Pauline Engel

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Dame Sister Pauline Frances Engel, DBE, is a member of the Sisters of Mercy who served as the third principal of Carmel College in Auckland, New Zealand. She was the first principal to be appointed (in 1983) by Carmel College's Board of Governors.

In the 1995 Queen's Birthday Honours, Engel was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for services to education,[1] having been made a Commander of the same order in 1986.[2]

Partial history of Carmel College[edit]

In 1957, the long held dream of the Sisters of Mercy to establish a Catholic girls' school on the North Shore was realised. Carmel College is the Mercy Charism which is still at the heart or centre of the school.

Sister Mary Justine Gillies was given the mission of founding Carmel College on donated land, initially with fifteen students and no actual classrooms. Sister Justine gathered dedicated teaching Sisters and, as the school grew, these Sisters were joined by the first full-time lay teacher, Mrs Verena Butler, in 1963.

Under Sister Pauline (the third principal of the College, who was appointed in 1983 by the school's Governors), the College undertook an extensive programme of building, expanding and refurbishing. This included building a gymnasium, a food and technology block, an Arts block and the refurbishment of the Science laboratories.


  1. ^ Queen's Birthday Honours List 1995. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  2. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 50553, 13 June 1986. Retrieved 21 January 2013.