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Bus design competition proves a winner for Newcastle pupils

14 Jul 2015


Over 200 pupils from Nursery to Year 6 from a Newcastle school took part in a competition to design their own bus livery as part of Stagecoach North East’s Catch the Bus Week campaign.

The young artists from St Alban’s RC Primary School in Walker got creative and colourful as they chose bright displays for their own bus, making it a very tough choice for the team from the local bus operator to judge and select the winners.

Assistant Operations Manager Tommy Blacker, Martin Foster, bus driver and Eco-Champion and engineer David Wynn from Stagecoach North East’s Walkergate bus depot were seriously impressed with all the efforts of the budding designers and the vibrant buses were all on display during a special assembly all about helping others create a better community.

Five pupils wowed the judges and were selected as winners for their vivid designs, which included the catchy catchphrase ‘ride our bus to save the fuss’ and were presented with individual prizes of book tokens. 

Daisy Lee Norwood, 6, Lily Miller, 7, Elana Rojas, 9, Lily Gills, 11 and Exodus Guangal 11, were presented with their prizes by Tommy and his team during the assembly. 

Lily Gills, one of the winners said: “I was delighted to be one selected as one of the prize winners. I concentrated really hard on my design and thought hard about a suitable slogan. I came up with the ‘ride our bus to save the fuss” idea to encourage parents to use the bus instead of fussing around finding parking spaces and parking money.”

All the pupils who took part in the competition received a goody bag, which included a water bottle, pen and pad and other stationery items. 

Michael Donnelly, Headteacher at St Albans RC Primary School, said: “We are most grateful to the team at Stagecoach for selecting us to be the beneficiaries of their latest fundraising efforts. The team have been very generous with their support and their ‘Catch a Bus’ competition captured the imagination of all the children.”

Catch the Bus Week, which is now in its third year, is a campaign which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of taking the bus and encourage people to give it a try.

As part of the visit by Stagecoach North East, the depot team also presented a cheque for £674 to St Albans and its sister school, Sir Charles Parson School.  The money was raised after seven members of staff from the local bus operator hit the region’s roads and cycled over 40 miles around Tyne & Wear in a sponsored bike ride, as well as a donation from the company for staff who took part in a ‘leave your car at home’ day.

Tommy Blacker, Assistant Operations Manager at the Walkergate depot, said: “The pupils produced a fantastic array of eye-catching designs, which would make fun buses to travel on and encourage people to use the bus! We were delighted that everyone enjoyed taking part in the competition and very well done to the five winners, whose designs clearly stood out.

“We are also pleased to handover the cheque from the money raised from our cycle ride as part of our Green Week initiative. Our staff are always keen to get involved and support our local community whenever possible, as well as helping the environment and embracing new challenges.”

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