Presentation of Hebrew Certificates

The first year of the Marlborough course Hebrew is now completed and Certificates of Achievement were presented on Monday 29th June. Many congratulations to Upper Sixth pupils Lydia Bennett (U6 DA) and Tegen Dixon-Clarke (U6 DA). Lydia has achieved a Grade A certificate in Level 1 at GCSE standard in Modern Hebrew and is looking forward to reading Theology at University, as well as to travelling to Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv when travel restrictions are lifted. Tegen followed a shorter version of the course and achieved a Grade A certificate at Beginner level. She too is looking forward to reading Theology at University.

Hebrew is now fully established within the Modern Languages Department at Marlborough, with pupils beginning the language in the Upper School. They learn to read and write using the Hebrew Alphabet, in Dfus (print) and Ktav (hand written), as well as to speak and understand the language. Topics covered in the first year include forms of address, introductions, interests, family, music, travel and directions.

Pupils have also researched cultural topics, including the Hebrew calendar and Jewish holidays. Other cultural topics have included the other Jewish languages, Yiddish and Ladino, a historical overview of the Jewish people, food, contemporary Israeli music and the history and landmarks of Tel-Aviv. The main cultural event for the wider College community this academic year was the Zoom afternoon of Hebrew Scribing with Sofer Mordechai in May, which was attended by some 30 pupils, beaks and friends of the College.

Our warm thanks to Ms Onat Boo, Marlborough’s Hebrew teacher, and our congratulations and very best wishes for the future to Lydia and Tegen as they leave Marlborough.

Andrew Brown
Head of Modern Languages

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