Sponsored Walk

On Friday October 24th a whole school  sponsored walk took place to raise funds for school resources.  Staff, students and retired members of staff completed a 5km sponsored walk in fancy dress.  We had a glorious Autumnal day for the walk and raised a phenomenal sum of €10,158.  A big thank you to staff, parents, friends, retired staff members and the wider community who contributed so generously to the event.

It gives me great pleasure as Principal of St. Mary’s College Naas, to welcome you to our school website, which we hope will inform and enlighten you with regards to all aspects of our rich and varied school life. We are an all girls, post-primary Catholic school in the trusteeship of CEIST, and are inspired by the educational vision of the Venerable Catherine McAuley and the Mercy Tradition.  

We at St. Mary’s college have a proud tradition of academic and sporting excellence. This tradition is bolstered by a comprehensive academic curriculum and a vast array of extra-curricular activities delivered by a team of professional, dedicated and committed staff whose goal it is to enable each and every student to reach her full potential. We value education and set our standards high for all members of our school community, to include parents, students and staff alike. Due to this we have a high participation rate in Colleges and each year many of our students go on to become recognized for their academic and sporting achievements through scholarships in third level colleges both at home and abroad.
We also realise what a crucial role the school plays in the life of the student and indeed in that of the wider community. Society is changing at an unprecedented rate and never before has the need for a holistic education become so vital. In an age of increasing materialism and secularism it is our intention to provide our students with a superior level of personal, spiritual and academic support. We aim to not only provide our students with the academic qualifications necessary for personal fulfillment and prosperity but to also foster an innate sense of peace, spiritual awareness and a sense of dignity and purpose which can only lend itself to the holistic development of each student.
Our goal is that each and every one of our students feels supported, respected and valued as an individual within a caring, inclusive and compassionate school environment. It is my hope that as you browse through this website you will discover a vibrant school community, greatly supported by our Board of Management and a very active parents council and characterized by an atmosphere of warmth and vitality where our pupils are active, secure and most importantly happy throughout their educational experience here with us at St. Mary’s College.
Rita McCabe


 St. Mary's College welcomes Cycle against Suicide

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On Monday 28th April St. Mary’s College will host the first stop of the nationwide campaign – ‘Cycle Against Suicide’.  This is a positive well-being campaign which promotes healthy living and positive lifestyle choices. The cycle will circumnavigate the country over a two week period and it is expected that over 7,000 people will participate this year.  It is not a fundraising exercise – but rather a mission which seeks to promote support seeking behaviour, community involvement and a spirit of hope and optimism – particularly in our younger generation.


We are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this venture and the students at St. Mary’s have been actively involved in many ways in the promotion of positivity through our own campaign, ‘Reach for Resilience’.  This year, our focus has been very much on wellbeing and we have organised classes in “mindfulness” and a variety of well-being talks for our students, staff and parents.


Hosting the Cycle stop on the 28th April will be an exciting and challenging task – we are expecting over 800 cyclists for lunch (including two of our teachers and a number of our students who are participating in the first leg of the cycle).  Our girls will be there to welcome, entertain and look after them for a period of approximately two hours. After a presentation by Jim Breen, founder of ‘Cycle Against Suicide’, the cyclists will set out on the second stage of the day which will bring them to Carlow town and some of our own students will accompany them for a short distance.


Finally, this is a very big undertaking and a lot of hard work has gone into the organisation of the event.  I would like to thank the local businesses and organisations who have been extremely generous in their support of the day and we are all looking forward to welcoming the campaign to Naas.


I would also like to thank Ms. Doherty (Link Teacher) and her team of teachers, administrative staff and students in promoting the ‘Cycle Against Suicide’ event in St. Mary’s College on 28th April.


Rita McCabe,




March 2014


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