Welcome to our Head of School, Mr. Dave Pontich!! Dave strongly encourages you to visit our campus to appreciate the local environment in the lower Cowichan Valley. Being located at the base of Mount Baldy with our own direct access to Shawnigan Lake allows us to provide an adventurous and inspirational outdoor education program that will help develop an appreciation for nature and a love for the outdoors.
“At St. John’s, we aspire to be a community that recognizes that diversity is our strength with a healthy mix of local and international students. Having a capacity of less than 200 students ensures every individual’s uniqueness is celebrated in our warm and caring family. All staff are committed to ensuring students realize both their academic and social potential with our holistic approach to learning and student wellbeing.”
After spending most of his career abroad, He is delighted to be returning to Canada. Having the opportunity to live on Vancouver Island is very special to him, as there is no place that he would rather be. He looks forward to welcoming you to St. John’s Academy Shawnigan Lake and showing you what makes our school so special!
Please drop in to say HI to Dave! ?


St. John’s Academy is a growing IB (International Baccalaureate) school nestled against Shawnigan Lake on Canada’s Vancouver Island. It intentionally brings together both local and international boarding students so that all of our students have an enriching and academically rigorous experience.

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