Welcome

Welcome to our new school website. We invite you to browse through our school’s activities, curriculum, photos and policies to get a sense of who the school community at St Mary’s CBS really are. This website is in its early stages and we hope you will watch it grow, as our school does, year on year.

Here, in St Mary’s, we have a long and vibrant link with Portlaoise town, the surrounding townlands and in particular, with our original school in Tower Hill. For those interested in our history, the original corner stones of the Tower Hill school, which were removed in 2010, are now part of our school entrance in the Borris Road.

In 2010, we opened the doors of the Borris Road site with 500 students. Since then we have steadily grown to nearly 800 students in September 2015 and seem set to continue growing, although at a slower pace in the future. Our facilities, which include the impressive Rice Nagle Sports Facility, several soccer, GAA and basketball hard courts, are among the best in the country and our students and staff enjoy state of the art facilities in which to learn and work within our new school building.

However a school facility merely provides a venue in which to provide the opportunities our students deserve in which to grow, gain experience and skills to leave our school with. We have shown over the years that our students are cared for as individuals. True to the Edmund Rice tradition, which underpins all our policies and curricula, we endeavour to

  • Provide excellent teaching and learning,
  • Promote partnership with the wider school community,
  • Create a caring school community
  • Nurture faith, Christian spirituality and Gospel-based values
  • Provide leadership opportunities for students and staff alike

I hope you will enjoy browsing this website and learning about life in St Mary’s CBS.

 

 

 

 

Latest News

  • CBS Scholarship Winners Class of 2024
    The winners of the 2024-25 Class for the ‘From Each His Best’ Scholarship is James Lynch, Stradbally, Eoin Fennelly Holy Family Senior and Fionn Delaney, also of Holy Family Senior. These students have demonstrated their excellence in both sporting and academic ...
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  • Applications Open for 2 Rugby Scholarships for our 2024 1st Years!
    Rugby Scholarship Application 2024 Portlaoise Rugby Club has once again offered two generous Rugby Scholarships to our incoming 1st years who have demonstrated a work ethic and willingness to learn which is above and beyond players of their age, whilst showing exceptional ...
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  • Materials & Stationary for 3rd Years
    Please find attached the list of subject materials, some of which you will need to purchase yourself. At the top of the list, in blue, is the list which the Department of Education have given us to provide to all our ...
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  • Materials & Stationary for 2nd Years
    Please find attached the list of subject materials, some of which you will need to purchase yourself. At the top of the list, in blue, is the list which the Department of Education have given us to provide to all our ...
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  • First Year Materials List For Subjects
    Please find attached the list of subject materials, some of which you will need to purchase yourself. At the top of the list, in blue, is the list which the Department of Education have given us to provide to all our ...
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  • Basketball Scholarship For Incoming First Years
    If your son is starting 1st year this August, and he is currently playing great basketball, he could be the lucky recipient of our Basketball Scholarship, sponsored by Portlaoise Panthers Basketball Club. The recipient will receive an iPad from Wriggle. ...
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  • BOOKS & MATERIALS 1, 2, 3 YEARS
    This year there will be no book rental scheme, nor lists of books for parents to buy.  All texts and workbooks required for the coming year will be provided to each student in years 1-3 in August. There ...
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  • Principal’s Letter to Parents & Guardians June 2024
    Principal’s Letter to Parents & Guardians   This link will take parents/guardians to a letter from the Principal about their son’s return to school in August – dates, books, Readmission Form, etc. As the summer passes, this notification will move lower down ...
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  • St Mary’s CBS Win 1st and 2nd Place in MOS UK and Irish Championships!
    Andrew Coyne, Samuel Duffy and Jack Donoghue represented our school and Ireland yesterday at the 2024 Microsoft Office Specialist UK and Irish Championships.  There were over 30 finalists from the 4 nations who qualified.  Samuel finished 2nd overall and Andrew finished ...
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  • For All Exam Students! Upcoming Road Works on the Borris Road from Wed 12th June
    I wish to advise of upcoming road works to take place on the Borris Road from Wednesday 12thJune. These will involve active travel improvements through the extension of off-road cycling infrastructure, commencing at the end of the existing off-road cycle track ...
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