About Saint Mary's
Honorary Degree - Pauline Scott
22 April, 2016
Pauline Scott is the former Principal of Sacred Heart High School in Halifax. At her retirement event in May 2015, more than 500 alumnae, parents and staff turned out to celebrate Ms. Scott’s 45 years as an educator and influential role in the lives of thousands of young women.
Born and raised in Edinburgh, Ms. Scott earned an education degree from Digby Stuart College in Roehampton in 1969. After teaching for a year near London, she accepted an invitation to move to Halifax for a position as a teacher at the Convent of the Sacred Heart.
Following a promotion to Assistant Headmistress in 1973, and graduation from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1975, Ms. Scott became Headmistress of the Convent of the Sacred Heart in 1976, serving in this capacity until she completed a master’s degree at Harvard University in 1982. For the next 33 years, she empowered students, colleagues and alumnae as Director of Studies and Principal of the Sacred Heart High School.
In addition to promoting social programs, and membership on the interim Board that led the transition from the Convent of the Sacred Heart to Sacred Heart High School of Halifax, Ms. Scott was a founding member of the Halifax Associates of the Religious of the Sacred Heart and an active participant in the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation round table. Past service also includes membership in the Nova Scotia Debating Society and seats on the Provincial Executive for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and the finance committee for the Canadian Martyrs’ Parish.
Ms. Scott’s community contributions continue today in her service as secretary on the Executive Board for the Charitable Irish Society and her work as a Eucharistic Minister and a Visiting Minister for her Parish. A lifelong educator, she received the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality's 2014 Magis Award. Her legacy of student support lives on in the Pauline Scott Bursary, a financial award established in her honour by Sacred Heart High School of Halifax.