Moriah College

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Moriah College
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Harry Triguboff Family Corner House, Moriah College
Moriah College is located in Sydney
Moriah College
Moriah College
Coordinates33°53′58″S 151°14′38″E / 33.89944°S 151.24389°E / -33.89944; 151.24389Coordinates: 33°53′58″S 151°14′38″E / 33.89944°S 151.24389°E / -33.89944; 151.24389
TypeIndependent co-educational early learning, primary and secondary day school
MottoTo Learn, To Heed, To Act
Religious affiliation(s)Modern Orthodox Judaism
Established1942; 77 years ago (1942)
FounderAbraham Rabinovitch
Co-Acting Principals
  • Roberta Goot OAM
  • Donna Delbaere
Teaching staffc. 260
YearsEarly learning; K-12
Enrollmentc. 2,400 (2019[citation needed][3])
Campus typeUrban
School colour(s)Navy blue and sky blue         
Feeder schoolsMount Sinai College

The Moriah War Memorial College (or more commonly, Moriah College) is an independent Modern Orthodox Jewish co-educational early learning, primary and secondary day school, located in Queens Park, an eastern suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The college provides education from early learning through Kindergarten to Year 12.

The college is a member of the Jewish Communal Appeal,[1] and the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA).[2]


Founded in 1942 by Abraham Rabinovitch, Moriah College started as a small school located in Glenayr Avenue, Bondi, which is still in use today as an affiliated kindergarten.[4] Harold Nagley, the first principal of Moriah, travelled door to door in an attempt to recruit pupils.[citation needed] In 1952, Rabinovitch purchased a 1 12-acre (0.6 ha) Bellevue Hill property from the estate of the late Mark Foy for 30,500. Following renovations, the college opened at the Bellevue Hill site in 1953, with 57 students.

Further renovations were completed in the mid-1960s and, by 1967, the King David School in Edgecliff, formed by the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies in 1960, merged with Moriah College. The King David School relocated to a property in Dover Road Rose Bay, purchased from another school, and the Bellevue Hill site was used as a high school. From 1975, the college rapidly expanded from 500 to 800 students, and additional properties were acquired in Bellevue Hill to allow for further expansion. Yet college officials had reservations that the site would not accommodate future growth.

By the early 1980s. the NSW Government decided to amalgamate two public schools in Dover Heights and sell the unused campus. Moriah College made an offer for this campus, but the Premier, Neville Wran, rejected the offer, following a public campaign organised by the NSW Teachers' Federation. Wran offered the college a lease over land located in Queens Park, on the site of the old Eastern Suburbs Hospital, and construction of a new high school began. Amid cost overruns and delays, by late 1993 the college decided to relocate the primary school to the site as well, and sell all land held at Bellevue Hill. Over A$12 million was realised from the sale of the college's Bellevue Hill properties.[4]

The college is now entirely situated on the Queens Park campus, having purchased the land from the NSW Government in 2011[5] for A$27 million,[6] with the final instalment of A$20.25 million payable in February 2014.[7] Some older buildings remain from the Eastern Suburbs Hospital that previously occupied part of the site. Additional affiliated preschool campuses are located in Bondi, Bondi Junction, Randwick, and Rose Bay.


The school's Symphonic Wind Ensemble won the NSW Junior band championships in May 2012[8] building on the work of a number of band tours.[9]

In 2015, the Moriah Rugby team did very well. Both the Under 14 and 18 teams came third in the Peninsula Cup Tournament.

The Moriah Football (soccer) First XI won the prestigious NSW Combined Independent Schools Cup for the first time in 2015, beating Barker College in the grand final.[10] The team then went on to retain the title in 2016, becoming the first school to do so, after coming back from 3-1 down to beat Newington College 4-3 in the grand final.[11]

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  1. ^ a b "Moriah College". Jewish Communal Appeal. Retrieved 18 August 2007.
  2. ^ a b "New South Wales Directory of Members". JSHAA. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2007.
  3. ^ "Annual Report" (PDF). Moriah College. 2012. p. 33. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b Rutland, Suzanne D. (15 September 1999). Moriah College: History and Heritage (MS Word). History in Heritage Works. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Sale Contract" (PDF). Government Property NSW. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Our Land, Our Buildings". Moriah Foundation. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Board of Studies Report" (PDF). Moriah College. 2012. p. 54. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  8. ^ Moriah Wind Ensemble wins NSW title Archived 10 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:1-07-2012)
  9. ^ Moriah Band in Israel Archived 10 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine (accessed:1-07-2012)
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  12. ^ Turnbull, Malcolm (5 June 2008). "Statements by Members: Ms Cheryl Bart; Ms Nikki Bart". OpenAustralia.
  13. ^ Marcus, Caroline (25 May 2008). "Fearless mother and daughter set Everest record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  14. ^ Desiatnik, Shane (23 August 2018). "Blumberg earns pro debut at Charlton". Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  15. ^ Henry, Luke (19 December 2018). "U23s defender accepts scholarship at University of Maryland". Charlton Athletic F.C. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Chickened out". The Australian Jewish News. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Joshua Goot – Biography". JewAge. 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  18. ^ "Getting Involved". Alumni. Moriah College. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  19. ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (9 November 2002). "The ballad of Ben Lee". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  20. ^ Prasad, Jocelyn (26 March 2018). "A breakthrough business that's changing how we shop". Sydney Alumni Magazine. The University of Sydney. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Year 11 Industry Panel" (PDF). Contact. Moriah College. December 2009. p. 22. Retrieved 30 November 2013.

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