Meet our new Chaplain

Brighton Grammar School is delighted to announce the appointment of Reverend Peter Waterhouse as Secondary School Chaplain.

Rev Waterhouse commenced in the role in October 2022. He was previously the first full-time Chaplain at Hume Anglican Grammar.

Growing up as one of four boys, and experiencing an all-boys Anglican education, Rev Waterhouse always knew he would seek placement in an all-boys Anglican school and is looking forward to immersing himself in the spiritual life of Brighton Grammar.

“If there is one word that would aptly summarise my approach to school ministry, it is the word incarnational,” he said.

“I am passionate about sport, musical performance and outdoor education, and so I always seek ways to be involved in the wider curricular life of the school and incorporate the lessons learned through those pursuits into my pastoral conversations, classroom teaching and chapel talks.”

“I am also committed to strengthening the relationship between Anglican schools and the Diocese, as well as educating staff members in the Christian worldview, assisting them where possible with thinking through how to incorporate it into their own discipline or field of knowledge.”

Rev Waterhouse grew up on a semi-rural property in the Macarthur region in the south-west of Sydney and studied sport and health education at Wollongong University. While there, he was also involved in Christian ministry with tertiary students.

He then taught sport, health, and biblical studies at the local Anglican school before moving to Melbourne in 2007 with his wife Joanne (now the College Chaplain at Methodist Ladies College in Kew) to complete theological training at Ridley College in Parkville.

Upon completion of his studies, Rev Waterhouse was ordained in the Melbourne Anglican Diocese and then served as the Curate at St. Mark’s Camberwell before taking up the role of Chaplain at Hume Anglican Grammar in 2014.

His choice of Bible verse for school students is Ecclesiastes 12:1 – ‘Remember your Creator in the days of your youth’ and a favourite adage is: “Jesus doesn’t promise a smooth flight, but he does promise a safe landing.”