PUPILS at Ysgol Pen y Garth will raise the roof this Friday as they celebrate Dydd Miwsig Cymru (Welsh Music Day) with a much anticipated ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition.

The whole school will watch pupils from the junior department as they seek to win the title of ‘best band’ in a competition which sees pupils throughout the school taking part in activities to mark the third Welsh language Music Day taking place this Friday (February 9)

Welsh Music Day, a national event, celebrates all forms of Welsh music and aims to bring the thrill of live music to all with free events taking place all across the country.

Taking part in Welsh Music Day has given pupils at Ysgol Pen y Garth the opportunity to express and celebrate their Welsh culture and identity through the excitement of making and performing live music.

A parent of one of the pupils taking part said: "Pupils regularly listen to recordings of Welsh music and bands at school, but to have the opportunity to create their own bands and play this music in their own way has been a real experience for them.”

The "strong Welsh ethos" at Ysgol Pen y Garth was highlighted in a recent report published as part of the National Schools Categorisation System. In this report, Pen y Garth has been ranked green, the highest category.

Iona Edwards, headteacher at Pen y Garth said: “We are absolutely thrilled to gain green status for our school this year. This confirms that the staff work diligently as a team to provide the highest standards of education for our pupils. It is also a direct result of the strong partnerships we value between the school, parents, the governing body and the local community.”

To find out more about how pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community celebrate Welsh culture at Pen y Garth, search for #siarteriaithPyG or follow @YsgolPenyGarth on Twitter.