Sheldon College junior library scores $200 thanks to year 2 student's creative Book Week costume

WINNER: Amy Clift, Jack Clift and Transdev communications and customer experience manager Dom Costello.
WINNER: Amy Clift, Jack Clift and Transdev communications and customer experience manager Dom Costello.

A SHELDON College year 2 student was thrilled to help his school expand its library after winning a Book Week competition with his impressive Transformers costume.

Jack Clift, 8, submitted a photo of his carefully-crafted costume of Starscream from Transformers: The Reign of Starscream to Transdev's Book Week competition in August.

His winning efforts scored a $50 book voucher for himself and a $200 voucher for the Sheldon College Junior Learning Centre.

The prize was presented to the school on November 29.

Mum Amy Clift said Jack had been inspired by a four-part online series he had found which showed a father building the costume for his son.

Jack and his parents spent hours making the costume from cardboard, thin ply, fishing wire, coathangers and other household materials.

"He was blown away," Ms Clift said.

"He was so happy to have the chance to do something amazing for his school and impress (Sheldon College principal) Dr (Lyn) Bishop."

STARSCREAM: Jack's costume was carefully crafted from cardboard, ply, fishing line and other household items.

STARSCREAM: Jack's costume was carefully crafted from cardboard, ply, fishing line and other household items.

Junior Learning Centre manager Karen Bishop said library staff were eager to use the money to help tick off the library's wishlist items.

"We are most excited about using this money to purchase resources that further support quality literature and learning," she said.

Transdev's head of business operations Mark McKenzie said the local school and urban bus company were encouraging more students to read.

"While our buses travel set routes, the possibilities of where you can travel through reading are endless. Reading gives you the power to explore new worlds, new locations and new ideas," Mr McKenzie said.

"We are proud to partner with local schools and parents to support students in their education."

Ms Clift said Jack was an avid reader and was excited to add to his book collection at home.

His top picks were Anh Do's Weirdo, Andy Griffith's Treehouse series and Transformers.