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

  • Student Council Attend ERST Student Congress
    On Tuesday 23rd April, three of our students went to Cork to represent our school and Student Council at the ERST Student Congress. Demi Sonupe, Kyle John and Tiernan O Dwyer travelled to the heart of Cork City where they engaged ...
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  • TY Soccer team reach Leinster Shield Final!
    ️St Mary’s CBS Leinster Shield Semi-Final win over St Oliver’s Drogheda️

The CBS traveled all the way to Louth to face St. Oliver’s in the Leinster TY Shield semi-final. 
The TY squad faced difficult weather conditions after an early morning ...
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  • Information Morning for Ukrainians in Carlow on May 2nd.
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  • 1st Year Coding Students Embrace Multicultural Week
    Embracing diversity and coding our way through languages! For multicultural week, our first year coding students are designing Scratch programs that translate English into different languages. The program asks the user to input their desired language, and then to input ...
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  • 1A Complete CSPE CBA on Bullying
    As part of their CSPE CBA , Ms. Comerford’s first year class 1A completed a project on Bullying . Their motto for the project was ‘Don’t stand by, stand up’. They researched the topic of bullying over the last number ...
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  • Multicultural Week Board with Events
    It’s Multicultural Week here at St. Mary’s CBS️ Please see the board in the GPA for our range of activities   All info is also posted here ℹ️  Tomorrow, our Student Council have organised the Continental Cup ...
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  • Upcoming South Leinsters Track and Field!
    Preparations are underway for this year’s South Leinsters Track and Field Championships ‍️Many thanks to Reuben, Dan and Tawanna for coaching the boys in the Shot Putt and High Jump.The next competition is on this Wednesday in Carlow! ️ Best ...
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  • School of Sanctuary Update
    ️On Wednesday the 17th of April, Humayoon Shirzad, from School of Sanctuary Ireland paid us a visit. He facilitated workshops with 5th years, TY’s and 2nd years. He met our School of Sanctuary committee and he was ...
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  • Best of Luck to our 2nd Year Basketball Team in the All Ireland A Quarter Finals
    ️ Best of Luck to our 2nd Year Basketball Team in the All-Ireland A Quarter Finals Blitz We are lucky enough to be hosting the blitz in the Nagle Rice Sports Hall at our schoolon this Wednesday 24th ...
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  • CBS ‘From Each Their Best’ Scholarship is now open for applications….
    Each year we offer two scholarships entitled ‘From Each Their Best”, which is our school motto, to our incoming students. These awards recognise students who excel in both sport and academics and who have chosen our school to continue both ...
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