YSGOL yr Hendy has won the prestigious S4C Prynhawn Da Carol yr Wyl competition.

The competition, now in its 10th year, requires the school to write and compose an original Christmas carol which is performed by the schools.

At Ysgol yr Hendy teacher Sian Lloyd wrote the song and composed the music with the help of foundation phase teacher Linda Nicklin.

Headteacher Rhian Kenny said: "We learned a month ago that we had reached 'Y Deg Uchaf' - the 10 highest - but everything was top secret and we were not allowed to share anything on social media.

"We received an email to say that we had reached the top three and to be ready for a visit on Wednesday the last week of term. We had no idea that we had won until one of the presenters of the programme, Mari Grug, walked into the hall holding the trophy.

"The reaction was totally genuine there were cheers, tears and laughter. We had been practising coming third and second but not first!"

This was the fourth year the school had entered, reaching the top ten in the third year.

Ms Kenny added: "Never in our wildest dreams did we think we had won."

"I am so very grateful to Mrs Lloyd and Miss Nicklin for their hard work and giving the pupils such wonderful opportunities to learn new skills. I would also like to thank members of the band for accompanying the choir: Miss Catrin Hughes, Aled Richards and Daniel.

"The winning carol is called 'Law yn llaw' - hand in hand - and recognises that not all children will have a wonderful experience at Christmas time but through opening our doors and hearts we can make it better for those less fortunate than ourselves."

The bilingual school saw both streams come together to perform the song.

This has been an excellent opportunity to promote the Welsh language outside of the school classroom," said Ms Kenny.

"I am blessed to work with wonderful staff, supportive parents and very special pupils. They make coming to work a real pleasure. We have had lots of lovely messages from so many different people. This included an invite to perform for all the elected members in County Hall. It is heartwarming that our win has been celebrated by friends and colleagues across Carmarthenshire and beyond as well as the wider school community of our governors, parents and local residents in Hendy."