media. To hear his full answers to all ten questions… especially the one about whether his kids cringe when he plays the ukulele… just keep listening after today’s Shout Outs – it should play next. And of course we’re still hoping that opposition leader Anthony Albanese will give Bryce a call before Saturday… we have your questions ready to ask him, too. 


Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops .. and today we’ve landed in Nepal, where a man who was told he’d never walk again has climbed Mt Everest for the 16th time! British mountaineer Kenton Cool —yep, that really is the last name of a man who climbs snowy peaks for a living—has broken the record for the most number of times a non-Nepali has climbed to the 8,849 metre peak. Way back in 1996, when he was just 22 years old, he had a rock climbing accident and shattered both his heels. He was told he wouldn’t be able to walk again without help, but he overcame the obstacles with surgery and therapy, and now guides people up and down mountains for a living. He holds all kinds of records, not just for climbing up mountains, but also skiing down them. Pretty cool, Mr. Cool. 



It’s Wednesday… which means Squiz-E the Newshound is back in the studio to talk about misinformation he’s been sniffing out online. And he’s gearing up for a BIG couple of days as we get close to the election. The stakes are high when a country is voting for their government, and disinformation about the election is dangerous. The Australian Electoral Commission—the people who make sure our elections are free and fair—has already issued almost 50 formal warnings about online election-related content. They’ve seen false claims about postal voting; people voting twice; even dead people voting! So Squiz-E is really excited to hear Bryce’s interview with the AEC tomorrow about all things elections…



I think it’s time for a Cinderella story… except in this Aussie version, the fairy godmother is a high school principal, and Cinderella is being played by the year 11 and 12 students at Kambalda West District high school, in regional Western Australia. For the first time in the school’s history, Kambalda is having a school ball! But principal Candice Brown noticed that some kids weren’t coming, because they couldn’t find, or afford, an outfit. She posted on social media, asking if anyone had a used spare dress that they could donate… and in just 9 days, in a small country town, she’d collected 100 ball dresses as well as shirts, vests, shoes, and more… some coming from 600 km away in Perth. Ms Brown, Squiz Kids salutes you and all those donors. The kids are going to look FABULOUS this Friday. 


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

1. How many times has Kenton Cool climbed Mt. Everest?

2. What two qualities does Scott Morrison think a prime minister should have?

3. What kind of person is Candice Brown, the principal of Kambalda West District High?





It’s May 18… census day in Argentina, where the whole country has the day off to get an accurate count of its population! And if you’re interested in learning more about the country that gave the world Lionel Messi and the tango, Squiz the World is going to Argentina today! One of the many advantages to being a subscriber to Squiz Kids for Schools is that you’ll get a weekly audio excursion to a different country on our planet. Parents signed up to our Apple Subscriber Specials can listen, too! Both offer free trials, so have a listen today! There are links in your episode notes. 

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

Oliver from Mount Duneed, Nolan from Canterbury, Abby from Coniston Primary School, Camretta from Katherine, Rose from All Saints Primary School and Bella from Quirindi.

Belated shout outs go to Eliza from Applecross and John, Rodayna and Alexis from Coniston Primary School.

Classroom shout outs go to…Mr Cracknell and 5/6C at Mandama Primary School, Mr H and Mr L of class 5/L at Chatswood Public School, class 6B at Villa Maria Catholic Primary School and class 5B with Mrs Bland at Moorooka State School.

The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. 16
  2. Strength and understanding
  3. You decide! Use your inferring skills.