Moriah College

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Moriah College
Queens Park, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°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
Type Independent, day school
Motto To Learn, To Heed, To Act
Religious affiliation(s) Modern Orthodox Judaism
Established 1942
Founder Abraham Rabinovitch
Principal John Hamey
Teaching staff ~260
Grades K – 12
Gender co-educational
Enrolment ~1,800 (2012[1])
Campus type Urban
Colour(s) Navy Blue & Sky Blue         
Harry Triguboff Family Corner House, Moriah College

Moriah War Memorial College (or more commonly, Moriah College) is an Australian independent, Modern Orthodox Jewish, co-educational, day school that is located in Queens Park, an eastern suburb of Sydney, New South Wales. The college provides education from kindergarten to Year 12, and has affiliations with preschool providers sympathetic with Modern Orthodox Judaism.

The college is a member of the Jewish Communal Appeal,[2] and the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA).[3]


Founded in 1942 by Abraham Rabinovitch, Moriah College started as a small school located in Glenayr Avenue, Bondi; still in use today as an affiliated kindergarten.[4] Harold Nagley, the first principal of Moriah, traveled door to door in an attempt to gain pupils.[citation needed] In 1952 Rabinovitch purchased an 1.5 acres (0.61 ha) Bellevue Hill property from the estate of the late Mark Foy for 30,500 for use by the college. 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 experienced rapid expansion from 500 to 800 students and additional properties were acquired in Bellevue Hill to allow for planned 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; however, 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 also relocate the primary school to the site 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 installment of A$20.25 million payable in February 2014.[7] Some older building remain from the Eastern Suburbs Hospital that formerly occupier part of the land. 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]

Moriah Rugby team 2015 did very well. Both under 14s and 18s came third in the Peninsula Cup Tournament.

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  1. ^ "Annual Report" (PDF). Moriah College. 2012. p. 33. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Moriah College". Jewish Communal Appeal. Retrieved 18 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "New South Wales Directory of Members". JSHAA. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2007. 
  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. Moriah College. 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 2014-09-10 at the Wayback Machine. (accessed:1-07-2012)
  9. ^ Moriah Band in Israel Archived 2014-09-10 at the Wayback Machine. (accessed:1-07-2012)
  10. ^ Turnbull, Malcolm (5 June 2008). "Statements by Members: Ms Cheryl Bart; Ms Nikki Bart". OpenAustralia. 
  11. ^ Marcus, Caroline (25 May 2008). "Fearless mother and daughter set Everest record". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Chickened out". The Australian Jewish News. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Joshua Goot - Biography". JewAge. 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Getting Involved". Alumni. Moriah College. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  15. ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (9 November 2002). "The ballad of Ben Lee". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Year 11 Industry Panel" (PDF). Contact. Moriah College. December 2009. p. 22. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 

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