TAMWORTH MP Kevin Anderson and NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell are used to handling tough questions in NSW Parliament.
However, on Thursday it was the Year 5-6 students at St Edward's Primary School who were grilling the leaders as part of the school's politics curriculum.
Over the past weeks, the students have been learning about the workings of the state government, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic were unable to see it first hand via their annual excursion to Sydney.
Determined not miss out, the school reached out and invited Mr Anderson and Ms Mitchell to give an in-class lesson.
"It's so fantastic and I think it's great the school is so interested in learning about civics, parliament and understanding all about it," Ms Mitchell said.
"I think the questions were tough, but they are great inquiring minds going forward and I was really thrilled to be able to be here for it."
Ms Mitchell, a Gunnedah local, said she would be "more than happy" to attend other schools for similar lessons.
"I think it is so important, particularly as Education Minister, that young people understand our system of government and understand how parliament works," she said.
"I will always be more than happy to come and do something like this."
Mr Anderson said he was thrilled to share his experiences in politics with the next generation.
"I think the fact they are taking an interest in parliament, politics, leadership, engaging with the community and wanting to know what happens outside of the school boundary is very exciting," Mr Anderson said.
"Their questions were spot on and it was so great to share with them how their government works.
"I really want to thank the team at St Edward's for having us along and I am always eager to do these kinds of things at other schools in our electorate."