News from Newington Community Primary School


There was much excitement during the holidays when Newington Community Primary School Music teacher, Mr Eldred received a video message to our pupils from one of his musical heroes ‘Captain Sensible’ and his legendary band ‘The Damned’

These punk pioneers, who were the first British band to release a punk single and album, took time out of their busy promotional schedule (prior to the recording of the video they had been signing 6000 copies of their new album) to wish our pupils well with their musical ventures and learning.

Mr Eldred created a  ‘2 Times Table Song’ and video that were an affectionate tribute to The Damned, to celebrate their recent 40th anniversary,  and prompted the band to make contact.

Mr Eldred said:

“The pupils were thrilled to hear from the band, especially as they love the punky nature of our ‘ 2 x Table Song’, and were keen to learn more about that specific genre of music. The pupils were fascinated by the Damned’s music have used their style to compose ‘Punk’ songs of their own.  They also loved learning Captain Sensible’s number one hit song ‘Happy Talk’ last term, which reflected the school’s core value of the term -resilience.”

Year 4 pupils Amelia and Jessicca said:

“Mr Eldred told us to remember two things about Captain Sensible- he’s not a real Captain,  and he’s not very sensible. He is great at guitar though and Mr Eldred thinks that he’s one of the greatest guitar players ever.”

Mr Eldred concluded,

“We really appreciate the time and effort that the band took in contacting us and hope that the video will help pupils master their ‘2 Times table’ in a fun and exciting way. The Damned are certainly firm favourites at our school and have a whole new generation of fans.”

You can watch the special message from The Damned on the school’s website and Facebook page which is followed by the ‘2 Times Table Song’ that celebrates their musical style and influence. Discover also how the Queen inadvertently helped create one of rock music’s most iconic record covers.

Thank you, Newington Community Primary School, for sharing your positive news with us. We are excited for you! It is lovely of The Damned to have made contact thanks to your Two Times Table song and Mr Eldred’s dedication to their music!