Thursday 9 June 2016

Interviewing Roy (a bus driver)

Interviewing Roy (a bus driver)

Today I interviewed a bus driver called Roy. My classmates and I asked Roy some questions and I noted down his answers - I asked some the questions too! One of the questions he said he couldn't answer was, "What was your most embarrassing moment?".  He said he never gets embarrassed about anything! Then Aya (my friend) asked if he could do a magic trick because his full time job is now a magician. So he did do about 4 tricks. I was amazed by the tricks he could do! The last one was for luck! My classmates and I found it fun.

About Cecil

Cecil: How I Became a Bus Driver
I was walking down the street of Barbados when a young man came and asked me if I would like a job in England, since they were having a problem hiring enough workers in Britain. They said it was something to do with London transport and that interested me even more. But I already had a job in Barbados - I thought about it and then I decided to go to England because I decided that I needed to make money and wanted to see another part of the world.

So I made it to England three weeks later, after saying goodbye to all of my family and friends. It was really hard as some people were racist and it was hard to get used to a new culture. I was looking forward to my new job of being a conductor on an RM (although I honestly I don't know what it stands for). After a while I found my place in the London transport community. And I found out RM stands for Route Master!

By Abbie,  Aya & Ali

Interview Questions

Questions for interview

Tell us about how you became a bus driver.
What was the skid test like?
What things do you hate most about your job?
What things do you enjoy most about your job?
What kind of buses have you driven?
What would you do if your bus broke down?
What is the most dangerous situation you have ever dealt with?
Why do you love buses?
What is the most stressful thing about bus driving ?

Today we met three bus drivers Roy, Terry and Mike .
Terry came in and talked about his time as bus driver
and his experiences .We interviewed him and he answered
all of our questions some of them were funny and some of them were
very interesting.Mike came in with lots of old bus items like a
gibbon machine, Mike showed us how it worked and a ticket came
out. The pictures were very exciting , because in the pictures Mike
was driving through a big bridge in Paris . Roy came as well and he
also answered our questions with a unique set of answers.
However,the thing Roy did different was that he preformed some
magic tricks. We learnt a lot about buses from the visitors today and
We will learn more later on .

By Sirah and Fatima

Old Tickets

On Tuesday 7th May, we went to the London Transport Museum (LMT). We visited the museum yesterday but we're only the second school ever allowed into the library where there were many rare books about the history of London Transport. While they were talking to us and showing us a film about buses we took notes. After we  were allowed to browse the library looking for useful books.

At the end of the session a man called Laurie (who is an old bus driver) gave us some very old bus tickets which were actually used in World War 2. We loved the trip and are looking forward to tomorrow's interviews.

By Walid and Ali



The Routemaster was first found in the year 1956 and ever since it has had phenomenal service.The Routemaster is a double-decker bus designed by London Transport and built by the AEC Company and Park Royal Vehicles.

Most Routemasters were built for London Transport, although some buses were built for British European Airways and the Northern General Transport Company. A total of 2,876 Routemasters were built, of which 1,280 are still on this earth.

The RM has 1 passenger door and has 57-72 seats.It is 27 ft long 14 ft tall and painted bright red the Routemaster also runs on oil and has a roof on the top.

By Emad Taroute

World War I Battle Buses

World War I Battle Buses.

In 1910 the newest bus was the B-Type which could hold 34 passengers and only moved at 12mph. When WWI started the army didn't have a way to move soldiers around so they took London buses to Europe; they also took the drivers with them. Nearly 1,200 B-Types were taken.

The buses were repainted for camouflage and each bus window was bolted up for protection. Also, the buses had weapons inside. Some buses even had pigeon coups attached to the roof to house homing pigeons which were used for sending messages. The buses often broke down and some bus drivers were killed. After the war, the buses which were not destroyed were used to bring the troops home.

By Walid and Abdulrahim

The Diary Of Mary Morgan

Dear Diary,
Yesterday I was contacted by the artist Eric Kensigton which made me surprised. He told me to come to the studio so he could paint my picture. He said that I saved little children from a bomb blast and protected them with my body. I was shaking with fear and my knees were wobbling. As I put makeup on, I looked in the mirror and gulped.

When I went into the studio, I was nervous that I had applied too much makeup. Slowly I walked in and I saw Albert Coe and Eric Kensigton waiting for me at the back of the studio. As they were looking at me, Eric Kensigton told me to come over so he could paint my picture - but told me that first I needed to wash off all my make up! I'd put too much on!
I rushed to the toilet and washed my face.

I returned back and was painted. It am nervous to see how it turns out!


by Tabassum and Samira