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About Vesta

Vesta is a Private Student Organisation established in 2008. We are a community that enables, develops and cultivates our members in conjunction with the environment we are in. Where one grows the other will follow suit.
We achieve this by offering many arenas of developing the member – Be it involvement from PSO and Campus sport, culture or academics to becoming a leader, team player and a selfless citizen
The Phoenix is our emblem and it represents continuous growth, passion and will. A phoenix can never die and will always rise again, no matter how tough the times seem. Vesta is a place where everyone from all backgrounds will feel welcome and right at home – “From the Ashes we Rise, in the Flames we Grow”.

Vesta's vision and mission

Vesta PSO is a student community within Stellenbosch University. We as the House Committee will equip you, alongside with the broader House- and Campus environment, with all the necessary skills, opportunities, networks and more to ensure you continue your development as a student, a leader and a selfless citizen.
We are an enabling environment wherein our members network with Vesta and other campus communities, partake in a host of programmes tailored to your personal interests but more to offer you a home away from home. Vesta PSO is a family first where we respect, value and uplift each other. We want to ensure that you as a Vestonian are adequately equipped with the necessary tools to thrive within – and after – the University context.

Vesta's values

Our values are to be treasured but open to review and interpretation, because if they are meaningful then they will stand the test of scrutiny, and if not then the reverse should be apparent.
A selflessness governed by the principle of putting any other human’s needs in front of one’s own.
A reciprocal relationship between members where the House offers belonging and the members in turn offer their voluntary willingness to build up the House.
A due regard for any other’s humanity, the environment or social context, sealed with a bond to not violate it under any circumstance great or small.

The history of Vesta

Vesta was established as a PSO in 2008. In its own right it has grown to become a PSO with campus-wide standing and participation. Being a PSO goes with both its challenges and excitements – we are here to build it up, develop you as a student and as a leader. We are here to make history with you and to enable the environment around us.

Activities and offerings

At Vesta PSO we will enable you to shine in all sports, cultural and leadership arenas – and so much more! In the division of Sports we offer much. Rugby, hockey, cricket, squash and soccer are the major sports we offer in conjunction with the broader Maties Community. Table tennis and basketball teams have been formed and we are anxious to get them performing again with your help.
Culture is a very big integral part of Vesta and is as important as academics and sport. Vestonians are given many
opportunities to exhibit their talent, some serious and others just for fun! Vesta Culture includes a host of events occurring throughout the year, most notable Molassesêr (an informal and extremely fun singing competition happening just after Welcoming Week), SU Acapella (for the serious singers out there), debating championships (English and Afrikaans), Toneelfees (Theatre Festival where students write a script and compete in a Stellenbosch theatre!), various Cluster Culture Evenings where students will showcase their talents, skills and enthusiasm for the arts as well as many other events and competitions.
At Vesta we are proud to announce a new Leadership Development initiative wherein prospective leadership candidates for committees, mentorships, campus leadership positions and such are sent on paid-for development courses in order to equip you to run Vesta PSO and/various other domains.
Once you arrive at Vesta PSO you will be warmly greeted and highly encouraged to take part and to form part of the House. This is for your benefit and we can’t wait to see you live out your full potential.

Mentorship offered by Vesta

Vesta has handpicked a group of Vestonians that will act as mentors in the coming year. These mentors will help the incoming group of students to bridge the gap between high school and university life. This is not the only function of a mentor; all of them are trained to ensure the newcomers arriving in Stellenbosch are given the opportunity to grow in all aspects of life. Some mentors can also assist academically. Although all newcomers will be allocated a mentor on their first day of Orientation week, there is also a House Committee. The House Committee better known on campus as the HK will play a major role in your growth on campus these are usually seniors that have been on campus a few years now. So when you doubt anything they would also be there to act as a mentor.

Vesta's Primarius

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PSO Coordinator: Lisinda de Jager

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Social Media

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