Welcome to the first BEO Forum post of 2020.
First of all, let me wish you all a very Happy New Year! I hope it has started well for all of you and continues to be filled with joy, good health and prosperity.
Before you scroll down to have a look at the Q&A we have accumulated from over the holidays, I would like to remind you of some important deadlines that are coming up.
BEO Song Contest Lyrics MUST be submitted via the BEO Portal by 16th February.
BEO Drama Script can (optional!) be submitted via the BEO Portal by 16th February.
Student data & photos MUST be submitted via the BEO Portal by 21st February.
BEO Essentials section on the BEO Portal MUST be filled in by 21st February.
If you have not had a chance to log in and familiarise yourself with the Portal, I recommend you do so at your earliest convenience. If you need any assistance with the Portal, please do contact me directly.
Finally, if you would like to get more guidance on the BEO Debate, make sure you log in next week as well because we will be bringing you some additional support material.
Kamila & the Oxford International team
Do we need to submit general info for the accompanying teachers on the BEO Portal?
You do NOT need to submit any details for accompanying teachers. We are only collecting student data.
Can you clarify what “western business attire” is?
Western business attire refers to smart, professional clothing, rather than a school uniform or a uniform which is too casual. It is not necessary that students wear a suit, but if the event dress code is “western business or school uniform”, they should avoid wearing jeans, sneakers, tracksuits or sports clothing, miniskirts or minidresses, strapless or otherwise revealing clothing.
Do students have certain facilities on campus such as an iron for clothing?
Yes, irons and ironing boards are typically available. Once you have been allocated your campus, you will receive a Centre Guidebook which will provide you with further information about your campus and its facilities, along with a suggested packing list.
Regarding the BEO Investigation, how is it done? Is it a debate or a presentation?
BEO Investigation is a presentation.
The questions that the students are asked by the BEO staff; are they asked to a specific student? Or can they be answered by any of the students performing?
Generally speaking, the questions are presented to the whole team and anyone from the team can answer. However, it could be that there is a particular aspect of the presentation that needs to be clarified and then the question could be directed to the student who presented the given aspect.
My question is concerning the script of the shadow theater. Does it have to be about the cave, the escape and the return? Or can it be a contemporary story inspired by the allegory with no mention of a cave and the return of the man in the cave, but with the same themes and beliefs?
The allegory of the Cave should serve as an inspiration for students’ own story and their own reflection on the beliefs and assumptions which shape their reality.
We are working on the drama and were wondering if the character that can be in front of the screen can go in and out. Can they be behind the screen for some parts of the drama and in front of the screen for other parts?
Yes, they can.