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

  • Phishing Emails sent from School Email Addresses
    Further to a recent cyber incident in St Mary’s CBS, we’d like to advise our school community of the following: If you get any odd emails / requests from our school through email, try to contact that person through another means ...
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  • Mindfulness Colouring
    Our 1st Years completing some mindfulness colouring as part of Mental Health Awareness Week
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  • U16 Rugby Blitz
    Well done today to our U16 Rugby team who travelled to Cill Dara Rugby club for a blitz day. A team mixed with experienced players and those new to the game put in two great performances, winning our first game ...
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  • What’s Cooking!
    5th Year Spanish students invaded the Home Ec room this morning to make the traditional Spanish dish Paella and it looked and smelled amazing!
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  • Congratulations Stradbally Parish Gaels
    Congratulations to several CBS students who were crowned Minor B Champions on Wednesday representing Stradbally Parish Gaels. One of our own Conor Buggie captained the side to a convincing victory against Rosenallis!
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  • Christmas Test Timetables
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  • Application Form
    Please find the application form here for any posts advertised on educationposts.ie.
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  • Incoming First Years for September 2018
    All parents who wish to send their son to St Mary’s CBS Portlaoise should submit their completed application by tomorrow, Friday 13th. They will be offered a place for September 2018 by Friday 10th November and must accept in writing ...
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  • Robert Sheehan visits the CBS TY’S
    On Thursday 28th September, Robert Sheehan visited our TY’s in school. There were plenty of photos and questions and Robert patiently and good humouredly answered all questions put to him, from how he does love scenes to ‘Love Hate’ ...
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  • TY Visit Waterford Walls
    The TY’s visited Waterford to see the amazing graffiti walls which have become a tourist attraction of a novel kind.
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