They were tasked with studying the history of NZ's flag as well as other commonwealth flags, what a flag means to a country and essentially how they would like their flag to represent them.
They were also tasked with looking at both sides of the debate, come up with three strong reasons as to why they would be for and against it and then side with what they believed. Next stage was of course, debating and voting.
I had all three classes for this flag referendum, and it was by far the most passion I have seen from a group of students in a long time.
And the result...
Not like the real voting referendum... our Year 7 and 8 students voted in favour of change by 43 to 24.